I fly a lot (seriously, I’m going to make 1 million miles flown on United even though my travel has slowed down). But I only started upgrading and taking business class a few years ago. I was flying between the US and Asia a lot and earned a few upgrades because of my frequent flier status. I used my upgrades for business class seats for my husband and I on several long haul flights and we were hooked! Previously, I never considered flying business class. But, when I easily got upgraded, I relished the ability to sleep horizontally and the better food options. My little one even shared seats with us once which helped her sleep a little easier. Now I’m a little more aware of how to get upgrades and try to get them when possible. We don’t always try to upgrade but I wanted to share my tips on how to get a business class upgrade almost every time. The extra legroom and food are a treat, especially on long flights!
How to get a business class upgrade almost every time
1. Become elite
This article has a great list of the factors effecting upgrades for some of the major airlines. In a nutshell, if you pledge your loyalty to one airline, you will earn miles more quickly as well as free upgrades. You can also use your miles to upgrade eligible fares. Bonus: you will be first on the list for free upgrades as well.
2. Plan and play the odds
You could also book and plan your trip normally, but hope that upgrades will open up. The chances are higher if you book during low seasons or at an off time (mid-week). I’ve had some luck with getting upgrades at the last minute. It’s always a pleasant surprise to get a last minute upgrade!