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Probably not the answer you were hoping for, but I think the best way to get upgraded is to fly a lot with the airline. Generally when the flight's overbooked in one class, and they're trying to pick which person to upgrade, frequent flyer status is the first metric they use. The higher your status, the higher up the list you go! Having a high status with a ...


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Courtesy! In my experience, simply being courteous to those behind the check-in counter (and the baggage handling staff, too) helps a great deal. Most airline staff is perennially overworked, and dealing with grouchy passengers doesn't help their cause. I have gotten upgraded (not only in traveling class, but also with excess baggage) a few times, by just ...


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Some airlines sell "last minute upgrades". For example Air Canada does this on almost every flight. At first it seemed to be about $100/hr - $500 for a 5 hour flight, for example - but I think it is somewhat less than that now. Depending on whether you think that's a good deal, you could choose either an airline that offers LMU (so you can have a chance to ...


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Bonus tip - on a flight two weeks ago from Los Angeles to Auckland, I was stuck in the 2nd to last row, in the middle between two big military folk. I was not looking forward to this. I'd tried at check-in and at the gate for an aisle seat, but no luck. However, on board I kept my eyes open and noticed the guy next to me had a buddy a row ahead. This was ...


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I never managed to get upgraded myself, but my supervisor's technique is as follows: He always tries to fly with one airline, collects miles and has the highest possible frequent flyer status. He arrives quite early for check-in and goes to the Business Class/frequent flyer desk, and there he just asks if it's possible to get upgraded. It seems to work ...


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One way that worked for me was when the airline was overbooked, and needed volunteers to take a later flight. It turned out that there was one no show in business class, so they gave my seat to a standby, and gave me the business class seat.


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Check in early! I've been upgraded only once, LAX to Cincinnati. It was a night flight and overbooked, so it was quite nice to get a nicer seat to sleep in. I did not have a frequent flyer deal with the airline nor did I pay or give anybody anything. I also don't fly that much either. The reason I think I was chosen for the upgrade is because I checked in ...


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As to the reason for the name, from the Terms and Conditions: Each upgrade is valid for 500 miles of travel. Each flight segment requires at least one upgrade. Thus, if you wish to upgrade your seat on a flight which is 1500 miles long, you would need to use three of these 500-mile upgrades.


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The #1 rule of upgrades is to not believe most of what is said and written about them. There may have been a time (decades ago) when upgrades were at the discretion of the gate or flight crew, and being pleasant and well-dressed might work. These days, some airlines don't even have a premium cabin, and those that do have strict rules about upgrades. There ...


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As Gagravarr says, having elite status with an airline can sometimes lead to upgrades due to overbooking. However, as well as offering to pay cash, some airlines will allow elite status members to upgrade in other ways. For example, I have Executive Platinum status with American Airlines. They give me 8 free 'Systemwide' upgrades a year to spend on ...


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Being 6'4" on a Japanese airline. I was checking in on a partially empty daytime JAL flight from Sydney to Tokyo and they upgraded me to the exit row for free, even though I initially expressed my concern about understanding Japanese in an emergency. No techniques or tricks, just "otherwise"! It's possible that checking in early helped, though. JAL only ...


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You can always try and give the flight crew something as a token of appreciation. This is usually something with chocolates (as this is easy to divide among the personnel), but that is definitely not necessary. You should never automatically expect something in return though, but it sure might help! Here's an article with some tips: 10 tips for thanking ...


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Getting hotel upgrades is indeed like getting flight upgrades -- the odds are low, and stay low even if you try to game the system, but occasionally you win. First of all, it's important to understand that there are "upgrades" and then there are upgrades. A slightly larger room or a room facing the park instead of the parking lot is a small upgrade and ...


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I once booked a compact (i.e. cheapest available) car at Avis in Germany via Internet, and included a satnav option. Because they didn't have (or didn't want to bother with) a portable satnav, I got a Ford S-Max with a builtin one.


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I have verified that you can upgrade two segments of a ticket, but there has to be something special about the segments. In this case, the trip goes JFK-MLE and stops in Singapore's hub SIN. However there is also a short stopover in Frankfurt between JFK-SIN. After booking the JFK-MLE ticket (which has the following stops JFK-FRA-SIN-MLE) I was able to ...


