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(News.com.au)   Are you a smartly-dressed, single man in your 30s? Well congratulations, you're the kind of passenger who's the most likely to get a flight upgrade   (news.com.au) divider line 51
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2013-05-22 07:22:19 AM  
What?  You think they want people dressed in pajamas and flip flops in first class?
 
2013-05-22 07:47:52 AM  
How do they know if he's single?
 
2013-05-22 07:58:59 AM  

miss diminutive: How do they know if he's single?


Because he took off his wedding ring to hit on the gate attendant?
 
2013-05-22 09:12:18 AM  
What?? You mean the family of slack-jawed yokels wearing "vintage" shirts featuring Calvin urinating on Jeff Gordon and cramming a refrigerator box full of screaming babies into an overhead compartment aren't going to get the nod for first class?
 
2013-05-22 09:15:00 AM  
Weird. How does my airline website know that? Whenever I get my free upgrade, no human interaction is involved.
 
2013-05-22 09:15:06 AM  
From now on, I'm only going to board planes wearing a suit or a dinner jacket.
 
2013-05-22 09:23:10 AM  
Why is there only a curtain separating 1st class and coach. There should really be a door. That locks.
 
2013-05-22 09:24:32 AM  

RexTalionis: From now on, I'm only going to board planes wearing a suit or a dinner jacket.


That's the only way I travel. I look like I'm stepping into a DC-3 in 1937, or I won't fly at all.
 
2013-05-22 09:25:57 AM  
We had one upgrade to 1st class in my life. That was due to the computer systems going down for some time and being the only ones not to moan and biatch about it.
 
2013-05-22 09:26:13 AM  
So single white men in their 30s are the most likely to work jobs that feature a billion miles of travel so they've got more points than everyone else, or something different?  The single part is pretty obvious.  It's easier to get one seat anywhere than 4.
 
2013-05-22 09:26:36 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: What?? You mean the family of slack-jawed yokels wearing "vintage" shirts featuring Calvin urinating on Jeff Gordon and cramming a refrigerator box full of screaming babies into an overhead compartment aren't going to get the nod for first class?


I was thinking more about the last bullet point about the women in groups. Can't imagine why nobody would want a group of people who just keep elevating their voices and shrill peels of laughter until they're virtually screaming at each other's faces as loud as possible up in first class....
 
2013-05-22 09:29:58 AM  

Gonz: RexTalionis: From now on, I'm only going to board planes wearing a suit or a dinner jacket.

That's the only way I travel. I look like I'm stepping into a DC-3 in 1937, or I won't fly at all.


The problem, of course, is that you'll wind up wrinkling your suit while you're on the plane, so you're going to have to find a dry cleaners to steam press the suit after you get off the flight.
 
2013-05-22 09:32:46 AM  
It's been a while since I got an upgrade based off of a human interaction.  I'd say about 10 years ago that my upgrades were the result of being a single man dressed well in business clothes and not being fat, but now my upgrades are arranged by Medallion status long before I get to the airport.

I have been able to plead my way out of fees for changing flights at the gate, but that's probably a greater function of the gate agents knowing me because I'm there every other week.
 
2013-05-22 09:33:29 AM  
In other words, people who fly a lot and seem likely to book more flights in the near future are going to get upgrades, and those who probably won't buy another ticket for a few years won't get the upgrade. Also it's awkward to split up couples and groups and first class vacancies don't usually happen in blocks.

And one more thing, putting a teenaged girl or a woman in revealing clothing into first class next to some liquored-up salesman type would kind of be cruel, wouldn't it?
 
2013-05-22 09:45:21 AM  

RexTalionis: Gonz: RexTalionis: From now on, I'm only going to board planes wearing a suit or a dinner jacket.

That's the only way I travel. I look like I'm stepping into a DC-3 in 1937, or I won't fly at all.

The problem, of course, is that you'll wind up wrinkling your suit while you're on the plane, so you're going to have to find a dry cleaners to steam press the suit after you get off the flight.


This is why I prefer seersucker for my air travel.

Oh, who am I kidding. As much as I'd like to travel fashionably, the TSA makes that rather pointless. It's a t-shirt, basketball shorts, and sneakers all the way. Makes me mad that I can't take advantage of the shoeshine guy.
 
2013-05-22 09:51:15 AM  
I'm actually somewhat happy that I've never been upgraded. Once I got a taste of that lifestyle I probably wouldn't be able to return to steerage.
 
2013-05-22 10:00:50 AM  
As a single, 30-something, male who flys regularly, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

Note: It also helps to be huge. The discount airline in my region charges $25 for front row seats with their precious, delicious leg room and flight attendant crotch shots. I've landed up there many times just by being visible.
 
2013-05-22 10:04:36 AM  
The one and only time my mother ever flew, she confessed to the desk clerk that she was terrified.  She got upgraded to first class.
 
2013-05-22 10:05:30 AM  
Do I get an upgrade?

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2013-05-22 10:06:41 AM  
So, you're saying I shouldn't have crapped on that beverage cart?

