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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.

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.

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KSWriter20 days ago

Is it best to ask at the check in desk or the flight attendants when boarding for possible free upgrade? We do not fly that often, but I would ask for my wife - not that I don't wish to sit with her, but because she is an amazing woman and deserves first class treatment. I would love to sit with her, but thinking of her in first class would make me smile the entire flight.

flintwo22 years ago
Instead of wasting a couple of hundred dollars on a good suit you cold just buy a first class ticket.

I don't know where you're flying to, but, I've never seen where you can upgrade to 1st class for an extra $200.00.

taqwagilani10 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).
romstar367 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.

lucjoker1 year 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 )

lucjoker1 year 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 )

The author needs to learn the difference between the possessive " your " and you're.
shadowram1 year 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.

jolshefsky1 year ago

What if you're a woman? ;)

I'm a business man and I currently have 5/8 inch plugs in my ears.
Srabado1 year ago

isnt this illegal?

pkramer22 years 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.
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=3 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?
thats how you move forward in life and good instructables but i dont think most of those pictures are yours
=SMART= (author)  shawntherobot5 years ago
the pics are not mine
benz_z =SMART=6 years ago
too true great ible by the way
=SMART= (author)  benz_z6 years ago
Thanks :)
Hopefully the airline employees, in their infinite experience and wisdom, are giving the free upgrades to those who truly deserve it, such as the elderly or those with injuries that would most benefit from a bigger and comfier seat.
relax man its a free country to act however you want even if you dont agree with his morals.
bounty1012 EdM6 years ago
Haven't you ever lied for your own pleasure? I'm sure you've lied before, not everyone is perfect.
I'm sure the airline personnel could prob. give a crap where you sit. As long as you have a good excuse.
SAles is a LIE. All he is doing is selling
dakrasywun4 years ago
i fly southwest.... :(
Haha... where EVERY seat is first class!
SIRJAMES094 years ago
good thing I don't fly then....it's too dangerous
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.
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