The only time on a flight that you may be eligible for an upgrade

ALL passengers dream of an upgrade on their flight, but few know the real tricks to securing a seat in First Class.

A former cabin crew sometimes gave that away best time to upgrade is at the very last moment, when already on the plane.

The cabin crew revealed how to announce an upgrade mid-flight


The cabin crew revealed how to announce an upgrade mid-flightPhoto credit: Getty

Former flight attendant Lia Ocampo said travel and leisure: “There are times when a flight has weight and balance issues.

“The flight crew then asks the flight attendants to transfer passengers from the rear to first class or to the middle of the cabin. Then we decide who we want to persuade to upgrade.”

She went on to say that it’s generally those passengers who were friendly and smiling who are first considered for a last-minute upgrade.

She added, “A passenger who calls me by my name is someone who stands out.”

Lia continued: “With my airline, our names are engraved on the flight attendant wings we wear and we introduce ourselves at the start of the flight.

“So when a passenger speaks to me by my name, it creates a culture of respect and appreciation.”

This is the exception to the rule, however, as cabin crew members often have little power when it comes to in-flight upgrades.

Meanwhile, former flight attendant Kat Kamalani said travel and leisure that passengers should start their search for an upgrade at the boarding gate.

She explained, “Once we’re on board, there’s nothing more we can do as flight attendants.”

Terminal gate staff have a list of frequent flyers expected to board the flight, with these individuals at the top of any upgrade list.

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However, the former cabin crew members suggest speaking to the ground team at the gate and inquiring about the airline’s own specific upgrade policy.

If no frequent flyers are scheduled for the flight, then it could be your lucky day.

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Use these top tips to upgrade and avoid being cramped in the economyPhoto credit: Getty The only time on a flight that you may be eligible for an upgrade

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