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Get Bumped Up to First Class on Your Next Flight!!

First Class

Admit it: Flying first class can make the hassles of air travel so much better. I’ve been bumped up to first class twice: once while traveling solo on a business trip to Boston and once with my husband on our honeymoon. Let’s just say I liked it very much. Who wouldn’t appreciate a glass of Cabernet while waiting for everyone else to board?

While I love flying first class, I don’t exactly want to pay for it. First-class tickets can cost four times the coach fare, and it doesn’t seem worth it for a short flight.

So how do you increase your odds of getting moved up? Here are 10 things you can do to increase your odds of flying first class for free:

1. Dress the part. Pack your yoga pants, torn jeans, and flip-flops, and wear something that belongs in first class. You don’t have to wear a suit (although it wouldn’t hurt). Just wear something professional, and shows that you belong.

Bob Atkinson, travel expert at TravelSupermarket.com, advises sticking to the “smart casual” code, and that “a cashmere shawl or linen jacket can make all the difference.”

2. Ask for an upgrade. Sometimes if you want something, all you have to do is ask. When you check in, say to the agent: “If you are upgrading passengers on this flight, I would like to be considered.” Be sure to smile. Many of the people gate agents deal with are complaining; you’ll stand out if you’re friendly and polite.

“Be nice to everybody from the moment you walk on airport property,” former flight attendant Carolyn Paddock, founder of the website Life in Flight, told Bankrate.com. “You’re talking to people who are decision makers.”

3. Be early. The early bird gets the worm. Instead of trying to get the attention of the agent while he or she is busy with other passengers, show up early and be the first one to ask. Your flight may have only one or two upgrades available.

4. Travel solo. There is a greater chance that just one or two seats will be available in first class. If you frequently travel with co-workers, your odds of getting singled out are slim. Instead, fly by yourself to improve your chances.

5. Travel during peak times. If the flight has fewer passengers, chances are no one will be moved up. Airlines are more likely to upgrade people to make room on flights they oversell.

6. Sit next to the baby or take the middle seat. If a flight attendant is moving passengers, he or she may look to make the trip more comfortable for someone by moving them from a less desirable seat.

7. Give up your spot. When the gate agent asks for people who are willing to give up their seat, volunteer if you can be upgraded on the next flight. You will experience the delay, but it might be worth it if you can fly first class. This works especially well if there aren’t other people volunteering, Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at travel website Orbitz.com, told Market Watch.

8. Check your seat. When you sit down, make sure your armrests, recliner, tray table, and seat belt are in working condition. If they’re broken, let the flight attendant know. Passengers in broken seats will be reassigned–and it could be to first class.

9. Join the airline’s loyalty club. Even if you don’t travel often, it doesn’t hurt to become a member of an airline frequent-flyer club. You’ll often receive upgrade opportunities, and if agents are looking to move someone, they could look to their list of members first.

“If our airport staff are looking to upgrade passengers on the day of departure, there is a process that they follow which generally sees passengers that are frequent flyers of the airline–or those that have paid for a fully flexible ticket–benefiting,” Harriet Bevis, Virgin Atlantic spokesperson, told the Daily Mail.

10. Let flight attendants know if it’s a special occasion. If it’s your birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon, let the flight attendants know. And if you don’t get an upgrade, you just might get a free drink.

Source: Inc.com

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10 Unwavering Truths That Successful People Live By


Work for your success, don’t just dream about it.

When you work as hard as you do, you are bound to run into several unanticipated challenges that require you to harness all of your strength and skill to continue on your path of success. Additionally, you are also likely to get offered all sorts of advice to help you solve these problems.

In order to set all of your options straight, these 10 pieces of advice that successful people apply to their lives will allow you to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. Regardless of your goals, the industry you are in, or what you want to achieve, these tips are essential for your success.

1. You can achieve what you thought was impossible

When you go along your journey, you will have many people tell you what you can’t do or that you shouldn’t do. You might even catch yourself telling yourself that it is impossible. One thing that successful people do is,  if they want to do something, regardless of how big it is, they tell themselves that they can do this, no matter what other people say. We are all capable of achieving more than we think, so don’t be the one holding yourself back.

2. There will be failures

Chances are, you will find failure before you find success. We all fail in order to reach success. The key to successful people is that when they are dealt with failures in life, they stay resilient, don’t wallow in it, and take away what they learn. They realize that it will pay off in the end, so they stick with it.

3. Growth takes time

Realize that your success just can’t be achieved overnight. Real, meaningful, and sustainable growth happens over time, and happens very slowly. If you did achieve success overnight, you short-cut yourself in going through the work of obtaining it. The process of achieving success if just as important as the outcome itself.

4. Freedom is the best reward for your work

There are plenty of people out there who make a comfortable living, but don’t get to enjoy it. They are slaves to their jobs or working for a boss they don’t respect. As you advance in your career, realize that the best reward for being a success at your job is to enjoy freedom and do what you want in life.

5. It’s OK to lose

Realize that you won’t always attain a goal, and realize that it is okay. When you don’t achieve something, it is easy to want to give up on your efforts. However, the most successful people realize that one loss doesn’t impact their ability or desire to achieve. Refocus after a tough loss, learn from it, and see what you can do better.

6. Successful people control their emotions

Although your work life may be the cause of your stress, the people who can manage their emotions are the most successful. By keeping a cooler head in the office, you can always prevail. Keeping your emotions in check will also help you solve problems more rationally, rather than making decisions based off of emotions.

7. Never be afraid to be wrong

Successful people also realize that they aren’t perfect and won’t always make the right decisions. Take risks from time to time, and even if they don’t pan out the way you want them to, know that you took a calculated risk that did pose some value at one point. No one is ever right 100 percent of the time, and making mistakes earlier in life that you can learn from will make you a more seasoned decision-maker.

8. Your success depends on you

If you want to reach success, you need to assess your individual commitment to the goal you desire to achieve. If you aren’t reaching success, take a look at yourself. Are you doing everything you can to try to reach your goals? Are you completely devoted to those goals? Do the little things you do in life add up to what you are trying to achieve? The most successful people can answer yes to these questions.

9. Never stop trying to improve

Successful people know that there isn’t a limit on what knowledge you can gain or what you can learn how to do. Never stop learning and improving. Even when you think you have achieved it all, try to climb a bit higher. There is always way more room to work and achieve more.

10. Financial freedom can help you get the life you deserve

Although financial freedom shouldn’t be the only end goal you have, it is a powerful thing. No matter where you are from, being happy is the number one factor you should be striving for in life. The most successful people can say that they are happy. Yes, they may be financially sound, but they enjoy what they are doing. They are surrounded by people they love and love them, who encourage them to work hard for their goals.

source: Zig Ziglar

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