Flight attendant shares ‘best way’ to bag yourself a free upgrade to first class

Flight attendant Cierra Mistt posted a video to reveal there are “a lot of ways” to be offered a free upgrade on planes – and how your choice of seat could boost your chances

Cierra shares inside secrets from the job on TikTok


Getting offered a free upgrade to first class on planes is beginning to feel like a tale of fiction after countless flights and no sign of a fully reclining chair anywhere to be found.

But rather than leaving things purely to chance, a flight attendant has given her top tips on how to get an upgrade without the extortionate costs.

TikTok user @Cierra_mistt, who boasts more than 2.8 million followers, shares inside secrets from the job, including the reason cabin crew look you up and down as you board the plane, and why tray tables have to be folded away during take off and landing.

While answering some of the most frequently asked questions she faces as a flight attendant, she said there’s actually “a lot of ways” you can get upgraded beyond your economy seat.

We all know manners cost nothing, and neither will first class flights if you make a good enough impression with airline staff, as Cierra revealed: “One of the easiest ways to get free upgrades is literally just being nice to your gate agent and fight attendant.

“The miracles we can work when we’re given some Starbucks or a bag of chocolates, especially those long days where we have back-to-back flights and don’t even have time to go get some food.”

She also said that passengers are sometimes moved from the seats right at the back on the plane to the more expensive ones at the front, but it’s not simply a matter of “being nice”.

Cierra said: “Normally if our flight isn’t full, we have to move people for weight and balance purposes. That being said, normally all aircrafts are tail-heavy, so if we have to move people up to the front, where do you think we’re going to take them from? The back.”

The video racked up more than three million views as the flight attendant added a disclaimer to say: “These aren’t guaranteed to work; these are ways that I have known to work. Also, I post on behalf of MY views; not my company. That’s all.”

One person said: “Catch me carrying Starbucks cold brew for the flight attendant on my next flight.”

And another viewer who works as a member of cabin crew replied: “I’ve upgraded many people for free when oversold in coach. Always to people who are pleasant and nice to me. Yup, mostly that’s all it takes.”

Have you ever been given a free upgrade? Let us know in the comments.

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