So on a recent trip from Los Angeles to Chicago, I decided to try for my own upgrades. At every opportunity, I discreetly offered cash to airline employees, Transportation Security Administration employees and fellow passengers in exchange for a better seat or faster service. I wanted to know what would happen when institutional fees leave the institution and were offered instead on the black market.

How’d he do? Check out the full article from David Weinberg of the New York Times here.

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The Value Traveler (@ValueTravelerOz) December 23, 2014 - 9:56 am

hehe great article. I actually did this in Cairo on an MS flight, and I scored. You will fare better OUTSIDE the U.S. with the ol’ slip em a 20 routine

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Dave December 23, 2014 - 11:06 am

i was on a LAX to HKG 14-hr CX flight, sandwiched between 2 fat guys in a 3-4-3 right side. when meal services started, i offered an indian guy sitting in an isle seat $100 to switch, he gladly took it after his meal.

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