Get an instant seat upgrade if you spot this when boarding the plane

If you’ve ever experienced getting upgraded on a flight you’ll know it’s nothing short of amazing and we’d basically do anything to make it happen again.

 

Well it seems there is a little trick and if you keep your eyes peeling when boarding your next flight, you might just get lucky.

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If you spot this one thing about your seat you could get an upgrade. Photo: Getty

Rick Brown, who has published books on the best travel hacks, revealed on online forum Quora that is all has to do with giving your assigned seat a once over.

Because if you notice something out of the ordinary you could get upgraded. Especially if something is broken.

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If your seat is broken you'll likely end up with an upgrade. Photo: Getty

“If your seat is broken, you can request a new seat,” Rick said.

“If one is not available in economy, they have to put you in first.”

Business class and first class aren’t always full so if you have to get moved and economy is booked out then voilà, upgrade!

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If economy is full you'll end up in business or first class. Photo: Getty

But whatever you do, don’t damage it yourself. This is a crime.

The website Life Hacker confirmed this neat little trick saying they had experienced it themselves.

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Happy travels. Photo: Getty

“I've been on several packed flights where passengers had broken coach seats and were reassigned to business or first since they were the only seats left.”

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