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31 July 2012 12:07
The majority of British holidaymakers don't ask for a flight seat or hotel room upgrade
Timid tourists are missing out on flight and hotel room upgrades because they're too shy to ask, according to a survey.
More than three-quarters (77%) of the British holidaymakers going abroad who were polled said they hadn't asked for an upgrade, with 61% admitting they were too scared and 27% believing it "wouldn't work".
But of the 23% who did request an upgrade almost half of them (49%) got what they wanted. Whether receiving an upgrade or not, holidaymakers travelling in any class will feel more comfortable with a comprehensive
travel insurance policy.
And the survey by travel agent sunshine.co.uk revealed 11% of those who'd asked for upgrades had lied or complained to back their case, with 24% attempting to give staff money to try and seal the deal.
Chris Clarkson, sunshine.co.uk co-founder, said holidaymakers had nothing to lose by asking for an upgrade, adding: "The worst they can say is no, after all. If hotels have premium rooms empty, many would often be more than happy to move you to a better room for no extra cost. Getting better seats on a flight is much tougher. But as they say - if you don't ask, you don't get."
01 December 2016
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02 December 2016
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30 November 2016
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29 November 2016
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26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
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19 November 2016
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18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.