Flight attendant reveals meal requests lower business, first class upgrade odds


A flight attendant has revealed why requesting a special meal before flying could reduce your chances of a free upgrade.

While passengers are able to ask for a different meal option before travelling, such as vegetarian or gluten-free, it could prevent them from being upgraded to having a business class experience.

Flight attendant Neil Jackson, author of Welcome Aboard, told Mail Online: “Crew say veggies (vegetarians) hardly ever get upgraded, because there might not be a suitable meal for them upfront.”

He also explained how being part of the frequent-flyer scheme and not having any food allergies can help passengers get bumped up for free.

Former Qantas flight attendant Nik Loukas agreed on avoiding a special meal for a free upgrade during a flight.

He told Business Insider: “Because you’ve got a dietary requirement, they might not be able to cater for you if they upgrade you.”

The former cabin crew member now runs plane food blog InflightFeed where he reviews the latest airline food.

Nik has racked up over 25,000 followers on Instagram showcasing the best, and the worst, in-flight meals.

However, a Qantas spokesperson said it was “untrue” that a special meal would stop an upgrade.

They told Business Insider the “special meal request” would be provided for them if they were bumped to first class.

Nik also previously revealed why ice cream is the best food to eat on a plane.

He said: “It tastes the same in the air as it does on the ground.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.



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