There might be billions of tricks to get upgraded to Business and First class Airlines. However, they all require more than praying and good behavior.

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  1. Hold Frequent Flyer Status with an airline

    Anytime the airline has oversold their seats (especially possible between major cities – Mumbai-Delhi, New York – Boston, London-Paris are few examples where it occurs frequently. There might be a holiday season etc.

    Usually, members with top tier get upgraded

  2. Bid for Upgrade

    There are many airlines that allow you to bid your price online or during the check-in. They are a fraction of the price that you would pay to get full upgrade. Many airlines have fixed cash prices to upgrade.


    Most of the airlines allow you to use your miles to upgrade your seat category. It only makes to upgrade one level. It would be a very stupid use of miles for 2 level upgrades. Now it depends on the airlines’ configuration.

    Some airlines have

    Economy > Premium Economy > Business Class

    (In this case, it doesn’t make sense to upgrade from Economy to Business. I would rather buy Premium Economy and be upgraded to business than Economy to Business).

    Other airlines have

    Economy- Business Class – First class configuration.

    (In this scenario, the smart choice is to use Economy to Business but a very bad choice for Economy to First.)

    Most airlines have Economy and Business Only


    Buy Targeted Tickets

    I have done this so many times where I would buy business class and would automatically be upgraded to the first as the condition of the sale. Etihad, Gulf Air, KLM and Singapore Airlines keep having those offers.

  5. Buy Mixed Class Cabins

    Get ticket of Economy for a certain sector and business class for another. Normally when such mixed cabin tickets are issued on same PNR – it creates a logistical issue for airline as the fare rules of bigger class apply.Example if you are flying Dubai – London on Business Class and London – Berlin on the economy, you technically get all the features of business class cabin and airlines might upgrade you full way. Many times I just get my flight changed and get on one which has business class option vs all economy flight. Airlines have authority to put you on another flight.

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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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