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Why you should book your seat on this row

Jarrod Sierocki

The biggest mistake people make is not getting full value for their points. Courtesy ABC News

FREE upgrades are the holy grail of air travel.

They’re said to exist, although they often seem like an urban legend. And there’s nothing we won’t do in the hope of scoring one, even though our efforts often seem ridiculous and infuriatingly futile.

But there are ways to achieve the much-coveted free upgrade, Robin Chiang, the head of KAYAK Australia, told And it could be as easy as being strategic about where you book your economy seat.

To begin with, the most sure-fire way to score a free upgrade remained joining an airline frequent flyer program, Ms Chiang said.

“And stick to one airline — in these circumstances, loyalty always goes a long way,” she said.

“Secondly, passengers who have booked flex-fares or other higher-priced tickets with a class will more likely be upgraded. If you don’t mind paying a little more upfront it could reap rewards at the departure ga…

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