Spoken.io is a furniture price comparison shopping website, and they promote a number of life hacks to save money – like how to get a free upgrade on a flight. And this particular tip is… a little weird?
In a video posted recently, they suggest that if you have a short layover, ask for an upgrade like this,
Passenger: Hey, I have a really short layover of only 20 minutes. Is there any way I can sit towards the front of the plane so I can make my flight?
Airline agent: Ok, I just checked and we can actually move you up to first class.
Passenger: Are you serious, was it really that easy?
Airline agent: Well we had the space and you asked really nicely so it’s honestly no big deal.
I have to give them credit for not suggesting you,
- dress nicely
- say that it’s your birthday or honeymoon
- whisper “revenue management”
This is not how first class upgrades work. This is not how any of this works.
There are United planes in the background of the video. United 1K members have a hard enough time getting upgrades. Upgrades for Premier Silvers are virtual unicorns. How often are there simply empty seats in first class to begin with? And then no nonrev travelers listed for one? And what are the odds of a gate agent simply handing one out for free?
Also, 20 minutes is not a legal connection at any United Airlines hub. Telling a gate agent you have a 20 minute connection is more likely to get you mocked for transparently lying than it is to get you a first class upgrade.
If you really want to look like an idiot asking for an upgrade try these five secret tricks or just dress up in a mimosa costume because “Alcoholic beverages are complimentary in first class, so if you dress up as a cocktail, you can sit down without anyone realizing you’re actually a human who belongs in coach.”