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 travel consultant and full-time traveler from India. He holds a deep background in Network and Network Security. Something that enabled him to develop the hacker mindset. He uses his hacker mindset to travel Luxuriously and to stay in suites in 5-star hotels and resorts and fly business or first class at very economical prices by applying various travel hacks to enrich his and his client's life. He helps people maximizing their travel portfolio. He believes that your current travel should reward your future travels. Cody initially traveled as a backpacker and stayed in modest locations and over the period has improved his life by using all his travel hacks to stay in top-end luxury locations across the world. Cody has traveled over 60 countries in last 5 years. Cody is a blogger, motivator, storyteller, travel consultant and a life coach. 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. He has trained over 100s of people achieve their lifestyle goals.


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