Tips on Buying a Business Class Upgrade at the Airport
It is common knowledge that business class seats are more comfortable and come with privileges that coach class seats do not have. Unfortunately, most travellers forego the perks that come with them because of the high booking price.
However, what many people do not know is that you can actually get a business class seat for much less than its actual cost. What you need to do is get an upgrade at the airport on your scheduled date of departure. Read on for specific tips on how to go about this.
Before you purchase your coach ticket, review the fare rules carefully. Note that almost all carriers exclude business and first class upgrades for their discounted and sale rates. This means that if you have booked seats at half the price, chances are you cannot upgrade it.
Next, you need to check the blackout dates and exceptions for full fare coach tickets. If your intended destination is one of the airline's heavily travelled routes with seasonal fare fluctuations, getting to fly in first class might actually not be possible.
With coach tickets in hand, make sure that you arrive at the airport early on your departure date. Check in the counter where you can get on the upgrade standby list. You will only be paying for the upgrade when the attendant confirms the seat at the gate.
Take the time to review your selected carrier's business class policies. There are some that limit upgrades to members of their frequent flier club, even if passengers are buying better seats instead of using accumulated miles. Getting the priority in these proceedings is one of the rewards that mileage club members enjoy.