Tips for getting an affordable upgrade to business class

3/24/2015 4:44:34 PM

Business travel doesn't always make for a comfortable flight. Many companies book their employees in coach to save money. However, you can get upgrades to business class for cheap if you know when and where to look. Here are some tips for scoring an affordable upgrade:

Be nice
We're not kidding - being friendly can go a long way. If you travel frequently, you will likely cross paths with flight attendants, customer service agents and even pilots that you know. Always be patient and have a smile on your face when interacting with airport and airline staff. They may remember your kindness and be more likely to help you.

When planes are not entirely booked, fares are reduced at the last minute. Some airlines allow passengers to upgrade to business class at the front desk while waiting at the gate. Others even facilitate upgrades once you've boarded the plane. Check with your airline to see what options are available. 

Upgrades may also be available when you are booking cars for business travel. Speak with your rental agent to see if this option is possible when you pick up your long term car rental. 



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