Many passengers would prefer flying in business class at economic prices but they suppose, it is impossible. Only experienced passengers who have already encountered occasions of upgrading to a higher class know how this can be done. How can that be? There are several possible options. If you really want to try upgrading your flight class, you should feel free to try one of them.
Online Flight Registration
When you get registered for a flight through the Internet (online option offered by certain airways), the company can offer you an upgrade to business class. You will have to pay some extra money and enjoy the comfort. As a rule, the amount you will have to pay (the initial cost plus some more for business class) is much lower than buying a business class ticket from the very beginning.
When Upgrades Are Available
The truth about flying with an upgrade is such that upgrades are offered only in case there are free business class seats on the flight. The price for upgrades is not static and it can change in accordance to the number of free seats and the time that remains before the flight. If you have not done any upgrading while registering online because of its too high price, you can try once again right at the airport. Before the flight the price of upgrading drops.
Find Out about Upgrades at the Airport
If you have not thought about any upgrades at all until you arrive at the airport, it is still not too late to ask about an upgrade at the registration desk. If it does not contradict the company’s policy, the employee will check availability of free seats and name you the price. You can also try to have a free upgrade: some economic class rates offer free upgrading in case there is overbooking. Practically each flight is overbooked: tickets are sold in such quantities which are too big for one plane. Why do they allow it to happen? The point is that not all passengers who order tickets pass the procedure of registration. Another situation can happen in case a return ticket is cheaper than a one-way flight. In such cases, passengers use only one flight segment and does not attend the other one.
If you have arrived at the airport and, passing the registration, get to know that your class is overbooked, you can be upgraded for free. However, you should not rely on overbooking all the time, because if the entire flight is overbooked, you will have to wait for another plane.