27/12/2018 3:18 PM IST | Updated 27/12/2018 3:18 PM IST

Five Sure-Shot Ways To Get an Upgrade in Life

Imagine, you are waiting to board your long-haul flight at the airport when the ground staff announces “we are now boarding. Request all first and business class passengers to please come forward.” While everyone else, waits for their turn, you walk up to the counter and are greeted by a friendly face, who ushers you into a private cabin, equipped with a 21-inch screen, a fully reclinable chair, and free-flowing wine! Sounds amazing, right? Well, that’s what it feels like to get an upgrade. Needless to say, an upgrade comes with a lot of perks, and that’s why we are giving you five sure-shot ways to get an upgrade in life!

1. Get an upgrade while flying: While many people ask for an upgrade, only a handful actually get one. So, the next time you book your ticket, try and book it closer to the date of departure. The probability of an overbooked flight will be higher, which in turn increases your chances of an upgrade. Second, many airlines have tie-ups with credit card companies. What a lot of people don't know is that the points you collect while shopping or spending money on your card can be redeemed against a free upgrade. Lastly, dress neatly and ask politely. You are more likely to get an upgrade when you are dressed well and not like you are boarding the flight just to SLEEP!

2. Get an upgrade while staying at a hotel: The easiest way to get a guaranteed upgrade at your favorite luxury hotel is by signing up for their membership. For a nominal fee, hotels happily upgrade their members every time they check-in. But if you don't want to commit to a membership, you can always request them for a free upgrade while reserving a room. Tell them you are visiting to celebrate an occasion and they would be happy to oblige!

3. Get an upgrade while eating: Why pay more when you can get so much more for less? Get a free size upgrade of your favorite cuppa with coupon codes. And don’t forget to upgrade your meal with a free dessert every time you order online by using your loyalty points.

4. Get up upgrade while working out: Nothing is more demotivating than an old, smelly gym. Upgrade to a new fitness center every time you workout by opting for services that allow you to use the fanciest gyms in town. Today, many fitness apps allow you to access luxury gyms across the country at a nominal fee. The only difference is that you need to book a slot in advance and are allowed only three visits a month per gym. If you are someone who doesn’t visit the gym very often (like most of us), this deal is not so bad because the limited time at a gym at offers steam, spa and a juice bar are so much better than a gym that smells like a locker room.

5. Get up upgrade while driving: Today, more and more SUVs are dominating the India road. But why settle for something mediocre when you can get something ultra luxurious at the same price. Introducing the Alturas G4. Alturas G4 is a high-end, full-sized SUV that exudes luxury and elegance. The Alturas G4’s powerful 2.2 liter 4-cylinder engine produces 133.1 kW (178 BHP) power and 420 Nm of torque. With its bold and imposing design, exquisite tan and black interiors with Nappa leather upholstery, state-of-the-art technology and unmatched safety features, you are sure to feel you have been upgraded!