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Getting a free upgrade to first class isn't easy, people who've paid for first class don't want a scruffy nobody riding free when they had to pay.
Because of this the check-in attendants wont give free upgrades to anyone, you have to look like the kind of guy who would shell out that bit extra for first class,

This instructable will tell you how to do exactly that.

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Step 1: Presentation

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Presentation is key, look like a bum and you'll probably get a downgrade to the cargo area.
1st Class is for business-men and billionaires, Billionaires wont be asking for a free upgrade so your going to have to be a business-man.

Business-man check list :
  • Suit
  • Tie
  • Shirt
  • Briefcase
  • Copy of Financial Times
  • Shiny black shoes
  • Glasses ?
  • Sensible Hair
  • Clean shaven

Business-man No-No List:
  • No long hair
  • No spiky/roughed up hair
  • No Backpacks
  • No other clothes other than a suit
  • No Beard/Stubble
  • No Cheesy grin
  • No earrings/piercings
  • No visible tattoos

This may seem a bit extreme and you may feel stupid wearing a suit but trust me ,on a long haul flight you would give your right arm to get out of economy.

Step 2: Body Language

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So your pretending to be a business man, you dress like one now you have to act like one.

Business men go through airports all the time and they know the drill , they could check in blind-folded whilst on a uni-cycle so now you have to know the system too,

Before joining a check in line look for an older woman working the desk, she is probbaly more experienced and more likely to give you an upgrade.

Whilst waiting in the line for check in get your ticket and passport out, hold them by your side whilst pretending to check for messages on your phone, don't clutch your tickets like a noob traveler, pretend there worth nothing to you.

Don't engage in conversation with anyone around you, Business men are solitary travelers.
Stand upright, don't slouch, Look at your phone don't gaze around. Basically act sophisticated and look like you know what your doing.

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taqwagilani5 months ago
This is such BS. I'm sitting in business class right now wearing athletic gear and for the most part that's what I wear when I'm traveling( pretty much always in business class).
romstar366 years ago
Looks like Bangkok Airport
Actually, I'm pretty sure it's San Francisco International.
sure? I also immediately thought about BKK... the new one of course...
kmmich kmmich6 years ago
Also some of the other pictures in this ible look very much like Bangkok... Nice tips btw. Not sure you would need the whole set, but looking smart really helps. My parents once got an upgrade to first class on the condition that they put on real shoes instead of their slippers...

ha, I always carry my slippers in my carry on.

lucjoker10 months ago

upgrades are given to passengers who have the most air miles .

So never use your air miles to buy an upgrade or what ever .

Let your miles grow and never touch them (unless they are too old and will be lost )

lucjoker10 months ago

upgrades are given to passengers who have the most air miles .

So never use your air miles to buy an upgrade or what ever .

Let your miles grow and never touch them (unless they are too old and will be lost )

interceptor10 months ago
The author needs to learn the difference between the possessive " your " and you're.
shadowram11 months ago

In response to the comments

1) Buy a nice suite at a thrift store - name brand for $20

2) "based on deception and lies and nobody else questions this" WELCOME TO AMERICA!

3) It's immoral to judge a person by their looks so the person doing this is just 'playing the game'

4) There are different ways to get an upgrade, this is just one.

jolshefsky11 months ago

What if you're a woman? ;)

HMice2 years ago
According to karma, you should either get poisoned by the plane food or the plane crashes.
You really believe in Karma? Nothing more than superstition.
Yes I believe in Karma. It is perfectly rational reasoning. Haven't you ever seen a movie or read a book when the nasty guy gets his comeuppance?
jolshefsky HMice11 months ago

What you're doing is to allow the person working the desk to get good "Karma": big semi-comfortable empty seats get moved just as far as full intolerable seats, so to let someone have an opportunity to have a better flight is a good thing. It's not like airline employees can offer you a free upgrade. ;)

..... and if you are in first class when the plane goes down you die first... now that's
Good point.
pbillings199111 months ago
I'm a business man and I currently have 5/8 inch plugs in my ears.
Srabado11 months ago

isnt this illegal?

pkramer21 year ago
You can still attend the meeting with the ticket you booked, is what she should think. I would come up with a better excuse.
Honda Enoch2 years ago
Many highly respectable business men wear earrings.
flintwo22 years ago
Instead of wasting a couple of hundred dollars on a good suit you cold just buy a first class ticket.
SIRJAMES093 years ago
good thing I don't fly's too dangerous
Actually, flying is safer than driving a car. You have 2 pilots and there is an almost zero chance of another vehicle smashing into you.
it is not unsafe
If you say so....still I will never fly unless I can have a parachute with me, & we both know that will never happen.

