Reply To: I constantly lie to get airplane upgrades. Is that unethical?

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I am not sure that there are major, soul-searching ethical issues at stake here. I don’t try for upgrades in that way because I don’t think asking will make an iota of difference. Upgrade decisions are not likely to be in the giving of check-in staff. Airlines upgrade in their own interest, not ours!

A few years ago when travelling with family long-haul with KLM, I was upgraded at the gate (as a Platinum flyer). My wife tried her luck with the “its my birthday, you can’t leave us in Economy” routine. Gate staff looked very sceptical but asked for our passports. Indeed it was her birthday and all three of us were upgraded to the nose of the 747.

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