How to Get Upgraded to Business Class?

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The anticipation of a trip is just as thrilling as the trip itself, at least until you get there. Getting to the final destination can be a hassle, but once in a while you get lucky and upgraded to business class. Now, that’s the way to fly on a long international flight! The Delta flat bed, and Westin heavenly in-flight pillow and comforter are heaven, indeed. This little touch made me forget about the airport experience.

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But before going to bed [for an unexplainable reason, and for the first time in all my travel, I was excited about it], the meal was served. Once again Delta surprised me. It was a culinary delight. From the first dish served to the snack at arrival, the food and wine were first class. Look at the menu:

Settling in:

Lemon Pepper Salmon with toasted fregola salad, spring peas and pine nuts.

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Starters:

Sugar Snap Pea Salad with radishes, asparagus, marinated feta and mache lettuce served with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette

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Sweet Pea and Edamame Soup with minted cashew cream.

Main Course:

Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops

Grilled Chicken with Tomme Cheese

Chilled Mustard-Crusted Tuna

Pesto Ravioli

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Desserts:

Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae

Lemon Tart

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Selection of Fine Cheeses

For the wine, I chose a Domaine de Beaumard Savennieres, light bodied 2013 Loire Valley Wine. [Our final destination for this trip].

It beats the meal from coach.

Now, how can you get upgraded if you are not a frequent flyer? It’s rare, but it can happen.

  1. Book direct with the airline, booking your flight with a third-party such as Expedia, Travelocity etc. will automatically put you on the do not upgrade list. These sites have other benefits, but not this one.
  2. When booking your ticket, read the fine prints and check if the ticket you are buying is upgradable. If in doubt, call reservations or customer service, they will help.
  3. Travel in off-season and avoid weekends when flights may, most likely have open seats in business class.
  4. Lastly, do not be afraid to ask. Just remember, this is a privilege, not a right, so do not be rude when asking. More often than none, you will be denied the upgrade, but the day you get one, enjoy every minute of it.

I want to make it clear to anyone reading this post. I have not received any compensation or perks for this post. This is just a recent experience on one of my international flight to Europe, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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