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How to get yourself upgraded on a flight

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We've lost count of the times we've hoped and prayed to the travel gods to get an upgrade on a long-haul flight, only to be disappointed as we see others smugly go past as they get ushered behind the golden curtain.

But fear not! No longer will you lament your lack of travel know-how, as we've discovered the infographic, created by Cheap Flights, which shows you, and us, how to get that elusive upgrade. 

The infographic gives you a step-by-step guide of how to increase your chances of scoring that elusive upgrade, 

To begin with, six months before departure ensure you buy tickets separately as a group is less likely to get upgraded.

Also, make sure you travel from a smaller airport and do it at the weekend as it will increase your chances of an upgrade due to the fact that there are fewer business travellers around at the weekend. 

Three months before you head off make sure you've booked using your title, so if you're a doctor, a professor or a judge then you can use that status to your advantage. Also book a flight for earlier in the day as staff will feel less pressured. 

One important bit of advice, and maybe is that you don't want to pre-order a flight meal as apparently higher-class seats rarely carry extra-special order meals, so those with pre-ordered vegetarian meals may not get an upgrade. 

Then the day before, make sure you check in online and also check your emails for any offers of cheaper business class seats. 

On the day of departure dress the part so wear smart clothes and look like a business traveller. Stand tall in the crowd and act like you deserve to be in first or business class. 

Another handy tip is to let the staff know why you're celebrating and also being nice to them helps too. Finally, another brilliant tip is to bring the flight attendants a treat, even if you don't get upgraded you're bound to be their favourite customer and therefore you'll get treated better on the flight. 

Click on the infographic below to enlarge

How to get yourself upgraded infographic

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