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You’d be amazed just how many people offer unsolicited advice for upgrades, cheap tickets, great hotels and everything else under the sun when traveling. You’d be far less amazed to learn that almost every single tip is complete- and utter nonsense. No, the internet doesn’t explode with travel traffic every Sunday night when fares are loaded, nor does the direction of the sun decide how much hotels in Bali will charge each month. Here are a few upgrade myths which just are not true, and probably never will be…

Myth #1: Checking In Late To Your Hotel Will Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Room Upgrade…

See here’s what happens. Customer #1 walks in at check in time: asks about upgrades. Customer #2 walks in: asks about upgrades. This process continues throughout the afternoon, with some guests offering a $20, others waving their important guest card and then finally- there’s you. No, you’re not going to get the biggest room in the place- you’re going to get the closest thing to a closet, since everyone before you has already been “upgraded”. But sure, give it a whirl…

Myth #2: Dressing Up, Looking Sharp Will Get You An Airplane Seat Upgrade…

Yes, everyone in first class wears an “i’m rich” uniform, and if you’d like to join them, you should wear a suit too. If you believe that, you may also believe that the non elastic three piece suit, blouse, dress or whatever you’re wearing is as comfortable as the person in sweatpants sitting next to you- in economy. No one is getting upgraded based on what they’re wearing these days. Even if they think they are- it’s because of something else, not the clothes.

Myth #3 Greasing The Hotel Check In Clerk Won’t Actually Get You A Better Room…

Sadly there’s no money back guarantee involved here, but this totally works, so if you don’t do it, you’ll be missing out. Being polite, upbeat and handing a $20 (or more) over with your credit card and ID has lead to more room or suite upgrades than any other “trick” in the book. If there are better rooms available, and they’re not yet assigned to anyone, it’s almost guaranteed that something about your stay will be upgraded. If not a bigger room, maybe a bottle of wine. In Vegas, it’s almost an institution!

Myth #4: You’re More Likely To Get A Free Upgrade If You Don’t Assign A Seat…

Paging seat 47B? Yeah, if you fall for this, you can enjoy the very worst seat- squeezed between the middle of the two most unpleasant people on the plane. Though it can work out every blue moon, not assigning a seat is a sure fire way to get one of the worst seats, and it’s definitely not going to make you more likely for an upgrade. If anything, it will only make you more likely to get bumped off your flight if it’s oversold. Uncomfortable seat, and extended airport wait? Yikes.

Myth #5: Empty Flights Offer A Better Chance Of  Getting An Upgrade…

Incorrect! It’s the opposite actually. Airlines vigorously protect the prestige of their first and business class offerings, so upgrading people just because there’s space is not going to happen. Upgrades happen most frequently when all seats are taken in economy- and someone needs to move. If you want a shot at an upgrade, search for full flights using ExpertFlyer, if you happen to have elite frequent flyer status, it’s not a terrible bet!