I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying that I will never fly because I don't trust the airline companies. They have a reputation of not caring if you live or die....all they want is your money.
I feel sorry for you.
I answer to a higher authority, & he does not like it when I do something immoral to get ahead and/or to get comfortable at someone else's expense.

Cheating the system means someone is having to pay more at some point just so you can be more comfortable. THAT is wrong & immoral & I will never condone that...nor should anyone else in my humble opinion.

What goes around, comes around. that's not just life, that's karma.

I bid you peace Sir.
gah, christian mumbo jumbo!
save your pity for someone who cares...

I couldn't care less if people agree with me or not; I don't care if what I do works for anyone but me; all I'm saying is this is me, this is but a part of who I am & I WILL NOT lose any sleep if someone disagrees with me.

So do not pity me, either be my friend, or get out of my way, because I am gonna do & go where & when I want to go & do.

In the mean time, I bid you peace....may life always be kind to you Sir.
I also feel sorry for you. You have no clue whatsoever. Obviously you have never flown on a good airline, the only one with the best safety record for the last 20 years (can't mention any names.)
if I'm gonna die, it will be by my hand or by the hand of GOD....not some over worked airline pilot who is asleep at the wheel.

I have flown in the past on some of the most technically advanced aircraft...some that the public will never see the inside of(compliments of the US Air Force, US Navy, & US Army). Flying scares me, always has always will. I would rather swim to Ireland as opposed to flying there.

As I said earlier, I'm not saying I'm right & you're wrong, I'm only saying that I refuse to fly.
The most technically advanced aircraft? Really? What is considered the "most technically advanced?" Does flying scare you because the person flying is not as experienced with flying passengers as he/she is experienced with the airplane and controls? Obviously it scares you for some very "interesting" reason if you are so firm with your opinion. Hmm, very interesting, you may be right. Most of the people I know HATE to fly. I always thought is was very interesting when people refuse to fly. It always makes me wonder, "Why?" Well, I won't change your mind so have a good day!
EdM6 years ago
So your entire how-to is based on deception and lies and nobody else questions this or calls you on it - and Instructables allows it? I would hope airline personnel are experienced and smart enough to see through this kind of dishonest behaviour. The lack of character and integrity that allows one to try this technique probably shows through somehow and a savvy agent would never fall for it.
johndoe5516 EdM2 years ago
Its called a "CON" its a very simple idea that doesn't necessarily cause problems for others but benefits you and/or allies...i see no moral issues here at all.
=SMART= (author)  EdM6 years ago
This instructabe was a theory, i won the competition too. You have to lie in life, that's how it is. If you don't you wont get anywhere
QePBqF =SMART=2 years ago
If every person on the earth acted with integrity, there would be no need for law enforcement, security, or rules of any kind. And every extra person that acts without integrity, lying to get what they want, increases the need for rules that would make everyone's lives easier if they were gone. Things like this article are the reason we have to wait hours in line to get past TSA security.
Yeah...go ahead lie through life to get what you want and you will eventually realize your life is one big lie. Try honesty, that can get you just as far in your upgrade instructible...perhaps if you just told the airline attendant how you never get to fly first class because you are a student (or such) and can't afford it and would love to experience it that would work too (and you probably would feel alot better about yourself).
My wife and I have been upgraded for free thanks to being honest and helpful.
Whenever we fly, and we have extra time, we offer to give up our seats if they've overbooked. In one case, it got us 2 FREE TICKETS TO ANYWHERE American flew, plus the next day, they seated us in First, even though we had Economy seats on the original flight.
We just check back in when they announce the prepare to board, and if they say they are not overbooked and don't require the seats, we simply ask if there are any seats available up front. We try to travel carryon only, and we mention that as well. If they're open, we get them. It usually means we have our luggage under, but that's fine by me.
What if I'm a rich student but don't wanna pay but I wanna seat on First class?
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