What does it take to get hotel and airline upgrades?

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Which of the following tricks help travelers achieve upgrades?
dressing sharp
checking in early
dressing sharp, checking in early and boarding late
Veteran travelers have learned the tricks and tips to subtly increase the odds of a last-minute bump. Dress sharp, meet the manager, check in early, board late -- these are just a few of the time-tested strategies that separate the complimentary peanuts from the complimentary wine. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades

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What's the best way to earn a hotel upgrade?
booking online
booking on the phone
Veteran travelers recommend that you don't book your hotel reservations online. A phone reservation gives you the opportunity to make a personal connection with the hotel staff. This presents an excellent opportunity to mention any special circumstances that could lead to a courtesy upgrade. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades
booking through a traveling agent

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What are the best days for earning a hotel upgrade?
Sundays and Mondays
Sundays and Mondays are usually the best days for earning hotel upgrades because they are less busy. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Fridays and Saturdays

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What word should you never use when trying to score an airline upgrade?
free
upgrade
all of the above
The first tip for scoring a free airline upgrade is to never use the words "free" or "upgrade" in the same sentence. Believe it or not, you're not the first person who has thought of buttering up the ticketing agent for an undeserved upgrade. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades

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What's the first step in achieving an airline upgrade?
Socializing with the ticketing agents.
Becoming a member of the airline's frequent flyer program.
The first step is to become a member of the airline's frequent flyer program. If the coach section is oversold and the ticket agent is scanning the flight manifest for potential upgrades, he or she is going to give priority to the gold and silver status members who have proven their loyalty. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades
Offering the ticket agent a big tip.

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What is the second step to achieving an airline upgrade?
Checking into your flight early.
Check into the flight early, but board the plane late. By checking in at the airport hours before your flight, you have the advantage of being one of the first people to put in an upgrade request.How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades
Checking into your flight late.
Offering the ticket agent a big tip.

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What's the best language to use when requesting an upgrade?
ask for 'more legroom'
ask to be seated 'closer to the front of the plane'
all of the above
When requesting an upgrade, don't ask directly for the upgrade. Instead, ask for 'more legroom' or to be seated 'closer to the front of the plane.' These are the standard euphemisms. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades

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Which of the following statements is true?
Sharply dressed solo travelers have the greatest odds of getting an upgrade at the gate.
Sharply dressed solo travelers have the greatest odds of getting an upgrade at the gate. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades
Families with small children have the greatest odds of getting an upgrade at the gate.
all of the above

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Which of the following statements is true?
Upgrades are always free.
Not all upgrades are free.
Not all upgrades are free -- and why should they be? After all, hotels and airlines are businesses that need to make a profit.How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades
Upgrades for single travelers are always free.

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Most airlines allow you to trade what for upgrades?
cash
frequent flyer miles
Most airlines allow you to trade in frequent flyer miles for upgrades and some of the best bump-up deals can be found at the last minute by haggling with the ticket agent. If the agent has extra seats, he or she might charge a little more, but still far less than you would've paid in advance. How to Get Hotel and Airline Upgrades
meal vouchers

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