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.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Fans of the TV show Shark Tank may have seen an entrepreneur present a startup called Swimply, an app that allows users to rent time at a nearby private pool at someone’s home. A veritable Airbnb for pools, Swimply users form agreements with pool owners that involve renting out the pool, patio space and even bathrooms for an afternoon of fun in the sun when the pool isn’t being used by the owners.
Bordeaux is a wine region located in the southwest of France. The name may be familiar because wines made in this region are referred to as Bordeaux wines. Below is a list of places to see and things to do while in Bordeaux, France:
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.