Everyone remembers their first time. Their first time getting upgraded on an international flight, that is. For some people, it’s aÂ splurge with miles. For others,Â it’s the result of hard-won top-tier airline status. Or a cash upgrade offer at check-in that is too good to be true. But no matter how it happens, your first time flying in first or business class isÂ theÂ highlight of any AvGeek’s flying career.
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of my first long-haul upgrade â€“ in a shiny new Dreamliner, no less. And yes, itÂ was everything I wanted it to be and more. But the circumstances were a little unusual, because my upgrade wasnâ€™t thanks to miles, or cash. I was upgraded because of a typhoon in the western Pacific.
Wait … what? Well read on forÂ the backstory, plus plenty ofÂ photos and thoughts about myÂ experience in United’s BusinessFirst 787 cabin. And once you’re done reading, share your own stories about your first times getting bumped up.