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scottsan Aug 14, 17 9:57 pm

Who do I flirt with to get an upgraded seat?
 
I've heard and read that you can be nice or talk to someone nicely to get a possible upgraded seat. I have a few questions

1. Who do I talk to or have a better chance with? The person checking in my luggage and printing my boarding pass or the person working at the gate?

2. Would giving them a tip be a nice gesture just to thank them for working at such a late hour.. etc. etc..

3. Show up really early? - I would be thrown into nicer seats if no one booked them
Show up near boarding? - I would be thrown into nicer seats if they are open
Which is better?

Thank you in advance for any tips!

Mauibaby2008 Aug 14, 17 10:01 pm

Really.

scottsan Aug 14, 17 10:12 pm

Well, it has worked at Hotels... I'm wondering if flights are any different. Does the worker have the power to move you if he/she feels like it?


I've heard of stories where someone was moved up just because he/she knew the worker.

Yoshi212 Aug 14, 17 10:52 pm

Most of your posts are about this kind of thing.

Is is possible to get an upgrade or better seating if you know someone or are kind? sure. Is it the standard? No.

Airlines operate much differently thank hotels. Trying to bribe the staff with cash could go seriously wrong for you or for them.

Asking for a seat with nobody next to you is the most you should realistically hope for.

LondonElite Aug 14, 17 10:56 pm

Wear a blazer and cravat, call the check-in girl 'doll face' and slip her $20 and you're sure to end up in first class.

Doc Savage Aug 14, 17 10:58 pm


Originally Posted by LondonElite (Post 28691218)
Wear a blazer and cravat, call the check-in girl 'doll face' and slip her $20 and you're sure to end up in first class.

So that's your trick!

:D

84fiero Aug 15, 17 6:51 am

If you're flying out of or connecting at JFK I know someone. Super friendly but you have to call ahead and chat her up though first - and she will want some favor from you in return:

Jenny, phone 867-5309

arollins Aug 15, 17 7:53 am

The odds for something like this to occur is rather low/non-existent. Sure, it certainly could have happened on the past to someone, be it for being nice, sweet talk its way to the agent, assisted the agent in some form, was having a bad day and the agent decided to help out, etc. Problem is that the odds for this to be manipulated in your favor is almost non-existing considering the # of people that travel every day who are caught up in similar situations and want to be upgraded just like you, elite travelers that are eligible for upgrades currently on wait list for it, last minute travelers that purchase bus/first class seats, displaced travelers that need to be re-accommodated due to travel disruptions on their designated flights.

This is one of those "urban legends" out there, as it typically starts with someone referring to another person who got upgraded. I myself, in all my years of travelling have not been the recipient of such, nor have I witnessed it or known someone that got it as well. I've have received un-requested upgrades, in AA, BA, B6, but that was due mostly because the flight was full and they had to move some travelers in order to accommodate others, I was also a low/middle level elite with them as well which certainly help out as most likely I would the next in line.

I see that what got you into FT was the thread on the $20 Vegas suite sandwich trick, coincidentally that was the same one for me as well. I can honestly say that I have indeed tried that trick as well and has worked for me, as much as I have seen others tried as well with different results. I also have received suites upgrades in Vegas without using this trick as well.

Seems to me that for better service/product in either airlines, hotels, car, etc. you are better off either booking what you want up-front, take advantage of deals, analyze/value the options available as sometimes the upgraded product could be cheaper, equal or a few $ more than the standard product. Patronizing a certain provider and becoming a member of their program. Companies like repeat customers and if they value your business they will show some love your way.

Good luck with your upgrade, it doesn't hurt to try, as the worst that can happen is they will say no.

theshortfinal Aug 15, 17 7:59 am

AA is super strict with this, in my experience. When I had no status, I used to go super early and ask really nicely, and it just never worked for me. Maybe I'm not cute enough :)

omaralt Aug 15, 17 8:03 am

flirt with your parents to give you a higher allowance so you can book FC :P

kb9522 Aug 15, 17 10:24 am


Originally Posted by scottsan (Post 28691064)
I've heard and read that you can be nice or talk to someone nicely to get a possible upgraded seat. I have a few questions

1. Who do I talk to or have a better chance with? The person checking in my luggage and printing my boarding pass or the person working at the gate?

2. Would giving them a tip be a nice gesture just to thank them for working at such a late hour.. etc. etc..

3. Show up really early? - I would be thrown into nicer seats if no one booked them
Show up near boarding? - I would be thrown into nicer seats if they are open
Which is better?

Thank you in advance for any tips!

Unbelievable. If you want an upgraded seat, pay for it.

lisah101 Aug 15, 17 12:20 pm

Trying to flirt to get something you haven't paid for is disrespectful to the employee. You might try being nice to someone just because it's the right thing to do but not because you want to get something from them that you are unwilling to buy yourself.

I used to get stuff like this as a female working in IT. Made me so mad.

Doc Savage Aug 15, 17 1:41 pm

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LondonElite Aug 15, 17 2:39 pm

Also, it's 'whom do I flirt with'...

Yoshi212 Aug 15, 17 2:53 pm

Proper grammar is like flirting to me.


Originally Posted by LondonElite (Post 28694413)
Also, it's 'whom do I flirt with'...



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