“I really love flying economy, in the middle seat,” said no man, ever. If there were any upgrade list worth getting on, it’s probably the one at the airport. Flying first class is a luxury, no doubt about it, but it’s often super expensive and not worth the money. But, you’ll be happy to hear that, like most things, there are some loopholes you can use to your advantage. When it comes to milking the system, Alex Matjanec, CEO of MyBankTracker, knows how it’s done, which is why we’re sharing his list of know-hows. Here are 10 tips to secure a first class airline ticket upgrade, according to Matjanec.
1. Be loyal to one airline
Most people sign up for frequent flyer programs, but the logic behind this doesn’t necessarily pay off as big as it could. The thought process, Matjanec says, is that if you sign up for every frequent flyer or loyalty program, you’ll save money across the board, but that’s not really the case. “Instead of being a frequent flier member who only racks up a handful of miles on any individual airline, focus all of your efforts on being loyal to one airline,” Matjanec said. “The tickets may cost a little more every so often, but the long-term benefits of stockpiling miles for one company can upgrade your travel to first class.”