Gilbert Ott travels a lot. Over the years, he’s figured out the trick to getting an upgrade on a flight. He says all you have to do is book a sold out flight, then offer to be flexible. You’ll either be rewarded with an upgrade to first class or travel funds that can be used to upgrade on an upcoming flight. He says you can use Kayak or Expertflyer.com to see how full a flight is before you book. He says this strategy often works best during peak travel seasons and times.
Another trick that doesn’t necessarily give you a guaranteed upgrade is to shower the flight attendants with praise and appreciation. Plus, Ott says giving them chocolate or vodka doesn’t hurt either. He says giving them appreciation often times can lead to an upgrade.
Worth a try, right?