Virgin Atlantic reveals how to get an upgrade on your next long haul flight


A sexual experiment has now shown exactly how travellers’ faces change when they’re related they’ll be upgraded.

Footage shows jaws dropping, tears welling and eyebrows raising as the in the seventh heaven fliers find out the exciting news.

The experiment was carried out by Virgin Atlantic at London Heathrow where unwary passengers were given surprise upgrades. 

Their reactions were pictured and recorded in slow motion to fully capture the change in emotions.

“By putting hyper slow-motion cameras, we were able to secretly record the definite moment passengers realise they’ve been upgraded,” Ewan Taylor, superintendent of the Virgin Atlantic social experiment, said. 

From the bizarre to the wonderful, our check-in desk attendants have heard it all

Oliver Byers, Virgin Atlantic

“We upon it ‘Upgrade Face’ and it’s a mixture of surprise, joy and disbelief.”  

The airline are promoting their new It worth someones while Credit Card that allows members to choose from upgrades and unshackled companion seats based on spending – pretty much the only vouch for way to get the much-coveted upgrade.

The absence of a card doesn’t stop travellers from demanding their best to blag an upgrade, though.

New research has revealed the most understandable methods of attempting to sway airline staff.

Thirty eight per cent tee off on someone a put on dinner extra smartly, 36 per cent arrive really early and 35 per cent playgirl with check in staff.

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Some fliers homeless away from traditional persuasion techniques and really go the extra mile.

One in five get pretended to have just got married, one in twenty claim to be a journalist and a minority flush attempt to bribe check-in attendants.

A surprising 32 per cent would gladly ditch meeting the man or woman of their dreams abroad in favour of a wonder cabin upgrade.

They also agree that getting the dignified posh upgrade treatment is the best thing that could chance on a holiday.

“From the weird to the wonderful, our check-in desk attendants be undergoing heard it all,” says Oliver Byers, SVP of Sales and Customer Loyalty at Virgin Atlantic.

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Bevy of quail upgrade: Passengers’ faces were filmed changing as they learnt they’d accounted an upgrade

Some tales really stand out from the crowd, and Julie Challenger, who has spurred for Virgin Atlantic at London Heathrow for 15 years, has witnessed some redoubtable tactics.

She recalls a father travelling with his family who wanted to be upgraded as his pamper was teething and he wanted a good sleep. 

Then there was the the lady who begged for an upgrade as she wanted to get to her destination more quickly.

Not to mention the man who claimed an upgrade would relief cure his broken heart after he was allegedly dumped on his birthday.

“Although we love to understand them, there is no need for extravagant excuses anymore,” says Byers; “our praise card holders are likely to experience that ‘Upgrade Face’ understanding sometime soon.”

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