I’ve been meaning to tell y’all something…
I, a self proclaimed frugal chick, flew first class!
Now, now. I know some of you probably have about a million frequent flier miles, and this might not be anything of note to you. However, it was my first time ever being able to do it, and let me tell you something: It. was. fancy. I am forever spoiled.
Of course, the hubs and I didn’t just buy it outright. (Come on, you know me!) He had to sweet talk his way into it, and here’s how you can do it too.
Choose The Issue You Will Highlight
Maybe an airline wronged you in some sort of way. Or, maybe it’s your birthday or your kid’s birthday. Either way, it helps to have a reason as to why you’ve recently decided to upgrade your tickets.
For example, even though we had a very expensive trip home to the U.S. (for any new readers, I currently reside in Grenada, West Indies), we were flying on on anniversary. However, we also got a notice that our flights changed. Instead of a noon flight leaving from New Orleans, it changed to 6 A.M. So, that didn’t sound like too much fun, and it resulted in a really long 7 hour layover in Miami.
Stay Cool & Ask For A Supervisor
The hubs apparently wanted to make our anniversary special with a really nice breakfast in New Orleans, but all those plans went out the window when we realized we had to be at the airport at 4:30 A.M. So, the hubs called American Airlines, got a gentleman on the phone, and explained the situation. He said there was nothing he could do to help us, even though the hubs implied that his wife would be really really upset about a “ruined” anniversary. (Truly, I wouldn’t be, but you can’t blame a guy for trying.)
Not to be deterred, the hubs asked for a supervisor. I think it was good he gave the initial representative some respect though rather than calling and immediately asking for a supervisor, which might not have worked as well.
Just Ask Outright
After re-explaining the situation to a supervisor and being told again there was nothing they could do, the hubs realized that they were looking for alternate flights, which really isn’t what we needed. So, he finally just outright asked (albeit very sweetly) if they would consider a first class upgrade since they switched around our flights.
While they didn’t just give it to us, they did offer to waive the $150 each change fee, making an upgrade $300 instead of $600.
Stall A Little
I really wasn’t interested in spending $300 on upgrades. Picture the hubs mouthing three-hundred-dollars while talking on the phone and me shaking my head vehemently. So, he stalled a little and said it was a bit more than he thought it would be, and asked if she was sure that was the lowest they could do. Amazingly, out of nowhere, she said she could do it for $200 or $100 per ticket, and the hubs took out the ol’ debit card and upgraded right there.
I was so excited, I went to thank AA on twitter:
Honestly, I really feel that it was worth the $200. Any other time, I probably would have just sat in coach, but it was a really long international flight. We flew first class the whole way on both legs of the flight, got free drinks, and a surprisingly good dinner. I also had enough room to curl up in a little ball right there on the seat, and the 6’2″ hubs really enjoyed the leg room.
This experience got us really interested in credit card churning and all the fabulous bloggers out there who fly around the world for free. Maybe someday, we can do a post about that!
Have you ever flown first class? Have any of you ever sweet talked your way into an upgrade?
Oh, and P.S.
Here’s a post about our 3 year anniversary milestones, and here’s picture of us on our anniversary in the airport: