Smartly dressed single men are the most likely to get a free upgrade on a flight, according to Skyscanner. A survey of 700 cabin crew revealed that single men in their thirties are most likely to be bumped up a class.
The new survey, carried out by Skyscanner, found that 61 per cent of cabin crew have upgraded a single male who is smartly dressed. Almost three quarters of those surveyed said they were more likely to offer a free upgrade to passengers flying alone. Factors such as having and injury or a frequent flyer number have also been found to increase a flier’s chance of escaping economy class.
Young female adults are least likely to get upgraded, especially if they are wearing revealing clothing. Men and women travelling as a hen or stag party are also at the bottom of the upgrade list. "Not many of us are lucky enough to bag a free upgrade, but if you're a single guy in your thirties, you have a better chance than any of us,” said Victoria Bailie, from Skyscanner.
“Whilst an upgrade is never guaranteed, cabin crew have revealed that there are a few things you can do to give yourself a better chance of grabbing the premium seats, such as dressing smartly and joining the airline's frequent flyer scheme before you fly."
A separate survey also revealed that three quarters of travellers are willing to lie their way to a free upgrade. 6 per cent of those surveyed said they would fake an illness, while one in ten said they would pretend to be newlyweds. Seven per cent of those asked also admitted they would ditch their travelling partner to pretend they were travelling alone for an upgrade.
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