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Tue, 5 Feb, 2019Basmah Qazi

Flight attendant reveals the one thing that will stop you from getting an upgrade

Flight attendant reveals the one thing that will stop you from getting an upgrade

A flight attendant has revealed the innocent request that may diminish your chances of nabbing an upgrade.

Before boarding, passengers have the liberty to choose between special meals depending on their dietary requirements. And while it’s a service that’s convenient for those who are vegetarian or gluten-free, it’s apparently what reduces their chance of being upgraded to business class.

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

He also mentioned that those who are considered frequent flyers and have no known food allergies are more likely to hit the jackpot.

Nik Loukas, a former Qantas flight attendant agreed, saying that those hoping for an upgrade should avoid requesting special meals.

Speaking to Business Insider, Mr Loukas said: “Because you’ve got dietary requirements, they might not be able to cater for you if they upgrade you.”

Mr Loukas is the brains behind popular food blog InflightFeed where he reviews the latest airline food.

Having accumulated over 25,000 followers on Instagram, the former flight attendant reveals the best, and the worst, in-flight meals.

But despite the revelations, a spokesperson for Qantas has said the claims were “untrue” and if a passenger was to be upgraded, their dietary requirements would be catered for.

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