Not such a long time ago, a surprise upgrade wasn’t really the rare thing it is today. But these days, when everything flight-related has a price tag, you have to pay a good amount to get that upgrade; if you really wish for some extra leg-room and want to get off the plane more quickly. However, keeping these hacks up your sleeve might just prove lucky for you.

Dress well

Being dressed in cargo shorts, a loose t-shirt and flip-flops will definitely rule out any chances of you getting an upgrade. If you want to fly first or business class, make sure you dress the part. You don’t necessarily have to be dressed in high-end brands; but make sure you’re nicely turned out.

Be polite and direct

At the check-in counter, saying something as simple as, ‘Please consider me if you’re upgrading passengers on this flight’ can go a long way.

Have good timing

If you’re literally the last person to get on board because you’re incredibly late, it’s not the right time to ask for an upgrade. Usually, the best time to ask for it is when there’s plenty of time to spare before a flight; giving the airline crew some time to consider and weigh your request.

Be reasonable

Know whether you’re a weak or a strong candidate for an upgrade; don’t haggle with the staff if you’re travelling in a tribe or have bought the tickets for super low rates. Also, asking for it in an overly demanding manner can also really slim your chances.

If you have been inconvenienced, don’t hesitate to ask for an upgrade

While airlines don’t generally upgrade people for no reason, if they have caused you a problem, bring it to their notice, and take that opportunity to ask for that upgrade.