Flight attendants tell all: What to wear for a first-class upgrade

Sometimes first-class upgrades are all about fashion, darling.

Flight attendants tell all: What to wear for a first-class upgrade

Free first-class upgrades may be as common as albino dolphins, but flight attendants say that your fashion sense could give you the best shot at a seat inside the pointy end.

Sometimes first-class upgrades are all about fashion, darling.

Flight attendants told fashion show Who What Wear that the perfect ensemble could land you a first-class upgrade.

“Smart but understated. You should look like you travel often ... it helps. Someone who is potentially due to get an upgrade can be knocked back if they aren't dressed suitably,” said one flight attendant.

In other words, leave the track suit pants in your carry-on bag (you can always change into them later) and dig out your onboard smart casual.

“When we fly, we have a strict dress code to follow. No jeans or trainers – so I always go for tight black trousers and a blazer or a dress. For men, chinos or trousers and a shirt are worn,” one flight attendant told Who What Wear.

What’s your favourite onboard ensemble? Have you ever been given a first-class or business-class upgrade? Why do you think you got it?



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    casper dude
    30th Mar 2019
    We Always look smart when we travel, smart but comfortable especially on our long haul. Only once has my husband been offered an upgrade when travelling alone. We feel over dressed sometimes but keep trying! Our next long haul in July we have upgraded ourselves to Premium but at a price. We hope it is worth the extra cost to London.
    18th May 2019
    I personally wouldn't travel in any class than business. Then I know that I can have a lie-flat bed and no one around me for me to be disturbed when they want to go to the loo or for a walk, and definitely no unwelcome feet in the back of my seat.

    Having arthritis & fibromyalgia, I 'need' the lie-flat bed that business class affords me. I know it's more expensive, but the ability to have a good rest and arrive refreshed after a 24 hour flight far outweigh the expense of the fare.

    There are also other benefits - a quiet lounge to relax in before you depart and on your layover, all you can eat food and beverages, personal escort to and from the plane (in a wheelchair for me), a better menu and even a refresher lounge when arriving @ Heathrow - shower & all you can eat breakfast, and a forearm massage.

    BA even have a service called AirPortr which will collect your luggage from you @ the airport and deliver it to your accommodation (in London), and when you're ready to leave, they'll collect it from your accommodation and take it to the airport. The cost is 30 GBP for the first bag & 10 GBP per bag after that each way. Which saves you having to drag your luggage all over London on the Tube or in other public transport. Ahhh the benefits of travelling business class :)

    BTW I have been saving very hard for my next trip. It takes lots of discipline, but it's worth it in the end. I go for at least 12 weeks, so the plane trip is just as important as the accommodation and the sightseeing I'm going to be doing.

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