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    Upgrading Your Seat on a Flight

    These days, airlines are so pressed to turn a profit that you'll likely have to pay up to get bumped to business class. Your best bet, according to Kate Maxwell, editor-in-chief of the travel-deal website Jetsetter, is to join a loyalty program and rack up points. "The higher you are on the loyalty totem pole, the better your chances of receiving upgrades," she says. Increase your odds of wooing a check-in attendant by dressing smartly, arriving early, and asking for that upgrade oh-so-politely, both at check-in and at the gate. "But even then, expect to pay around $40 to $100 for a short haul and $150 to $500 for a long haul," Maxwell adds. Another idea: If your flight is overbooked and your schedule is flexible, offer up your seat in exchange for an upgrade on the next flight.
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