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How do you get cheap first-class flights?

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One way to find cheap first-class flights is to sign up for various airline newsletters via email. These newsletters provide subscribers with coupons, discounts, and notifications regarding special events or travel dates. Another option is flying the same airline repeatedly to earn frequent-flier miles that apply to future first-class travel.

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How do you get cheap first-class flights?
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Many airlines provide their loyal customers with rewards that the passengers can use toward amenities or travel. Most domestic first-class seats require between 40,000 and 60,000 miles, while an upgrade from an existing reservation is around 15,000 miles. Those numbers are subject to change when the flight is international. Some credit cards offer promotions for airline travel, such as discounted tickets, automatic upgrades or extra miles with each purchase made using the card. These are usually elite level cards that require specific qualifications.

Some low-cost airlines have both inexpensive coach tickets and discounted first-class tickets. Some airlines allow a customer to purchase a ticket that has the potential for an upgrade if there is an available seat. These tickets, often called K-UP or Y-UP tickets, cost the same as an economy ticket. Customers have to read the fine print, however, as some of these fares only offer upgrades to elite fliers.

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