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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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5 Ways to Get Upgraded to First Class

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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012

 

5 Ways to Get Upgraded to First Class

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, flying is the way to go. Want to travel in comfort and class but don't want to spend that pretty penny on an upgrade for first class seats? Here are 5 possible ways you can go from coach to first without dishing out the extra cash.

Be nice: Just like your mama told you, kindness takes you far in life and in this case can get you an upgrade on a flight. Nicely ask at check in if there is a chance for a possible upgrade, if not, ask again once you board the flight. When you board, find a flight attendant, make nice and then ask if the seat you see available could be yours. Although it is rare that you will get upgraded just because your small talk banter and winning smile are charming, it never hurts to just ask.

Look the part: First impressions mean everything. Instead of looking like an Olson Twin, dress like you are an executive or the CEO of your own company. Airlines are looking for ways to bring in more business and if they see someone that is dressed like a million bucks, they think about a million bucks. Now comb your hair, slap on some makeup and dress the part!

Know someone who knows someone: The small perks and benefits we get in life come from knowing someone or knowing someone who knows someone. We call that networking. People in your network could be a flight attendant, travel agent or an employee from the marketing department. This means at your next happy hour start talking and see what lands in your lap.

Volunteer: Often airlines will overbook their flights and in return receive angry customers that 'NEED to be on that flight'. At this moment the airlines will ask if anyone is willing to give up their seat(s) for another passenger in exchange for first class flight at a later time and even a swanky hotel stay. So go ahead and give it up, making another's passengers day just become a little more beneficial for you.

Book with a travel agent: Travel agents have one job and that job is to get you on your way to a destination. They spend hours and hours working with airlines and they know how to work in a good deal. When booking a flight, some travel agents can mark your reservation as OSI (Other Significant Information). This can indicate that OSI is a CEO or high caliber customer. Airlines want to increase their business and if they are dealing with a high powered executive that can potentially make their airlines that companies 'go to' air travel, all the more better.

First class never felt so good, especially when not paid for. So before you book your next flight, follow a few of these tips and have Happy Travels!

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Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to hire a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295@gmail.com or http://www.nanny.net/

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