/that guy was so lucky he did what he did when he did it
/a little later, 9-11 would have occurred and he would have been in prison for life or beat down by fellow passengers
 
2013-05-22 10:09:19 AM  
I'm in my thirties and like to think I dress smartly, but I'm married, and it wouldn't be worth Mrs. Fuccon's favour to travel first class alone.

How are my chances if I say I'm with my "secretary?"
 
2013-05-22 10:12:09 AM  
I got upgraded a few weeks ago because there weren't any seats left in steerage. I was only upgraded to "Economy Plus" but it was nice all the same.

On a flight a few days later, I watched someone make a fuss about being in first class on a two hour flight with a half full plane. The seat was marginally bigger, but he was next to someone else, while almost every one else had either there own row, or an empty space in the middle.

moron.
 
2013-05-22 10:17:22 AM  

tricycleracer: Do I get an upgrade?

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Ahoy, polloi.
 
2013-05-22 10:52:56 AM  
It's a combination of your fare class and loyalty status.  If you paid full fare for a ticket (i.e.: business traveler who bought his/her ticket yesterday) and have the highest status (i.e.: business traveler who travels a lot for work), you're gonna get upgraded.

As another poster pointed out, the two underlying reason are disproportionately single men in their 30s.

In fact I know for United it's:
Global Services
1K
Platinum - full fare
Gold - full fare
Silver - full fare
Platinum - nonrefundable
Gold - nonrefundable
Silver - nonrefundable
Anybody with a loyalty number - full fare
Anybody left with a loyalty number

I'm not sure how people traveling on tickets paid by mileage fit into this.
 
2013-05-22 10:56:29 AM  
So if I pocket the wedding ring, I'm 2 out of 3.
 
2013-05-22 11:19:12 AM  

you have pee hands: So single white men in their 30s are the most likely to work jobs that feature a billion miles of travel so they've got more points than everyone else, or something different?


Where did you get the "white" part from? This study was worldwide, and the article made no mention of race. Believe it or not, there are travelers in brown and black countries as well.
 
2013-05-22 11:30:29 AM  
That's a shame. I clean up pretty well, but the only place I'm likely to fly any time soon is ~275 miles away so I'm not sure if first class is even a thing. Damn.
 
2013-05-22 11:39:18 AM  

skrame: Where did you get the "white" part from? This study was worldwide, and the article made no mention of race. Believe it or not, there are travelers in brown and black countries as well.


I don't even remember throwing that word in there.  I guess I'm the asshole.

/well I already knew that
 
2013-05-22 11:43:06 AM  

RexTalionis: From now on, I'm only going to board planes wearing a suit or a dinner jacket.


No pants?
 
2013-05-22 11:50:33 AM  

phaseolus: And one more thing, putting a teenaged girl or a woman in revealing clothing into first class next to some liquored-up salesman type would kind of be cruel, wouldn't it?


Are you shatting me? That would be great...

Oh, you mean for the girl. Nevermind.
 
2013-05-22 01:09:32 PM  
Sucks for me.  I'm mid 30's, but I dress for comfort when flying.
 
2013-05-22 01:21:11 PM  
It's about time rich, single men were able to enjoy the creature comforts!
 
2013-05-22 01:32:12 PM  
pleasepleasepuuuuleeeeze upgrade this late-40s single male in business casual attire.

/flying tomorrow, cattle class.
 
2013-05-22 01:41:46 PM  
As a 30ish white guy who wears business casual to work but who works in the middle of the shiattiest neighborhood in my state, I've started to get a kick out of how people will respond to you just how you are dressed versus how they are dressed. In my case for some reason scumbags always assume I'm in the neighborhood "slumming it up" while looking for ass or grass but I'm just waiting for my bus and I don't want to talk to anyone in this neighborhood now :/
 
2013-05-22 01:51:35 PM  
That's hilarious. I wondered why I never got upgrades anymore.
 
2013-05-22 01:54:04 PM  
The first time I ever flew, (People Express) they upgraded me and then they upgraded a sweet, smoking hot little blonde next to me. I should quit flying right after that.
 
2013-05-22 01:56:23 PM  
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2013-05-22 02:15:21 PM  

bangmaid: Why is there only a curtain separating 1st class and coach. There should really be a door. That locks.


I agree. Man, all of those people walking though to use the toilet in First.

What a pain in the arse.

Did I tell you about the time someone sent their child to the First Class toilet.. I guess she told the child not to actually sit on the seat.

She got shiate all over the bottom of her shoes and tracked it on the carpet in the cabin?

HAHAHA
 
2013-05-22 02:27:08 PM  
Article is bullshiat. What you are wearing doesn't matter one bit.

I can't understand how these myths continue to exist. "Oh, on your honey moon they will upgrade you" or "show up in a suit and you have a good shot!".  Airlines have complex systems that balance loyalty status, ticket price, purchase date, and odds of somebody paying for the upgrade at the gate.  99% of the time the computer makes the decision for them, often days in advance.

