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First class flops: weird airline upgrade requests


Virgina Atlantic reveals the silliest ways passengers have tried to blag better seats

The stewardess was not fooled by Dominique's arms-as-a-seatbelt ruse | Image: ingimage

In a survey of over 1,000 ground staff and cabin crew, Virgin Atlantic has revealed the funniest upgrade requests they’ve received. Check out some of the more unusual tales customers told to secure an upgrade… and find out how you can get one too.
The rowing couple – One gentleman requested an upgrade so he wouldn’t have to sit next to his wife
The broken-hearted – A young man hoped an upgrade would mend his broken heart after being dumped on his birthday
The tired father – A dad travelling with his family wanted to be upgraded as his baby was teething and he wanted a good sleep. Needless to say his wife wasn’t impressed!
The impatient traveller – One lady asked for an upgrade as she wanted to get to her destination quicker!
The trickster – A very famous magician offered to perform magic tricks for the crew in return for an upgrade
The overachiever – A businessman asked for an upgrade as he was in Economy but his boss was in Premium – he wanted an upgrade to Upper Class so he could wave at his boss from the bar.
The fantasist – One gentleman requested an upgrade so he could try out the on board hot tub!!
The entrepreneur – One businessman requested an upgrade so he could meet Richard Branson and pitch an idea to him on board.
Some of the more common reasons revealed by the survey included:
“It’s my birthday!”
“I am a friend of Mr Branson.”
“We are on honeymoon.”
During the month of August, each week, the airline is encouraging customers to tweet their #BestRequest for a chance to be upgraded.
Virgin Atlantic upgrade prices start from £299 from Economy to Premium Economy and £1299 from Economy to Upper Class. Upgrade the airport experience with limos, Upper Class check in, fast track security and baggage and access to the Clubhouse with the Virgin Atlantic Guest List experience from £250 per person
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