Given the opportunity, it’s fair to say that just about anyone would trade the increasingly cramped seats in economy for one of those flat beds where the service (and the champagne) keep getting better. The problem is that business class is typically out of reach for most people, or at least so they think. Here are a few tricks to trade seats all the time…

Collect Miles, Buy Instantly Upgradeable Tickets…

Collecting miles really is easy. There are so many ways to earn them without traveling and frankly, there’s no excuse to miss out. If you have miles and some travel savvy, you can find upgrade space before you book your economy or premium economy ticket. By doing that you’re able to instantly upgrade to those wonderful seats up front, without any of the stress (or cash). Much more on this HERE.

Learn To Find Business Class Deals At Economy Prices…

As far fetched as it sounds, sometimes airlines really will sell business class tickets at the same price or lower as they generally sell economy. The catch? They only last about 24-48 hours and then they disappear. If you want to be in the know, visit this site “Flyertalk” daily (translation here), bookmark GodSaveThePoints, Secret Flying and The Flight Deal. You’ll never miss a deal. 

Earn Points You Can Redeem On Almost Any Airline, Fly Business Or First Class (Almost) For Free…

Earning miles is always great, but earning the right miles is brilliant. Not every airline charges the same number of miles for the exact same flights, some add crazy taxes and surcharges but others don’t. The best way to get around the system is to collect transferrable points, which you can convert into a variety of airline miles, giving you better chances at finding availability, and most importantly, access to the lowest rates and taxes using miles. Credit cards which earn American Express Membership Rewards Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, Citi Thank You Points and Starwood Preferred Guest points, which can be transferred to most airlines are a great place to start…