The ultimate fantasy of every frequent traveler is to one day score an airline upgrade: To get something valuable (for nothing) that makes a journey infinitely more comfortable and memorable.
The “upgrade fantasy” is understandable—particularly given the disturbing trend of airfares increasing as seat size and legroom simultaneously shrink.
If, like me, you are prone to wishful thinking, I found this excellent video by body language expert Mark Bowden who offers his expert tips on how to get airlines upgrades for FlightNetwork.com (an online Canadian travel agency). I thought the video included some helpful hints, not only for travelers, but for anyone who is dependent on someone else in a more powerful role than he/she is.
Here’s what Mark says:
Although the video is done well, some people prefer reading rather than watching YouTube videos so I was pleased to see the website also offered a written crib sheet for those of us too impatient to watch a 7-minute video to the end.
By the way, I’ve never been lucky enough to score an airline upgrade but I haven’t given up on the fantasy. Maybe next time, I think…
Do you have any hints, tricks or practical strategies for scoring airline upgrades that worked? Would you consider trying any of Mark’s strategies?