What to do if you can’t sweet talk your way to a flight upgrade

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  • With the new year just around the corner, you’ll no doubt be working out how to double your holiday allowance to make the most of 2020 getaways.

    And why not? We need something to look forward to while the weather’s miserable, wet and windy.

    Whether you’re heading to the mountains on a wellness retreat or checking in to this must-visit Omani hotel, you’ll want to make sure that when you land on the other side you’re well rested (and your skin is benefiting from these travel beauty tips, too).

    Obviously, getting upgraded is the dream. Who doesn’t want to find themselves turning left when they board the plane? Surely everyone wants to settle into a nice cosy seat and enjoy a glass of bubbly without a screaming toddler kicking the back of your chair – right?

    However, getting a flight upgrade isn’t as easy as just asking the check in staff for one when you’re dropping your bags off (and there’s one thing you definitely don’t shouldn’t do if you want to be in with a chance).

    Former flight attendant Lee Cobaj spoke to Skyscanner about what to do if you just can’t get that flight upgrade.

    ‘It is a bit easier to bag an economy row to yourself. Chit-chat to the check-in staff and ask if the flight is full. If the answer is no, then request a seat in an empty row.

    ‘You can also ask the cabin crew when you get onboard but wait until the flight is almost full, when they should know if and where the spare seats are.’

    While it’s not quite the same as first class luxury, the extra space is very welcome – especially if you’re on a long haul flight and you find yourself wedged into a variety of uncomfortable positions whilst trying to watch Finding Nemo.

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