10 Ways to Score an Upgrade on Your Next Flight

5.22.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

A new survey of 700 flight attendants in 83 countries reveals the best ways to score a golden ticket to the front of the plane.

If you're a single man in you’re 30s, you’re in luck. According to a recent survey of 700 flight attendants in 83 countries, published in the U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper, those are the people who are most likely to get an upgrade on your next flight. It also helps if that man is snappily dressed and has good manners, the poll says.

Least likely to get escorted to the front of the plane: Anyone traveling in groups and females in their late teens who are wearing revealing clothing.

Here are the Top 10 Ways, based on the survey, to improve your chances of getting an upgrade.

1. Be friendly and polite—82 percent say that would make a difference.
2. Join the airline’s frequent-flyer program—82 percent say that helps.
3. Travel alone—72 percent say they’re more likely to upgrade a lone flyer.
4. Point out an injury—65 percent said this would count as a factor
5. Dress smartly—59 percent are more likely to upgrade a well-dressed traveler.
6. Point out that you’re on your honeymoon—58 percent said they’re more likely to upgrade honeymooners.
7. Know the cabin crew—55 percent said they are more likely to upgrade a friend of family member.
8. Travel at unpopular times—47 percent said you’re clearly more likely to get an upgrade when there are more seats to spare.
9. Tell a sob story—35 percent said sad stories can sway their decision.
10. Look your best—31 percent said they are more likely to grant an upgrade to a well-groomed, attractive passenger.

Read the full Telegraph story here.

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