The only guaranteed method for ensuring upgrade is to pay for one. But that doesn’t necessarily mean paying full price. Several apps invite customers to fill unsold posh seats last-minute, by means of bidding. Seatfrog recently launched in partnership with Virgin Trains, offering same-day upgrades to first class from as little as £5
Bidding opens two hours before departure and ends 30 minutes before
Plusgrade is the airline equivalent, powering bidding system for nine airlines including Singapore, Etihad, Cathay and Qantas. Virgin Atlantic operates its own online auction, but only permits moving up to the class above your paid-for seat (so you can’t leapfrog from economy to Upper Class) and not all routes are eligible Improve your chances by checking sites such as Expert flyer com to see which seats are available
If you don’t have the means to upgrade use search site Seatguru to identify if the best (and worst) seat numbers on your flight uk flightaware is a useful tool for tracking flights, and more importantly delays. Its Misery Map is an amusing means of keeping track of large-scale snare-ups in the US, such as extreme weather upsets
Frequent flyers are increasingly trialled at a handful of airports in Europe.the US Middle East and Australia. the”single token travel service does away with passports and boarding cards favouring biometrics BA is currently trialling a similar system at Los Angeles airport (vision box. com)
Security queues at US airports can be avoided-for a fee -by authorised US passport-holders. The TSA Pre service (tsa.gov/precheck) costs $85; apply for screening and once authorised you can sail through security without removing shoes, Laptops and liquids for five years
US immigration-frequently cited as hostile and cumbersome -can also be cleared prior to arrival Ireland is the only European country that is able to conduct pre-clearance for passengers flying to the US: book a connecting flight on Aer Lingus and clear immigration in Dublin, then walk straight through on arrival.
Citymapper is an intuitive mapping app that offers intelligent transport solutions in almost 4o cities around the world. Tap in your desired destination and it will use your current location to find the swiftest routes available. Its newest innovations include a “smart bus“route and share black taxi app in central London.