When I first started to fly long haul, I used to peer through the front curtain in envy of those rich enough to score a seat in Business or First Class. I even, rather tragically, tried to get one of those elusive free upgrades at the airport. I asked about free upgrades at check-in and dressed nice.. but this never worked. Now, after years of research, I have acquired an encyclopedic knowledge about how to upgrade my flight and save enough miles to book a free flight and voila, I now fly in Business. Just like that. I share tips on how I do this below:
This is by far the best way to fly in Business Class for free. It is my air miles that get me my free upgrades and flights, not luck. I collect these miles with my credit cards. For both my UK & US based readers, the best starter card for collecting miles is the FREE Amex Gold Card. This card is an incredible deal with a huge free bonus of Membership Rewards when you hit spend requirements. The UK American Express Gold Card offers 22,000 FREE bonus Membership Rewards. Contact me if you would like me to refer you via our Luxury Travel Concierge page.
If you are US based, the deal is even better; 25,000 FREE bonus points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months. You can apply via this link. There is also another brilliant free card for my US readers, which you can apply for at the same time which we recommend here. Combine these bonuses and you will earn you enough miles to fly in in style!
Share The Love
One crucial thing to remember is that if you and your partner (and even other family members and pool your points) apply for these free credit cards, you can double, treble or even quadruple your bonus miles balances.
Break Your Seat
I am not condoning violence or vandalism, but a broken seat is one of the few ways to get a flight upgrade without paying for it! You can read more in my article about this flight upgrade technique. The crux of this opportunity is that, IF your seat is broken and IF the only seat that is not broken and available on that flight is in Business, you should be upgraded. Of course, the likelihood of your seat being broken, and your flight being fully booked in Economy but not in Business Class.. I’d love to know the odds!
Get Bumped Off Your Plane
If your plane is overbooked you might get bumped off the flight. This is a pain in the bum, for sure, but it can also be a lucrative way to earn big cash or airline credit which you can then spend on a more luxurious cabin and seat. This woman was bumped off a United flight and was offered $10,000 in compensation. This would go nicely towards a couple of Business Class tickets, so don’t be ashamed to take the airline up when they start offering compensation to take a later flight.
Careful Airline Choice
Did you know that not all Business Class is the same? Taking transatlantic travel as an example, American Airlines Business Class seats usually have direct aisle access. British Airways don’t. It is therefore worth choosing American Airlines instead of British Airways on these routes for a similar air mile cost.
Equally, when flying to Hawaii, only some airlines offer flat-bed seats, others just recline. You can find out the best airline to fly to Hawaii in Business Class. Hint: We had a great experience on Hawaiian. Crucially, do your research and spend your miles wisely.
A Robot Lawyer!
Robot lawyer website DoNotPay (known for getting thousands of people out of parking tickets), claims to be the first-ever service to reduce the price of your flight after you have booked. DoNotPay finds travel confirmations from past bookings in your inbox. If the price drops, their robot lawyer will find a legal loophole to negotiate a cheaper price or rebook you. Best of all, the service is free, at least for now. This robot will, apparently, find you the cheapest seat on the plane!
Business and First class tickets can vary significantly depending on which country the flight originates. You can find some incredible fares that involve travelling via hubs you might not have thought of, in order to snag Business Class tickets on the cheap. As an example, someone wanting to fly from London to New York return on British Airways Club World might find tickets up to 50% cheaper if they start their journey from another European city such as Amsterdam, Paris, Norway or Istanbul. Ask our flight experts for advice on the best cheap routings.
Discounts On Paid Tickets
If all else fails and you have to pay, you can book premium flights or (luxury hotels) via our Travel Concierge. We offer free room upgrades, breakfasts, credit and more. We are almost always cheaper for Premium Economy, Business & First Class flights.
Keep an Eye On BOGOs For Flash Sales
Join the airline’s loyalty scheme so that you get mailed any offers and sales. Also bookmark our news channel to keep up-to-date on the latest interesting travel deals and promotions. Flipboard and Apple News are also great platforms which will keep you updated with the latest travel offers and deals.
If All Else Fails….
Work hard and invest well, so that you can afford to pay for your next upgraded flight. In terms of investment, Bitcoin is back in the headlines again. The Founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, just made a bold prediction about Bitcoin. If you have faith in these predictions; the Director of Payal, this millionaire and this expert all predict that Bitcoin will be worth $150,000 in a year or two, then there is still a chance to make a quick buck! However, as with all investments, they can go down as well as up, so only ever invest what you can afford to lose.
If you do decide to buy Bitcoin, make sure you set it up using a coinbase referral link like mine. Once you buy or sell $100 USD (£76) of digital currency or more, you will get $10 USD (£7) of free Bitcoin (as will your referrer, which on the link above would be me). To the moon…
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