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The Art of the Airfare Upgrade to First Class

The Art of the Airfare Upgrade to First Class

AIRLINES, LUXURY TRAVEL

I recently learned about the online service, “First Class Flyer.” The team at First Class Flyer are the airfare upgrade specialists. They study airline sites, read the fine print, and discover great deals and last minute opportunities to secure discounted seats and free upgrades to Business and First Class.

Some of the discounts are rather spectacular and if flying First Class is part of your desired travel experience (and I would hope so!) it’s definitely worth considering.

 

A380 First Class Apartment on Etihad Airways Photo By Travelarz (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0
A380 First Class Apartment on Etihad Airways Photo By Travelarz (Own work) CC by SA 4.0

 

Saving on “surfing” time

One of the problems with finding good deals and discounts for upgrades is the time you spend staring at your computer screen. As they say, time is money. For an upcoming trip to Europe I recently spent two days searching for fare discounts. First Class Flyer has people doing all that legwork for you. Hallelujah!!

 

Air France Lespace Premiere 777 Cabin
Air France Lespace Premiere 777 Cabin Photo by Gordon Witzel CC by SA 2.0

 

Another benefit is the level of detail that’s provided. For example if you find a great upgrade deal on the First Class Flyer site, the applicable airline availability codes are provided which you can simply pass on to your travel agent or airline reservationist. It’s all simply laid out and easy to access.

 

Comparing you savings, Photo by First Class Flyer
Comparing your savings, Photo by First Class Flyer

 

“Mr. Upgrade”

First Class Flyer has an interesting history. It was created 20 years ago by Matthew Bennett. He was a baseball pitcher with the Kansas City Royals farm team. Naturally, the team traveled a lot and Matt had a knack for finding his way around cheaply. He’d study airline schedules and fine-print minutiae to find the best options. Other team members quickly followed his lead and pretty soon they were all getting from A to B a lot more inexpensively. When you’re only given a certain amount of travel pay every week as a ball player – you have more money in your pocket!

Matthew is now called “Mr. Upgrade” and is regularly consulted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Condé Nast Traveler. First Class Flyer is also independent of the airlines – they don’t take any kickbacks for favorable mentions.

 

Wimbledon Widget

Wimbledon Widget Photo by Fly Class Flyer
Wimbledon Widget Photo by Fly Class Flyer

 

One more thing on the topic of First Class Flyer, I loved their “Wimbledon Widget.” It’s basically a tool for luxury travelers. At a glance it looks like a calendar but there’s lots of travel information built in. You select your departure city and destination (in this case London of course) and whether you want to fly Business or First Class. You can immediately see seat availability on any given date, and when you roll the mouse over the date you get information such as what events are happening on that day at Wimbledon, or sightseeing ideas for London. Ingenious!

 

Emirates Boeing 777 First Class Suite
Emirates Boeing 777 First Class Suite Photo by Omeamapyonta CC by SA 2.0

 

First Class Flyer says the widget will be available for world-class “bucket list” events such as the Bordeaux Wine Festival and the British Open golf tournament.

Try It Out For Yourself

With First Class Flyer, upgraded travel has never been so attainable (and you don’t have to forsake your dignity to do it). You owe it to yourself to discover how – visit First Class Flyer to sign up for a free 14-day test drive where you’ll get all the latest fare strategies delivered directly to your inbox. After 14 days, you can pay as little as $97 per year to continue getting these upgrade tips and tricks as the First Class Flyer team finds them. Now that’s a luxury worth the splurge!

So don’t wait, sign up now and enjoy your next First Class experience.  


Disclosure: Carmen’s Luxury Travel is a First Class Flyer affiliate.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

41 Comments

  1. Sumti Bhadani
    July 10, 2016 at 2:40 am
    Reply

    Never heard of First class flyer but seems to be interesting. Would love to try it once

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      You can sign up for free for a 14 day trial and check out the site. I think it’s worth every penny.

  2. Fiona Maclean
    July 10, 2016 at 4:56 am
    Reply

    I love the look of the Eithad first class suite! Ah well – a girl can dream!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Just having those doors to close for added privacy sold me on it, and the bed is big enough for two people.

  3. Grey World Nomads
    July 10, 2016 at 10:29 am
    Reply

    To fly first class is so great, especially for long flights to another continent. I’d love to and will check out your added sites.

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      We flew economy overseas once, and after that flight my husband said never again. I’ve spend countless hours researching first class flights on major airlines when we book travel. It’s wonderful to see that this site does all the leg work for you.

  4. stephanie
    July 10, 2016 at 10:59 am
    Reply

    Some great websites here to find deals on first class travel. The apartment with Etihad looks so opulent, a million miles away from economy!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Some of these first class experiences seemed like they were never possible for us, but they are. I’ve used the site on a couple of occasions, and was amazed by how much money we saved. The best thing is they tell you what the codes are for you to book the flights yourself.

  5. Claire
    July 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve never heard of First Class Flyer! I’ve flown business a few times and love it. Would be cool to fly first class at least once in my life!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      You can use the site to upgrade to both Business and First Class. They provide you with all the tricks needed to find great fares.