/lower-mid 30s business traveller
 
2013-05-22 02:55:10 PM  

nocturnal001: I can't understand how these myths continue to exist. "Oh, on your honey moon they will upgrade you" or "show up in a suit and you have a good shot!".  Airlines have complex systems that balance loyalty status, ticket price, purchase date, and odds of somebody paying for the upgrade at the gate.  99% of the time the computer makes the decision for them, often days in advance.


Yeah, this. I "only" fly enough to get Silver elite every year, around 30-40k miles, and I virtually never get upgraded. Some flights there's 20 people ahead of me who also didn't get upgraded, and 20 behind me, all competing for the 12 first class seats on a 737 which end up going to the folks who fly hundreds of thousands of miles a year.

I don't know where this myth comes from that airlines have excess first class seats they're looking to give away if you just know the secret. I'm sure there are a handful of flights every week where they're doing something unusual like flying a 777 on a 737 route just to reposition the plane, and business class is wide open, but that's going to be extremely rare occurrence.
 
2013-05-22 03:06:43 PM  

dukeblue219: nocturnal001: I can't understand how these myths continue to exist. "Oh, on your honey moon they will upgrade you" or "show up in a suit and you have a good shot!".  Airlines have complex systems that balance loyalty status, ticket price, purchase date, and odds of somebody paying for the upgrade at the gate.  99% of the time the computer makes the decision for them, often days in advance.

Yeah, this. I "only" fly enough to get Silver elite every year, around 30-40k miles, and I virtually never get upgraded. Some flights there's 20 people ahead of me who also didn't get upgraded, and 20 behind me, all competing for the 12 first class seats on a 737 which end up going to the folks who fly hundreds of thousands of miles a year.

I don't know where this myth comes from that airlines have excess first class seats they're looking to give away if you just know the secret. I'm sure there are a handful of flights every week where they're doing something unusual like flying a 777 on a 737 route just to reposition the plane, and business class is wide open, but that's going to be extremely rare occurrence.


The worst I ever saw was on my flights from Atlanta to San Fran each week (did that for 6 months and refuse to do it again).  I was Platinum on Delta.  One particular monday morning there were 120 people on the upgrade list. I think I had flown maybe 90k miles with them by that point in the year and I was number 60 on the list with only 3 seats available.
 
2013-05-22 03:25:01 PM  
This article might have had some meaning in the 90's, but today the airline is much more highly motivated to sell you an upgrade (either for $ or for miles trade-in) than to just give it away.  The likelihood of ANYONE getting a free upgrade is virtually nothing, and if it does happen it's usually based on flight history with the airline.
 
2013-05-22 03:31:05 PM  
Lets see how long it takes Jezebel to biatch about this
 
2013-05-22 04:25:13 PM  

alexcassidy


That's a shame. I clean up pretty well, but the only place I'm likely to fly any time soon is ~275 miles away so I'm not sure if first class is even a thing. Damn.


No, a flight that short will be on a puddle-jumper regional jet (if you're lucky) or an ancient turboprop (if you're not). Either way, no first class.

Why wouldn't you drive? It probably wouldn't take much longer than flying.
 
2013-05-22 05:27:01 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: alexcassidy

That's a shame. I clean up pretty well, but the only place I'm likely to fly any time soon is ~275 miles away so I'm not sure if first class is even a thing. Damn.


No, a flight that short will be on a puddle-jumper regional jet (if you're lucky) or an ancient turboprop (if you're not). Either way, no first class.

Why wouldn't you drive? It probably wouldn't take much longer than flying.


I live in Socal and go to Vegas a couple times a year, and that's pretty much the extent of my travel. Normally I DO drive, but it gets old. The drive up is lovely and the drive back is a hung-over clusterfark nightmare.
 
2013-05-22 07:58:22 PM  

LL316: Sucks for me.  I'm mid 30's, but I dress for comfort when flying.


I tried to do that too but now I'm barred for life, what's your secret?
 
2013-05-22 08:25:04 PM  
I got upgraded a bunch when I was younger for some reason (mid 20s) and it hasn't happened in awhile.  Last time was coming back from Spain.  I thought I was going to sleep with this girl the night before I had to fly out, but I couldn't find my hotel and she got pissed at me and just slept on the couch when we finally found it.  I overslept past my alarm and had to book it to the airport and they had already given my seat away and the last one was in first class.  I smelled like shiat and was totally unkempt, but it was great because this anti-Semite businessman was sitting next to me and he sucked.  I hope my arm pits ruined his flight
 
2013-05-22 08:57:17 PM  
I got upgraded once around 2000, wearing shorts,t-shirt, basketball shoes. I was polite when checking in when they told me hey we upgraded you for 2 flights (is was Charlotte-Denver in 3 stops so yea cheap ticket) I was very happy and thanked them a lot. Nowadays I guess being polite just gets you on the plane.
 
2013-05-22 09:17:06 PM  
What about paying for it?  That always works for me.  Do the online check-in at just under 24 hours prior to flight time, and you have a chance at purchasing a discounted upgrade.
 
2013-05-23 12:09:02 AM  
Why yes I am thanks for asking.
 
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