Cabin crew’s top tips for blagging free flight upgrades – like schmoozing staff

Looking for an upgrade on your next flight?

Apparently, there’s an easy way to schmooze flight attendants into bumping you up to first class.

Cabin crew member Helena Afroughi said it’s all about showing your appreciation for the staff on board.

According to the Express, she said: "What always works is when people bring some sweets to the crew, chocolates or whatever. And they make themselves known. Don't just give it and run away."

While you may think the gesture is a little weird, gifts are often given when a passenger has family members who work in the air.

Helena explained: "Usually, people do it as a thank you but I've seen it more with people that have family working as crew too so they appreciate the crew more.”

The flight attendant added: "Like if someone brings chocolate or something we ask them if they are crew because we automatically think it's because of that.

"When people do that, the cabin chief would be like 'make sure you go up to him and ask him if he wants coffee or tea' because we could give it for free. Obviously not everything from the snack bar though.”

Cabin crew members have also received gifts like mini bottles of hand sanitiser or pamper products.

But you don’t necessarily need to buy them presents to get into their good books.

Helena said winning them over is as easy as having a nice chat.

The frequent flyer revealed: “You can come up and talk to us a little bit. Not too much unless the conversation is flowing cause I've had passengers that sit there and talk forever.

"And after that, just ask away. If you ask nicely and kindly it's rare that a crew will say no.

"Airlines have their own rules and things regarding freebies but it doesn't hurt to ask, you never know…

“Finding a crew member who is a bit more senior might help.

"Or finding one who you can tell is kind. Don't go for the cabin crew who is grumpy and strict looking.”

Another flight attendant, Miguel Munoz, agreed that it pays well to be kind.

He added: “To get better treatment, like the best seat or moving to the over-wing seats where you have more legroom, for example, the best trick is just to be nice. And ask for it.”

So will you be giving these tips a go for your next flight?

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