Flight attendant reveals why you should pick your in-flight meal carefully if you want to get upgraded

A FLIGHT attendant has revealed why requesting a special meal before flying could scupper your chances of a free upgrade.

While passengers are able to ask for a different meal option before travelling, such as vegetarian or gluten-free, it could prevent them from being upgraded to having a business class experience.

Vegetarian meal requests could prevent you getting upgraded
Vegetarian meal requests could prevent you getting upgraded
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Flight attendant Neil Jackson, author of Welcome Aboard, told Mail Online: “Crew say veggies hardly ever get upgraded, because there might not be a suitable meal for them up front.”

He also explained how being part of the frequent-flyer scheme and not having any food allergies can help passengers get bumped up for free.

Former Qantas flight attendant Nik Loukas agreed on avoiding a special meal for a free upgrade during a flight.

He told Business Insider: “Because you’ve got a dietary requirement, they might not be able to cater for you if they upgrade you.”

An upgrade is out of the question if a special meal is required.
An upgrade is out of the question if a special meal is required.

The former cabin crew member now runs plane food blog InflightFeed where he reviews the latest airline food.

Nik has racked up over 25,000 followers on Instagram showcasing the best, and the worst, in-flight meals.

However, a Qantas spokesperson said it was “untrue” that a special meal would stop an upgrade.

They told Business Insider the “special meal request” would be provided for them if they were bumped to first class.

Nik also previously revealed why ice cream is the best food to eat on a plane.

He said: “It tastes the same in the air as it does on the ground.”

Sun Online Travel recently revealed some of the worst in-flight meals, with phallic looking meat and beige food.

But perhaps even more disappointingly is an Emirates passenger who was left hungry after their Cajun chicken sandwich contained a measly piece of meat.

Inside the roll was a slice of yellow cheese and a small piece of grey chicken.

Sun Online Travel has contacted Qantas for comment.


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