Travellers surveyed on their tricks for receiving flight upgrades
Posted on Monday 30 April 2012
in Airport, Flights
Many travellers would agree that getting a free perk while on their holiday is always appreciated. Some will receive a room upgrade at their hotel, while lucky passengers' flights may even be bumped into business class if a plane is overbooked. According to a recent survey by Wotif.com, more than 38,000 travellers were surveyed to find out about how they handle freebies on the road and to what lengths will they go to ensure they get the best service available.
Although many passengers on planes are not deterred by rising ticket rates and extra fees for things like check-in baggage, a waived charge or complimentary upgrade can be appreciated among all the added expenses.
Nearly half of those surveyed said they would even go out of their way to ensure they are going to have the best flight possible. Roughly 44 per cent answered that they would delay their flight if guaranteed an upgrade to a better seat on the plane. Another 19 per cent would stay behind even if they were not travelling alone to secure a good spot on a flight, and about 13 per cent may bend the truth to help them receive a change of cabin or have extra fees waived.
When travellers are hoping to get extra bonuses when taking flights or heading to their hotel, there are a few ways they can improve their chances and experience some special perks on their future holiday. According to MSNBC, although most flight attendants are not permitted to grant special moves into business or first class from economy, there are several special circumstances that could allow for this special situation. If travellers are flying solo, this ups their chances of an upgrade, as couples and families rarely get to move to a new class together.
Although monetary bribes almost never work, dressing the part may help. Those in suits or that are smartly dressed may be more likely to receive the perk of moving to a better part of the plane as well.
Even though flying can be a stressful experience, especially on longer international flights, Indian travellers should always try to stay friendly and keep calm while doing what flight attendant ask. This could put them in a favourable light when its time to choose those who gets the upgrade.
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