Flight secrets: The best time for a flight upgrade – yet it might not be a good thing – Express - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sites

March 13, 2019 4:03 pm Categorised in:

Flights can be made all the more luxurious, glamorous and altogether more stylish with an upgrade. Switching up from Economy to Business Class, for example, can see a passenger granted more legroom and a more extensive list of menu options. Not to mention a reclining seat to boost chances of a good kip on board. While these additional perks – whether paid for or complementary – seem impressive, one travel expert has revealed sometimes a trip in standard seats may be more peaceful.

In his new book Plane Clever, Christopher Bartlett revealed when the best time for an upgrade is.

He wrote: “Work and family commitments may not give you much choice but even then avoiding a Friday evening departure may not only mean a cheaper ticket, but some spare seats on the aircraft.

“The situation differs from country to country, so you have to use your common sense.

“If, on the other hand, you are hoping for an upgrade, choose a day or time when businesspeople are few and many economy passengers travel – thought not at peak holiday time, since travellers with more clout than you will have secured all the available business class seats.

“Upgrades are few and far between and increasingly have to be paid for – a flight with few passengers in economy with an empty seat next to you could be quite comfortable, so booking a full flight in the hope of an upgrade may not be wise.”

So while the lure of Business Class might sound appealing, checking the popularity of a flight might be worth it.

Meanwhile, the results of a new survey have revealed forking out on plane seats, to seat groups together, is a total “waste” of money – with airlines branded “reprehensible.”

Many travellers choose to spend extra money after booking their initial ticket in order to secure chairs on the same row.

Consumer watchdog Which? has now flagged the reality of this additional spending – and the news will not please some.

It stated in nine out of 10 cases, extra payment was not necessary as the airlines had seated passengers together regardless.

It analysed the journeys of 3,357 economy class passengers and found a total of 86 per cent were sat alongside each other.

If Ryanair was excluded from the findings, this figure rose to 90 per cent.

The budget airline, along with Wizz Air, was the only two out of those that operate paid-for seating options not to confirm they sat passengers together.

British Airways recommended passengers reserve their seats early but 91 per cent of those surveyed who did not, were seated together regardless.

Meanwhile, the Which? survey again shone the spotlight on Ryanair when it looked into whether families with young children were being seated together, with Ryanair forcing passengers to pay to sit together as a family.


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