Isn’t that the dream? Being bumped up to Business Class for free? Well, a super-sweet letter might just be your answer!
Earlier this year, nine-year-old Jasper Francis wrote a letter to Jetstar airlines asking if he could fly Business Class (as reported by Business Insider). The letter melted the hearts of the airline’s staff so much, that they offered their own flight vouchers to make his dream come true. The result is that both Jasper and his father will be flying in Business Class on Jetstar to Bangkok this summer.
If you are an adult, a cute letter is more likely to brand you a nutter than get you a free upgrade, but upgrades CAN be achieved on a beer vs champagne budget, and sometimes even for free. I outline my top 4 tips 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 which convert directly to airline miles 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.
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. Many experts believe that Bitcoin will hit $150,000 in a year or two, so 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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