- Be a prehistoric pal. Show your sunny side when approaching a decision-maker who can expedite your first-class seat. "That comes in handy when meeting upgrade gatekeepers," Bowden says. "By opening your arms in a welcoming way, you show others you mean no harm. A smile is a great addition."
- Show your minimalist side. This one requires you to verbalize a request, but with a twist. When you sidle up to an airline attendant and ask, "Hey, do I see an empty seat in first class?" raise your eyebrow ever-so-gently when you do so. "Sometimes less is more," Bowden says. "By slightly raising your eyebrows you will be perceived as an approachable person." And it's approachable people who win first-class seats.
- Try an eye crinkle. It's no use trying to get away with a fake smile -- the airline attendant will know it. But if you smile while showing the wrinkles around eyes, you'll appear more genuine and hike your odds of getting into first class.
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