Natalie Paris, The Daily Telegraph, May 22, 2013
A poll of airline staff has suggested that single men in their thirties have the best chance of getting a free upgrade on a flight.
According to the profile created by compiling the preferences of more than 700 flight attendants, the lucky man is also likely to be smartly dressed – a handy hint for any hoping to blag themselves a roomier seat.
While the poll showed men were preferred (58 per cent compared to 42 per cent for women), and that 30-40 was the age group most likely to be considered, travelling alone was proven to be most important if you want to be offered a premium seat.
Having good manners and being a frequent flyer also helps, according to the survey which was carried out by the flight comparison website Skyscanner.
The research showed that businessmen stand a good chance of moving beyond the economy class curtain, while those who would have the hardest time getting an upgrade would be anyone flying as part of a hen party. Votes from cabin crew showed that females in their late teens wearing revealing clothing and travelling as a group would be the least likely to qualify.
The survey of flight attendants in 83 countries found that nearly three-quarters of those questioned, 72 per cent, said they were more inclined to give an upgrade to a passenger flying alone.
Having an injury also makes you a likely candidate.
The cabin crew provided suggestions for increasing the chances of being offered an upgrade. Here are the top ten ways to improve your chances.
1) Be friendly and polite – 82 per cent of crew said it makes a difference
2) Join the airline’s frequent flyer scheme – 80 per cent said it helps
3) Travel alone – 72 per cent are most likely to upgrade a lone flyer
4) Point out an injury – 65 per cent said this would count as a factor
5) Dress smartly – 59 per cent are more likely to upgrade a well dressed traveller
6) Point out that you are on your honeymoon – 58 per cent would be more likely to upgrade newlyweds
7) Know the cabin crew – 55 per cent said they are more likely to upgrade a friend or family member
8) Travel at unpopular times – 47 per cent of crew said that if there are plenty of premium seats to spare, you are more likely to have an upgrade request accepted
9) Tell the crew a sob story – 35 per cent said this could sway their decision
10) Look your best – 31 per cent of crew said they are more likely to grant an upgrade to a well-groomed, attractive passenger.