Every once in a while we all want to take a vacation or visit someone special. Whether you are an avid flyer or this is your first time, you have to know that you can take advantage of that luxurious business class privilege. We know it is expensive – with all the lavish seats, meals and champagne, and great service from the attendants – but here are some tricks where you can grab this luxury at a lower price.
Upgrade by using loyalty points
Airlines nowadays use loyalty points to entice customers into coming back. If you frequently fly, the miles can add up and you can use them one day for upgrading. A good number of airlines allow their customers to get upgrades on tickets bought for cash. If you have accumulated sufficient points over the past several flights, you can use the earned points to get yourself a seat in the business class. Accumulated points normally have an expiration date. Keep yourself updated with the airlines’ newsletters and emails to know when your points are due to expire.
Last minute upgrade
Some airlines will offer cheap upgrades to business class if there are empty business class seats available a few hours prior to departure. Airlines can send you such offers in your email or via pop ups on their websites.
Try going through a travel agency
Travel agencies that book large number of passengers usually get impressive discounts when using certain airlines. Buying tickets using a travel agency can help you land a cheap business class flight.
Check the sales
Sometimes, but not frequently, airlines have sales on their business class tickets. You need to check regularly to avoid missing such offers. One way of getting the offers is by subscribing to airlines’ newsletters or even following them on their social media pages. The alerts will be sent to you via email or notification, so make sure you read them and never mark them as spam.
Book in advance
This is probably the most common practice used by people to save on tickets, and usually airlines offer cheap business class tickets as well if they are booked several months prior to take-off. Try booking very early to enjoy such big discounts.
Fly when the usual business class is not flying
You are likely to get a cheap upgrade or fare when you travel on the days when people who usually fly business class tend to stay at home. Early Saturday or Sunday mornings as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas are good days to travel when you want to save on a business class ticket.
Register for a frequent flyer plan
You can easily get regular upgrades by joining a frequent flyer plan and continually accumulate miles. For you to accrue a lot of points, you need to travel regularly. Higher rankings, like gold or premier, put you at the forefront for available business seats in the flight. Occasionally, higher rankings can equal an upgrade whenever one is available. The great thing about the plan is that it is free to sign up for and you don’t actually have to fly regularly. If you fly inconsistently, the plan still puts you ahead of anyone who is not registered with the airline in case there is an available upgrade or offer. You should feel free to register with different airlines. Just contact them and inquire about how it works first.
Knowing somebody working for an airline at any level can grab you some privileges. The person you know may be aware of offers and inform you when you these offers are available. A number of airlines give vouchers to their staff, which they may let you use to upgrade your flight privileges if unoccupied seats are available.