There are a lot of uncomfortable things about flying. Being stuck on the aisle seat and having the annoying person on the window climbing over you four times to use the bathroom.
Falling asleep mid-flight and missing that all-important delivery of a tiny bottle of water and a bag of extra salty peanuts. Trying to make the free, scratchy blanket cover your toes AND reach up to your chin all at the same time (it’s…it’s impossible).
So, upon check-in, a wave of relief floods over any passenger who hears those magical words: ‘We’re upgrading you’.
They’re so magical, in fact, they really should be accompanied by the sweet sounds of harps and a PA announcement declaring a TRAVEL MIRACLE has occurred.
For many travellers, those words may never come. But best-selling British author Tilly Bagshawe recently told Bloomberg there's just one phrase travellers need in their arsenal to get an upgrade every single time.
The author, who estimates she travels around 100,000 miles a year, said all holidaymakers need to do is utter the words "revenue management".
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The unsexy words will set you apart from other travellers, and cement your status as someone who knows what's what when it comes to flying.