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You Will Need
- Y-UP fares
- Good attitude
- Membership in a frequent flier club
- Credit card that earns miles (optional)
Buy a Y-UP fare
Ask about upgrade prices when booking a plane ticket, and purchase Y-UP also known as Q-UP or Z fares. Although Y-UP fares are more expensive and have greater restrictions, these tickets are more likely to be upgraded.
Treat the employees nicely
Treat the employees at the airline with respect. They are more likely to grant your request if they like you.
Join a frequent flier club
Join a frequent flier mileage club and be a loyal customer of the airline. Let the employees at the airline know this. You might be able to trade in your earned miles for a free upgrade.
Fit the profile
Fit the customer profile for typical upgrades. Usually, upgrades go to passengers who arrive early and are traveling alone.
Give a specific reason
Give a specific reason for wanting an upgrade to first or business class on the plane, such as wanting to sit closer to the front because you fear turbulence, or needing an aisle seat to accommodate long legs.
Be willing to move
Be willing to move when asked by an employee. Don't immediately refuse. They may be offering you an upgrade. With these tips and a little luck, you'll be flying in comfort.