Flying economy class, especially if it is long-haul is not much fun. There is little leg room, the seats are small and the food is average at best. If you are lucky you may be able to find a movie that you have only seen a couple of times and as a bonus, the headphones might work.
Well, there is one way of getting a guaranteed upgrade and it doesn’t involve creating a fuss or paying out any money – it is all down to your chair.
Rick Brown, author of the book Kiss My Baggage Fees! How To Be A Savvy Travel Hacker, claims that if your seat is in some way broken you are entitled to a request a new one.
“If your seat is broken, you can request a new seat.
“If one is not available in economy, they have to put you in first.
“If that sounds a little too good to be true there is evidence of this hack working.”
The information is backed up by The Points Guy, an airline rewards and air mile expert who reports his findings in his own blog. He confirmed that the claims are true in a piece that he wrote for Life Hacker.
The Points Guy said: “ I’ve been on several packed flights where passengers had broken coach seats and were reassigned to business or first since they were the only seats left.
“This is luck of the draw, though.
“This doesn’t mean that you should deliberately break your chair and we definitely do not recommend that sort of behaviour.
“However, if you find that your seat is a little loose, doesn’t recline properly, or the armrests won’t stay in place simply speak politely to the cabin crew.”
You never know, you might find yourself sitting with the rich and famous after all!