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How to Fly First Class for Cheap

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First class flights aren’t even a blip on most of our radars. At least, not if we want to afford more than one trip away every twenty years. As a result, the majority of us book the cheapest seats we can find. All the better for having more money spare when you get there, right?

Still, most of us would jump at the chance of first class if the price tag weren’t quite so hefty. Especially for those of us embarking on long distance travel, this is a tempting chance to take. How much more enjoyable would the experience be if you could stretch your legs a little during that twenty-hour flight?

Well, we’re here to tell you that it might just be possible. If you get this right, you needn’t even spend a penny extra for the privilege.

Use airline miles

The majority of airports offer rewards schemes which include earning air miles as you fly. For keen travelers, that’s fantastic news. If you go away a few times each year, you could earn enough miles for a first-class trip free of charge. Of course, this isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Most airlines have stipulations on which miles can be used for first-class upgrades. Sometimes, schemes even have end dates which could see you having to buy air miles to make upgrades possible in time.  But, this can still work. In addition to airline miles gained from maximizing points on your credit cards throughout the year.

Take a shorter flight

While long-haul flights are what first-class is all about, these are the flights that cost the big bucks. As such, you may want to set your sights on something shorter. First-class on a three-hour flight is sure to cost less than even economy seats on a long-haul alternative. Whether you fork up or pay with your miles, you would be able to enjoy benefits much faster this way. All without leaving too much of a sting in your wallet. Who knows; maybe this slight taste could keep you going until your luxury long-haul dreams come true.

Though, keep in mind that a shorter flight may mean less meals. A first class flight may mean you only get one fancy meal. Still worth it, though!

Just got for it

We’ve all listened enviously to a friend’s story about their free first-class upgrade. Sadly, the elusive upgrade isn’t as regular as it used to be. That said, there are still some steps you can take to increase the chances of this happening. Even dressing well for your flight could help here. Being a regular and reliable customer with one airline could also improve your standing. Sometimes, it’s even worth asking. If you don’t ask, you don’t get it.

Flying first class can be expensive, but once you do it, you will release why so many people will pay for the upgrade. With the nicer food, extra leg room, and better reclines, you will finally feel as though the airline is treating you like a person again. If flying first class once in your life is on your bucket list, then hopefully these tips will get you there.

Are you traveling in a city for work or for a conference, and not sure what is open afterwards? Check out our city guides on Travel After Five for some ideas on open tourist attractions.

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