Air Travel Hacks: How To Find Business Or First Class Flight Deals 57

Air Travel Hacks: How To Find Business Or First Class Flight Deals - airline industry

The following article is a guest post.

Every day millions of passengers hit the sky, mostly in coach. Flying coach has become worse as time moves forward. The seats are getting smaller, more seats are crammed together, and service at McDonald’s is better than in coach.

On the other side of that curtain are the people who have the unbelievable joy of flying business class or first class.

The airlines are in constant competition to improve their premium seats with so many added luxuries such as flat seats, private suites, meals served on real china and an overall atmosphere of total relaxation and comfort. As airlines pack in more flyers, the chances of getting that golden opportunity to get a random upgrade to first class or business class is becoming slim to nil!

There are experts in the travel industry from Cheap First Class that believe it is possible to get in business class without selling your first born child! It will take a great deal of leg work and time, but it will be well worth it when you are enjoying the amenities that come with those seats.

How It Works:

Most airlines still offer great upgrades for their passengers that put in thousands of miles each year in flying.

Obviously, the best way to earn an elite status is through their frequent-flyer programs. That said, all the airlines have credit cards that will give you great sign-up bonuses and reward miles for purchases. If this seems like a good option, dig deeper into credit cards that will let you accrue “elite quality miles” (EQMs). EQMs will let you earn elite status to that perfect seat on your next flight.

Delta offers their Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express card. It awards 5,000 EQMs and 35,000 bonus miles after you have spent $1,000 within the first three months of having the card. If you spend $25,000 a year, you will earn another 10,000 EQMs and 10,000 bonus miles.

You Can Buy Upgrades.

If you have tons of miles that do not qualify for elite status, you can still get a business class ticket for less than the regular fare.

Experts believe this is the best way to spend your miles.

As an example, if you book a flight from Dallas, TX to New York City, you could upgrade a $400 coach ticket for a business class ticket that is worth $4,000 or approximately 30,000 flyer miles. Keep in mind, airlines will charge you a cash fee and the miles to upgrade. At the time that you book, if you do not see this option, check back with the airline 3 or 4 days before your flight. This is when they put the upgrades back into the system.

At The Last Minute.


Airlines do offer upgrades at a discounted rate, at the last minute, if they have vacancies.

On an average, these offers are available about 6 hours before a flight takes off. When checking in, pay attention to these opportunities.

Alitalia offers upgrades on board their planes so if seats in business class are available you can buy them, on board, for a fraction of the cost.

The Competition Among Domestic Carriers.

Competition has always been a staple among domestic carriers but thanks to JetBlue, lowering fares on transcontinental flights has dropped drastically.

A flight from New York to Los Angeles in business class was over $2,400, and now it’s closer to $1,000.

To get these great deals, you need to keep your eyes open for cabin fares that go on sale. Consider signing up for the First Class Flyer newsletter that costs $197 a year and publishes important information about sales for business and first class seats.

If you prefer to do it on your own, stay on top of airlines that send out offers through emails and even standard mail about fare sales.

Discover When Business Travelers Fly & When They Don’t.

This is a great way to get a really good deal on business class seats.

As a general rule, business travelers do not travel on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). They also rarely fly on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Watch For Airlines That Are Selling Miles.

This is actually an around the barn tactic for selling tickets, but it can work. American Airlines offers to buy miles opportunities.

As an example, if a company has a sale for 100,000 miles for $1,300, it might sound like a lot, but consider this: a round trip first class ticket from coast to coast normally costs $5,000. You can redeem the miles you bought from the company for the same trip.

Be Flexible.

If you are willing to be bumped off a flight, it might give you good leverage to request and upgrade to a better deal.

Travelers willing to give up their seats for a later flight are few and far between. The airline is in a pinch with too many passengers and not enough seats, often they will work with you. At least it’s worth a shot!

What other tips for finding business or first class flight deals do you know about?

See also:

How to Save Money and Have The Vacation of Your Dreams
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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.