6. Don’t askHas anyone ever told you ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’? Well, the exact opposite is true for upgrades, if you do ask, you won’t get! Outspoken or pretentious business executives who ask for an upgrade will almost always be told that they can pay for an upgrade, assuming there are any free seats in the next cabin.7. Fix up, look smartTurning up at check-in wearing your work attire will also help your chances, because while airlines don’t have specific rules on dress-code for passengers, they are much less likely to upgrade someone who doesn’t look like they fit in. Think about it: the last thing the airline wants is to draw attention to the fact that someone from economy got a free upgrade. Imagine how all the other business class passengers who paid a small fortune for their ticket would feel!Dick Darlington works for a global business consultancy based in London and is a regular contributor of business travel articles for Skyscanner. His job regularly takes him to the other side of the world to support his overseas clients, so he’s no stranger to working away from home. Dick loves travelling and enjoys working in different countries. Through his articles on Skyscanner he shares some of his hints and tips to get the most out of business travel.For more tips and advice on how to get an upgrade, check out our podcast.https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131647240&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=trueAnd for more help with booking your next business trip, check out Skyscanner’s new TravelPro app for iOS (download it from iTunes now) and on desktop.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHow to get a flight upgrade: 10 ways to get bumped up to businessThrowing tantrums, chatting up check-in staff and putting on weight: we’ve got some industry insider tips from Skyscanner staff on how to bag an upgrade on your next flight. See you in first class!7 ways to turn a boring business trip in to relaxing break from workTrips away from the office don’t have to be all work work work! Find out how to make the most of those boring business trips with these top tips.75% of flyers would lie their way to a free upgradeThree-quarters would tell a porkie to get a free upgrade, with half (49%) willing to flirt with check-in staff. 2. Travel by yourselfUpgrades are rare nowadays: they only tend to happen for operational reasons. So if a flight is full from overbooking or an earlier travel disruption, (think ash clouds or air traffic controller strikes) airlines have to move people around the cabins. Thankfully business travellers often fly solo anyway, so it’s much easier to upgrade a single passenger up to business class than a family of four, who would cause much more disruption and hassle for the check-in staff.3. Sign-up to the airline’s frequent flyer programAirlines like to look after their own, so if you’re a member of an airline’s frequent flyer program then you have already increased your chances of an upgrade. Naturally, if you have elite status then you stand a greater chance of being moved up to the next cabin than other members who don’t fly as often. Plus, if you work for a large company, then check with your travel department, as big corporations often have deals with their preferred airlines which automatically grant higher status to employees. 4 . Arrive early (or late)If passengers need to be moved between cabins for operational reasons, the airline will probably know this several hours before the flight. So if you’re among the first few passengers to check-in, you have a higher chance of being chosen. Likewise, closer to the end of check-in, airlines might be faced with overbooking if more passengers have turned up than they were expecting, so being fashionably late can sometimes be the perfect time to be offered an upgrade.5. Carry only hand luggageA passenger turning up with just hand luggage is much easier for an airline to accommodate, because when plans change, they don’t have to worry about the passenger’s hold luggage flying off on another flight. There’s no point changing your packing habits, but if you’re travelling light for your business trip anyway, then let the airline know, as this is one less thing for the airline to worry about when moving passengers around. Not carrying any hold luggage can also be useful when trying to catch an earlier flight on the same route. 1. Smile!You may not feel like smiling after a hard day’s work, but make that extra effort next time you check-in for that work trip. Check-in staff have to deal with a huge number of passengers each day, so who do you think they’d rather pick for an upgrade when choosing between a dull and grumpy smart-arse and a polite and friendly executive?