How common are free flight upgrades?MoneySaving Poll Results

Souk

Are the days of trying to sweet-talk check-in staff to get a free upgrade to premium economy, business, or first class, long gone? Many airlines now sell spare upgrade capacity at the desk. So we want to see how common free upgrades are.

Please answer the closest to your situation for flights IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.



Results

Not applicable to me (1054 votes)
I've not flown in the past two years304 votes (29%)
I've only flown on airlines with one flight class (eg, budget airlines)632 votes (60%)
I always pay to upgrade/fly a higher class anyway118 votes (11%)
No free upgrades - though it could've happened (5661 votes)
I've never asked/tried to get one3491 votes (62%)
I've asked a few times but to no avail1767 votes (31%)
Not had one even though I have significant status with its frequent flyer scheme403 votes (7%)
Iíve had a free upgrade - and I DIDNíT have significant status with its frequent flyer scheme (1214 votes)
The flight was overbooked, I agreed to wait so got an upgrade97 votes (8%)
They gave me an upgrade - no questions asked742 votes (61%)
When I got to my seat it was broken/someone was in it, so I was upgraded61 votes (5%)
I have a friend/family member who works for the airline80 votes (7%)
I was on my honeymoon/getting married/celebrating64 votes (5%)
I asked, or simply talked them into it94 votes (8%)
Itís happened a few times in a number of the ways above76 votes (6%)
Iíve had a free upgrade - and I DID have significant status with its frequent flyer scheme (613 votes)
The flight was overbooked, I agreed to wait so got an upgrade37 votes (6%)
They gave me an upgrade - no questions asked415 votes (68%)
When I got to my seat it was broken/someone was in it, so I was upgraded16 votes (3%)
I have a friend/family member who works for the airline22 votes (4%)
I was on my honeymoon/getting married/celebrating12 votes (2%)
I asked, or simply talked them into it26 votes (4%)
Itís happened a few times in a number of the ways above85 votes (14%)

                   8,542 votes received.

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