Anything about Hawaii flight upgrades always gets our attention. Who doesn’t want to travel in style, especially without breaking the bank? Other travel experts recently told us about ways you may still score a free upgrade today.
Here’s how Hawaii upgrades can occur:
1. Just ask for an upgrade. We say, highly unlikely, but never say never. We’ve gotten them that way ourselves, although not in the past 15 years or so. And when it hasn’t worked to move up to first class, we’ve been afforded a row with three seats to each one of us. At no additional cost.
Editor Jeff has taken an odd approach on occasion. He has come nearly to tears about having to take his last-minute assigned economy seat. He’s explained that he wouldn’t be able to handle it, that he has claustrophobia and his seat was up against an exit door, with part of that door jutting well into the aircraft cabin.
2. When economy turns up full. The one way that we’ve successfully gotten upgrades was when the economy section was full. That has happened several times, including once when being the last to board a United Airlines flight to Honolulu. We were asked if we’d like to sit in the front. What a question. But putting this in perspective, having flown to and from Hawaii more than 1,00 times, the odds aren’t in your favor.
Airlines try to predict how many no shows there will be on a flight, and they’re very accurate at those predictions. But even the best-laid plans can go awry, and when they do, you could be the lucky recipient of an upgrade.
3. Humility, gratitude, and politeness alone. We’d concur that these are key to getting a bump upgrade or to simply being treated well. You can’t be demanding or entitled.
4. Nicely dressed always set the right tone.
Whether for an upgrade, or again just plain nice treatment, dressing nicely on flights is reported by flight attendants as a key. That means avoiding flip-flops and any strange or stringy/torn clothing. As someone said, dress the part of being in first class and you’re far more likely to actually get there.
We’re not talking formal attire here, just nice casual attire. Don’t look like you are heading to or from the beach, or wear sleepwear, gym attire, leggings, or hoodies.
Nothing dirty or stained. Flight attendants mentioned smelling nice and clean but not highly perfumed or any other off-smells. Nothing scruffy or torn.
Said one flight attendant, “I personally wouldn’t take a flight wearing these kinds of clothes and if for some reason, I find myself wearing that, I’d go to the bathroom in the terminal and change.”
Have you ever gotten a free upgrade on a flight to Hawaii?