For most people the sight of the First Class lounge brings with it a ping of jealousy, as you trudge through to cattle classes and look enviously on at the haven of plentiful drinks, great cuisine and beds made of silk(okay well this is how I imagine it anyway).
The allure of an upgrade can be too much for some, especially those travelling on business. Rather than trying to save their company those precious few pennies, corporate travellers, according to a report by GetThere, are using more adventurous excuses for an upgrade.
These reasons/excuses range from the egotistical (“Don’t you know who I am”), to the more humorous (“I upgraded to First Class because I can’t afford the drinks in Coach”), to the just plain desperate (“My dog is booked in the climate control hold on the flight and I need to sit in First Class so I can hear him bark so I know he`s OK").
Here's the top ten list in full:
1. “I upgraded to First Class because I can’t afford the drinks in Coach.”
2. “Do you know who I am? If you did you would not ask me why I travel First Class.”
3. “I had to rent a full size car in order to carry my golf clubs.”
4. “I am allergic to peanuts and that is all they serve in Coach, so I had to upgrade to First where they have almonds.”
5. “I had to stay an extra day because I can`t fly with a hangover.”
6. “My dog is booked in the climate control hold on the flight and I need to sit in First Class so I can hear him bark so I know he`s OK.”
7. “Isn`t Boston on the way to LAX?” (Passenger lives in Las Vegas and wanted extra mileage points.)
8. “I have a doctor`s note that states I have to fly First Class.”
9. “I`m claustrophobic, so I need to fly First Class in order to get off the plane first.”
10. “I accidentally booked a flight to Paris, France instead of Paris, Texas.”
So next time you need to justify your upgrade, think of something more audacious than a peanut allergy or the doctor’s note?