Flights can often be fairly uncomfortable and tedious affairs, even if they are whisking you off to your ideal holiday destination. Getting upgraded away from Economy Class is the dream of many plane passengers. It often seems like an impossible feat, though – so what is the trick to getting to upgraded?
Plane passengers sitting in Premium Economy are more likely to be upgraded for free than any other class, The Points Guy claimed.
This is because most airlines will only bump up fliers by one class.
Consequently, to make it into Business you’ll need to be sitting in Premium.
The Points Guy explains that airlines over-sell seats in basic Economy, meaning the “load factor” is high.
If – unlikely though it is – everyone booked onto Economy shows up there will be more passengers than Economy seats.
The Points Guy looked at a British Airways plane as an example.
”BA will only likely have oversold by that much if there are seats available in higher cabins (where it’ll also oversell but will presumably have similar no-shows, misconnections and last-minute changes).
“So, assuming that there are 30 seats available in higher cabins, BA will begin upgrading 30 passengers from economy to premium economy.
“The premium economy cabin on the A380 has space for 55 passengers.
“If that cabin was full, potentially more than half of the passengers from premium economy would be upgraded to business class.”
According to The Points Guy, it’s relatively common for a third of the Premium Economy cabin to be “rolled forwards” in this way.
Even if you don’t end up bagging an upgrade to Business there are still a number of perks to sitting in Premium.