Sunday morning reading to catch up on travel news is a relaxing way to start the day. One of the articles I came across today is a feature article on Budget Travel by Fran Golden – “How to Get a Free Upgrade“.
Here is a tip that made me laugh.
Remember that gate agents deal with a lot of demanding, obnoxious passengers, and offering a few kind words and a smile goes a long way. John E. DiScala, founder of travel-advice site johnnyjet.com, reveals that chocolate helps him get upgraded-or at least moved to a better coach seat-about half the time. DiScala says he brings one-pound chocolate bars for the gate agents and flight crew, who have discretion on seating after the cabin door closes.
Of course there is going to be some expense in buying a pound of chocolate, so that strategy isn’t exactly free.
Here is my Loyalty Traveler tip to combine with JohnnyJet’s sage advice for all you hotel travelers wanting a free airline upgrade:
Save up the pillow chocolates from turndown service and see if a bag of little chocolates has the same result!