What to wear to get a free first class upgrade, according to flight attendants

A FREE first class upgrade is the best thing to happen to passengers while flying in economy.

While Brits aren't flying right now due to the pandemic, flight attendants have shared how you could get that complimentary seat at the front of the plane.

One thing to leave at home is the jeans and trainers, but it doesn't mean you have to wear expensive designer gear.

One flight attendant told Who, What, Wear, according to Travel + Leisure: "Smart but understated. You should look like you travel often…it helps.

"Someone who is potentially due to get an upgrade can be knocked back if they aren't dressed suitably."

Another flight attendant added: "No jeans or trainers — so I always go for tight black trousers and a blazer or a dress.

"For men, chinos or trousers and a shirt are worn."

Other items to avoid include dirty shoes and leggings, as well as flip flops and tracksuit bottoms.

If you follow all the rules, then you may be first in line to get bumped to first class for free.

A former British Airways flight attendant, Simon J Marton, previoulsy said: "Dress smartly – it does no harm. If you look like you could be dressed appropriately for an upgrade, then you stand a better chance in that regard than someone in casual attire."

He explained that regular BA customers and frequent flyers are also rewarded – as anyone with the mark "Suitable for Upgrade" (SFU) stands a further chance of being rewarded for their loyalty.

If you don't manage to get into first class, that doesn't mean you can still enjoy the food.

An economy passenger revealed to the Express that they were able to blag an upgrade on their food – after they fell asleep and missed their meal.

They said:  “I was travelling long haul in economy from Tokyo to London, and my partner and I fell asleep as the flight was taking off – missing the first of two scheduled meals.

“When we woke up, we were ravenous – but told all the trolley food was sold out.

“What's more, because of the food serving restrictions, none of the economy food was safe to eat."

The traveller revealed that all they had to do was ask, and they were given the food from business and first class.

One passenger claimed he was given a free first class upgrade after faking a broken ankle, although social media users claimed it was fake.

In 2019, a Cathay Pacific passenger was banned for life after she tried to get a free upgrade using a "fraudulent e-mail".

We previously revealed how a frequent flyer gets her upgrades – with one simple phrase.

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