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Brits urged to ask four questions which could get you an upgrade on your flight

Brits urged to ask four questions which could get you an upgrade on your flight

If you want an upgrade, ask these four questions.

Having flown business class a handful of times, it's undeniably a quality experience.

Better food, better service, more legroom - it's exactly what it says on the tin.

But if we're being honest, it's pretty hard to justify a plane ticket that costs more than the holiday itself.

With first-class seats costing more than ever, the dream scenario is getting a free/discounted upgrade when you get to the airport.

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But there may be a few ways around this.

As told by best-selling business author, Peter Economy, in his column for, there are apparently four key questions to ask airport staff when you check-in.

I know, someone whose last name is 'Economy' is giving you advice on how to upgrade. The irony.

1. Is there an opportunity for upgrades on this flight?

Perhaps the most obvious question to ask, but if you don't ask, you don't get.

He reminds flyers to 'politely ask' and don't forget to 'smile' when you get to the check-in desk.

'Any sense of entitlement' won't work.

2. I don't need my seat - do you need someone to upgrade?

This is a smart question to ask if the flight is oversold.

"Consider telling the agent that you are willing to give up your seat if they need someone to upgrade," Economy insists.

"Make it clear that you would be happy to volunteer and ask whether you can be upgraded for a future flight."

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3. I have been inconvenienced; can I be considered for an upgrade?

If an airline has made a 'serious error' with your booking, or they are 'at fault for something', the better chance you'll get something in return.

"Airlines want to keep their customers happy - ask about upgrade availability if you have come face to face with an inconvenience because of the airline," Economy adds.

"If possible, you may even stress that you have been a loyal customer to the airline, and that you have an existing positive relationship with them as well."

4. Am I dressed the part?

This is a question to ask yourself.

I know it's sad, but the reality is that we still live in a world with unspoken dress codes, and trying to get an upgrade in flip flops and shorts is not the best idea.

Economy quotes Claire O'Mahoney, assistant manager at online flight booking website Flight Centre, who said that 'you definitely don't want to look out of place up in the front of the plane, that could annoy full-paying customers and make you feel uncomfortable'."

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Topics: Travel, Plane Etiquette, Holiday