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There are various ways to be upgraded and different airlines follows different systems. One answer doesn’t fit all the systems.

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  1. Monetary upgrade

    A. Paying outright

    Basically, when you are checking in , ask about if there are any upsell offers. Mostly they do. They would charge you certain fee that is just a small percentage of revenue required.

    B. Bidding

    Many international airlines offer to bid at the gate/check-in counter. Someone with the highest bid is offered the seat up ahead.

  2. Miles Upgrade

    If you are a customer for the airline and have accumulated miles through different hacks. (Something that I cover extensively on my blog). You can pay outright amount of miles required to be upgraded. Policies regarding miles upgrade is changing.

  3. Technical upgrades

    When airlines have oversold the flight. They would bump certain passengers up to business class or even first class. How does that happen? How to maximize that?

    1. A person with the highest FF status.
    2. A Person with highest booking class
    3. A person checking first/last at the boarding gate depending on airline system.

  4. VIP Discretion

    If you are an influencer in any way and airline Personel decide that they would like to get into your good books. They might bump you up.

  5. Frequent flyer benefits

    Many airlines offer different benefits to their frequent flyers. Some outright offer unlimited upgrades which technically entitles you to be upgraded on every flight as long as you clear for the upgrade. Other airlines offer a certain amount of upgrades for their frequent flyer members. 


I would create a separate post for the art of getting bumped up. 

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Cody is a native of city Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He acquired a degree in Engineering (IT) from Rajeev Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal. He had a keen interest in the field of networking and network security and took various courses such as OWASP, EC Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) Routing and Switching. After finishing his education, he joined up corporates to establish his career as IT Tester and Auditor. He moved up to become IT consultant and shared his expertise with IT industries. Cody loves traveling and socializing. He has traveled over 30 countries in the past two years. He enjoys flying business class and staying in 5-star hotels. He has been featured in multiple publications such as Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar, magazines such as Men’s Health. He was invited to inspire people on a platform such as TEDx.


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