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Ask for it. Don't be shifty. Don't be sneaky. Don't be shady. Ask them if they have the extra seats to upgrade you. If you don't complicate things, you don't run a chance of making the situation awkward, if you are not awkward you are confident, and if you are confident you can run your charm on the person behind the desk for something that isn't even ...


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AAdavntage has a section on their site explaining what the 500 Mile Upgrade is: 500-mile upgrades allow you to upgrade from Economy Class to the next class of service for travel on American Airlines or American Eagle: Within and between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, The Bahamas and Bermuda Between the U.S. and Central America ...


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This isn't a specific answer to your question since my experience is with ANA (not SQ), however, both are Star Alliance (SA) so they may have similar policies. Think of this as a warning (that was too long to fit into a comment). My wife and I booked a round-trip IAD-NRT on ANA using miles. We then used miles to upgrade the outgoing flight but not the ...


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While there is a wide range of options for redeeming points at https://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/redeemMiles/main.jsp there doesn't seem to be any facility for transferring Upgrade packages to any other reward. It doesn't look like they are transferable to other named individuals either, so you may be out of luck here...


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From FlyerGuide.com: An e500 (also known as a “500 miler”) is an upgrade certificate that allows a one-cabin upgrade on a flight of 500 miles or less within Region 1. They can be combined to upgrade longer flights (details below). Mileage Plus elite members who are Premier or above earn 4 e500s for every 10,000 miles flown on revenue tickets on ...


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The most usual case when the rental companies will upgrade your car to the next better class is when there are no cars of your class available, so if you rent from an off airport office you're more likely to get a better car then when you rent from a larger office like the ones at major airports.


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Fare class is one, but far from the only, determinant of whether a ticket is upgradeable. You must also factor in the type of upgrade instrument you want to use your frequent flyer elite status whether one or more segments is a codeshare upgrade restrictions imposed on certain routes, aircraft, or travel dates restrictions written into the individual ...


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Given that you are looking to upgrade a flight on an airline other than the one you have status with, what you are referring to is a Star Alliance Upgrade. These upgrades are generally only available on very expensive fares - on most airlines (including United) they are only available on "B" and "Y" fares, which are the two highest level of Economy fares. ...


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Yes, you can ask for an upgrade while checking in online or checking in at the airport using a self-service machine. That being said, it's always better to request an upgrade well in advance to increase your chances of getting one. You can do that online either when you buy your ticket or later. That applies at least to all major US airlines. American ...


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In my experience, there are four things which affect your chances of getting an upgrade. The first, and easiest to arrange, is being a member of the loyalty program for that hotel chain. You'll often need to be at least off the bottom rung to get a very good upgrade, and suites tend to only come for people with the highest status. However, when deciding who ...


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I noticed that when you are the last passenger boarding a Ryanair plane in the front, then they sometimes let you sit on reserved seats, which normally cost extra. That means more space due to no or less neighbors, and if you are really lucky, even for your legs (front row). Why Ryanair is doing that? I have two assumptions: They want to speed up the ...


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To follow up on my question - I emailed American to ask them if there was anything else I could do with these upgrades; and they allowed me to convert as many as I wished to miles, at 500 miles per upgrade. I am an Exec Platinum who flies a lot with them, so this may have been a one-time offer - I can't guarantee if they would always do this for everyone (I ...


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Based on what you have said, in the questions and comments, I think you've joined the wrong Frequent Flyer program! As a general rule, airline frequent flyer programs fall into one of three categories. One is US based alliance, one is international alliance or large independent, and the final is budget. We'll ignore the last category for this answer (they ...


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First, the online check-in or kiosk check-in services are made as easy as possible so all passengers can deal with it, I have never seen an advanced one that offers an upgrades or so. Usually if you have points you will be able to redeem it at the booking time which marks your booking as first or business class booking so at the check-in time you will be ...


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In these days of internet bookings, it's easy to forget that most of the big companies have teams of people paid to take sales calls. Most of these people have quite a lot of discretion about giving you discounts, freebies, upgrades and other goodies. So, after you've found the car you want, you should call their sales line, and get a quote. Then ask them if ...



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