Flight attendant shares nifty hack to get an upgrade: It always works

Now that holidays seem to be on the cards more post-lockdown, people are putting plans in place to jet abroad again.

And something that's bound to put a smile on your face and get your holiday off to a great start is an upgrade!

Upgrades might sound hard to get but apparently there's a savvy way to try!

Some lucky passengers have, in the past, obtained a free upgrade and enjoyed a more luxurious way of travelling as a result.

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Flight attendant Helena Afroughi explained to the Express that there is a method that "always" works.

Helena explained: "What always works is when people bring some sweets to the crew, chocolates or whatever. And they make themselves known. Don't just give it and run away.

"Usually, people do it as a thank you but I've seen it more with people that have family working as crew too so they appreciate the crew more."

She addd: "Like if someone brings chocolate or something we ask them if they are crew because we automatically think it's because of that.

"When people do that, the cabin chief would be like 'make sure you go up to him and ask him if he wants coffee or tea' because we could give it for free. Obviously not everything from the snack bar though."

The flight attendant told the publication she'd once been given gifts from Bath and Body Works by a youngster – cute!

As well as gifts, you could also have a chat with the attendants, Helena added.

"You can come up and talk to us a little bit. Not too much unless the conversation is flowing cause I've had passengers that sit there and talk forever.

"And after that, just ask away. If you ask nicely and kindly it's rare that a crew will say no," she said.

Helena continued airlines have their own rules when it comes to freebies, but that it "doesn't hurt to ask."

Sharing another piece of advice, she said: "Also, I don't know if that may be very difficult to notice for a passenger.

"But I think a new cabin crew member would have a hard time saying yes [to an upgrade] because they are afraid of the consequences (again depends on the airline) but usually when you have been in the airline for some time you know what's completely off-limits and what is okay to do.

"So finding a crew member who is a bit more senior might help.

"Or finding one who you can tell is kind. Don't go for the cabin crew who is grumpy and strict looking," she said.

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