On her TikTok channel @cierra_mistt, she explained that “one of the easiest ways to get a free upgrade is literally just being nice to your gate agent and flight attendant”.
According to Cierra, passengers can simply be polite and friendly with the crew or they can go the extra mile and bring them a little treat.
She explained: “The miracles we can work when we are given some Starbucks or a pack of chocolate.
“Especially on those long days when we have back-to-back flights and we don’t even have time to go get some food.”
Many passengers, especially former crew or those who work in the aviation industry, often bring chocolate and sweets for the pilots and flight attendants to enjoy during their shift.
According to Miguel Muñoz, a flight attendant based in the UK, this is actually the most effective way to get better treatment on board.
He told Express.co.uk that when passengers bring “Toblerone or Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons” from the terminal, he is “automatically nicer”.
Miguel explained: “The cabin chief would always offer them free coffee and tea and if there are better seats available, we will move them!”
London-based flight attendant Helena Afroughi agreed and explained that “bringing some sweets to the crew” is the best way to get an upgrade and it “always works”.
She explained: “What always works is when people bring some sweets to the crew, chocolates or whatever. And they make themselves known.
“Don’t just give it and run away. Usually, people do it as a thank you but I’ve seen it more with people that have family working as crew too so they appreciate the crew more.”
On the social media platform TikTok, flight attendant Dave Anica shared this tip and explained that it “always works” for him.
He said: “This is a good tip if you guys want an upgrade or whatever, always give something to the crew, they will treat you like royalty.”