  6. Meg Jerrard
    July 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm
    Reply

    Amazing! It would be a dream to be one day upgraded to first or business class – I love that First Class Flyer has people doing all that legwork for you, because I haven’t yet been able to figure out the upgrade business!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      That’s the best thing about First Class Flyer that they do all the work for you, and provide you with fares that most of us wouldn’t be able to find.

  7. Mar Pages
    July 10, 2016 at 11:44 pm
    Reply

    I tried the Singapore Airlines ‘suites’ class before, and it was truly a luxurious and unforgettable experience. Although I don’t think I will ever pay full price for a first class upgrade, its great to know that First Class Flyer makes it more accessible!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      I’m jealous just knowing you got to experience the suite class on Singapore Airlines. It must of been an amazing experience. First Class Flyer might help you experience that again.

  8. Castaway with Crystal
    July 11, 2016 at 7:35 am
    Reply

    Great tips! I’ve always wanted to try out first class but never have 🙁 I’ll have to try harder, he he.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      It’s a lot easier than most people think. It does take a lot of work to find a great fare, but First Class Flyer does all the work for you.

  9. Jessica
    July 11, 2016 at 10:45 am
    Reply

    It’s been my travel dream to experience an upgrade (who doesn’t want?) especially for 9-12 hour-flight or longer. I need to check it soon and who knows, I might get my first business class experience.

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Yes, please do check out the site. I saved a few thousand dollars on a business class flight I just booked overseas. They showed me how to upgrade and I was able to use some of my mileage points too.

  10. Alex Datsev
    July 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    Reply

    Great information! Will definitely check out these websites!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      It’s definitely worth spending some time on the site and seeing all the great fares you can get.

  11. Claire
    July 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm
    Reply

    Great tips, this sounds like an interesting service! I was put into first class on a plane in Central America for no real reason… everyone around me was dressed very posh and I was a right scruff!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      We try to dress up a little when we travel business, but if I was flying overseas I prefer to be comfortable.

  12. anto
    July 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    Reply

    I was upgraded twice and that left me hungry for more. Thanks for the tips, I can’t believe some of these pics were actually taken on a plane, they look awesome!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Some airlines have really up their game when it comes to first class and business travel.

  13. Izzy
    July 11, 2016 at 10:22 pm
    Reply

    This is concept I have come across over the years but never fully understood. First class flyer, what a travel hack. I might have to save this post for that honeymoon, I think it would be amazing to fly first class as part of the whole honeymooning package!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

      The website lets you in on all the secrets needed to upgrade your fare. Flying First Class for your honeymoon would be amazing.

  14. sher
    July 12, 2016 at 12:17 am
    Reply

    great tips! i love google flights – that’s definitely my newest flight booker.

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 13, 2016 at 10:34 am

      I use google flights too, it’s a great tool for searching what’s available on all of the airlines.

  15. Hang Around The World
    July 12, 2016 at 4:26 am
    Reply

    I mean… There is a little bit of difference between the first class and the other ones… But your advice is really great 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 13, 2016 at 10:43 am

      It’s very true, once you add the seat assignment fee, and the luggage sometimes the different between a regular fare and business can be only $100 if you’re lucky.

  16. Toccara
    July 12, 2016 at 10:46 am
    Reply

    What an awesome service! I’ve never even bothered looking for first class airfare, because I assume it’s always been out of my budget. It’s great that a service like First Class Flyer does the searching for you. I was also upgraded to first class once for giving up my seat on an earlier flight… and boy would I love to fly first class again!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Once you have traveled on First Class in those extra wide seats, and experienced a delicious meal it’s hard to go back to economy where they only give you a bag of peanuts if you are lucky.

  17. Marge Gavan
    July 16, 2016 at 8:18 pm
    Reply

    Nice tricks! I am a budget traveler but I’d be lying if I say I don’t want to experience flying first class. Maybe I can do this when I finally go to abroad. I am planning to visit my friend in the States next year, who knows, maybe I could go there via first class flight hahaha…
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    • Carmen Edelson
      July 16, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Even a budget traveler can experience a little first class experience at least once in your life. This site is excellent and its helps me save tons of money on flights.

  18. Chelsea Brady
    July 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm
    Reply

    Dreaming of first class has always been a high of mine. Although I haven’t experienced it on Etihad Airline, it has been such a great experience!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 3, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Once you have travel on first class and experienced all the food they serve and the cosy seats it’s hard to travel any other way. A lot of airlines are cutting prices making it more affordable for people to experience first class.

  19. melbtravel
    August 25, 2016 at 7:26 am
    Reply

    This is such a great idea, I have been travelling for nearly 20yrs and I never heard of this company. Thank you for sharing and I am definitely going to take a look at them.
    http://www.melbtravel.com

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      We travel all the time and it has saved us a lot of money, especially when we get upgraded to First Class.

  20. Shearly
    September 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm
    Reply

    OMG I NEED TO GO FIRST CLASS NEXT TIME! This post just sold me, I can’t wait to try this service!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 15, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      You are going to love it! They send you flyers with up to the latest minute deals.

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