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How to Upgrade Your Trip for Less

by Allie Moore

Feb 11, 2020

Sponsored by Alitalia © It’s about the journey, and on Alitalia’s Premium Economy cabin, there’s ample amenities to ensure peace of mind. That ease of travel begins before the flight takes off, with an additional baggage allowance of two complimentary bags, and priority check-in and boarding.

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Scoring a flight upgrade is the stuff travel dreams are made of, but if the thought of accruing tens of thousands of miles or forking over hundreds of dollars for a premier credit card are too daunting, here are a few sneaky ways to feel like you’ve snagged an upgrade that won’t cost you more than the price of the ticket.

 

Invest in TSA PreCheck or Global Entry

These two programs will have you feeling like an A-lister as they allow you to bypass the lengthy lines at security checkpoints and inbound customs/passport control desks, respectively. TSA PreCheck membership only costs $85 for five years, and Global Entry costs $100 for five years.

 

Buy a One-Time Airport Lounge Pass

If you’re not carrying a loyalty credit card that lets you access lounges for free, consider buying a day pass. Prices can start as low as $25 and can be scouted on apps like Lounge Buddy.

 

Double-Check Your Wallet

Take inventory of your credit cards and re-check your benefits. Some cards come with travel perks like priority boarding, lounge access, free checked bags or reimbursement for programs like TSA PreCheck or Global Entry.

 

Upgrade to a Roomier Seat

When you check in for your flight, scan the seating options and see if you can afford to spend a few extra bucks on a seat with extra legroom or a front-row seat with no passengers in front of you.

 

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