One Thing That Improves Your Chances of an Upgrade and the Worst Thing to Do If You Miss a Flight

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. “Your chances of getting an upgrade are best on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, when planes are emptier.”

    Really … Free upgrade for non-Elte status members when plane is empty? What’s the logic here?

  2. Not true. We have hundreds of thousands of miles and take long trips to Europe once a year. In the past, we were upgraded but not any more because, apparently, we don’t spend enough on United. I guess United is the airline of the 1 percent.

  3. Funny how in a communist dictatorship people are willing to fight with the airlines (right or wrong) but here in USA we would piss our pants if the TSA looked crossly at us. Bush’s Freedom act has truly achieved its purpose in turning us all into well behaved sheep. Stalin would be proud of todays USA

    P.S. Before the Freedom Act I would probably have posted this under my own name

  4. and after the Freedom Act (and not necessarily in line with it), your name is not protected by your silly attempt at anonymity.

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