According to VICE, getting a free upgrade on your next flight could be as easy as handing the flight attendant a coffee card.
In an interview with an anonymous flight attendant VICE asked a multitude of questions including what’s the best way to get a free upgrade or other free things? Her answer was simple, “if you’ve got bargaining chips, usually in the form of candy or Starbucks gift cards, you’re pretty much set.”
She even suggested that some candy and a smile might not always get you an upgrade but it could score you some free drinks. “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. We don’t keep count of those mini bottles of alcohol. If there’re seats open in business class, and it’s not going to affect me negatively, or there are first class seats open and I can still eat my first class meal if I put you up there, I’ll put you up there. As long as you’re nice to me, no problem.”
They also asked her if it was really necessary to turn off your cell phone and what’s the best way to join the mile high club. The full article is here. Please be aware of some strong NSFW language.