Upgrade to Business class?

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lLmi30

Wayfair Eng

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Jul 14 32 Comments

Seriously, how do people just get upgraded to business class? Is there a catch to it? Are they paying extra cash behind the scenes? How does one qualify for an upgrade?

I have seen some people getting upgraded randomly. Any tips?

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TOP 32 Comments
  • You have to be likeable. I get upgraded all the time! Being good looking doesn't hurt either.

    Just kidding, I am ugly and have to pay for the upgrade everytime :(!
    Jul 14 0
  • Wayfair WNEm45
    Be a frequent flier, get status, and have miles to burn on upgrades.
    Jul 14 4
    • Wayfair / Eng
      lLmi30

      Wayfair Eng

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      Do you imply sticking to 1 airline?
      Jul 14
    • Facebook bUJh14
      I stick to one "group". I personally prefer Delta of the US airlines and their group has a decent coverage: KLM and Airfrance.
      Also this group is more advantageous on the east coast due to being European airlines. If you got to China/India you will probably connect in Europe
      Jul 14
    • Wayfair WNEm45
      India sure but even for China? Flying west is so much faster for Far East Asia.
      Jul 14
    • Affirm / Eng whom65
      I'm a Delta guy as well. With Platinum status in a non-hub city, I get upgraded all the time.
      Jul 14
  • Prudential / Strategy sm11
    Having status on airlines is pretty much the only way you can get upgraded these days — stick to 1 airline
    Jul 14 0
  • Atronix Engineering / Eng
    GAeng

    Atronix Engineering Eng

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    Mylan
    GAengmore
    Frequent flyer on Delta (live in Atlanta), I fly few times a month and I am still only Silver medallion. If you want to get status quick, go with American or United. I get upgraded most of the time. It also depends on how full the flight is, and how many people with higher status are flying with you. They tend to upgrade to open up the cheap seats when they are running low.
    Jul 14 2
    • Atronix Engineering / Eng
      GAeng

      Atronix Engineering Eng

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      GAengmore
      Agreed. Thinking I’ll book a flight to PEK just to push me over the edge
      Jul 14
    • Atronix Engineering / Eng
      GAeng

      Atronix Engineering Eng

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      Mylan
      GAengmore
      Didn’t even know this existed, thanks!
      Jul 14
  • TC?
    Jul 14 2
    • Wayfair / Eng
      lLmi30

      Wayfair Eng

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      Jul 14
    • Neudesic dhhskku
      Is TC (Total Compensation)? And did you just randomly ask that from her/him? Lol
      Jul 26
  • Amazon / Other Valon
    United Global Service here. Upgrades are reserved for the most tiered members. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy it if you don’t have status.

    Priority for upgrades usually goes in this order: Status tier, coupons/instruments to upgrade to next level cabin, fare class bought.

    Honestly, business class is not glamorous on USA based airlines. It’s definitely worth it for Asian airlines, a select few Europeans, Qatar, or Emirates
    Jul 21 1
    • Microsoft / Field Ops
      FRQE40

      Microsoft Field Ops

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      British first class is the best business class in the sky fad the joke went).
      Jul 22
  • I’m platinum pro at American and get eco plus all flights. Business is iffy on American as you get a shitty meal meant for a 6 year old and usually no power outlets
    Jul 14 0
  • Microsoft mfttse3h
    Directly or indirectly you have to pay for it. You never get it by luck..
    "Points"/"Loyalty" is basically another name for money
    Jul 14 3
    • Salesforce benimeoff
      That is not true if you travel frequently for work. The points/loyalty is ‘free’ since you are getting reimbursed for what you spend.
      Jul 15
    • Microsoft mfttse3h
      Well it's what the company pays you..
      Jul 15
    • I fly weekly for work
      The last thing I want to do on vacation is get on another plane and stay in another hotel
      Jul 16
  • Google / Strategy Pelligrino
    United 1K. I pay economy but fly business all the time. I board before group 1 and it’s the life! I’d love to get the unpublished global service status but that means I’m never home. :)
    Jul 16 0
  • Amazon
    hdr107

    Amazon

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    hdr107more
    Once you have status with one airline you can ask other airlines to match status, I got my United and Alaska status based on my Delta tier.
    Jul 14 0
  • Amazon buddy’s
    Those who get randomly upgraded are chosen from list of passengers who paid the most for the economy class .
    Jul 14 0
  • Amgen Fin4eng
    Airline status + credit card reward points to book business class with points. Stick to fewer airlines if playing status game or buy business class directly with points if using credit cards
    Jul 14 0
  • Expedia / Eng hnAy18
    1) actually pay for it
    2) earn points
    3) be extremely lucky and get an upgrade (which never happened to me despite being high tiered customer in my airline and even flying on my birthday)
    Jul 14 0
  • Amazon Ftsb
    Have status on Airlines and you’re upgraded based on that status
    Jul 14 0
  • Microsoft / Field Ops
    FRQE40

    Microsoft Field Ops

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    FRQE40more
    I used to be EXP on American. They’d upgrade me on nearly every flight. Now I’m 75K with Alaska and it’s a little tougher after the merger with VA, but it’s still probably 75% of the time.
    Jul 14 0
  • Salesforce benimeoff
    Status and points bro, get with the program
    Jul 14 0
  • Amazon
    Duke Leto

    Amazon

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    The spice must flow!
    Duke Letomore
    Stick with 1 airline and get an airline mileage CC and fly more frequently.
    Jul 14 0
  • Facebook tweek
    Most airlines allow you to transfer points from major credit cards (chase and amex especially) and then pay for upgrade with those points. Or just book biz with points. High TC helps as you typically spend more and make more points if you use the cards correctly.
    Jul 14 0
  • Yahoo / Eng
    eanN64

    Yahoo Eng

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    getting to know things
    eanN64more
    Check the airlines website a day or 2 before the flight. You would certainly get a decent deal.
    Jul 14 0
  • New / QA
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    New QA

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    Love music. Hate overengineering.
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    Overbooking?
    Jul 14 0

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