6 tips on getting upgraded to first class... for free
Always enroll in airline rewards programs before you fly, even if you don’t expect to fly often on the airline. If an particular flight is oversold and they are looking for people to bump, they will often inspect the reservation list to look for people with airline reward status to get the upgrade award. If you are on the list it will not be uncommon for you to be immediately moved into first class. This does not cost you your points as this step of yours is creating a favor for the airlines, and the frequent flyer programs are generally free of charge to join. The more miles or points you have, the higher your chances are to be upgraded to first class.