Re­quest­ing spe­cial meals could hin­der your chances of an up­grade

Western Times - - LIFE OUT AND ABOUT - — news.com.au

AS IF be­ing ve­gan in a meat-eat­ing world wasn’t al­ready chal­leng­ing enough, now es­chew­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts could cost you an up­grade on a flight.

In fact, any sort of spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ment, whether it be ve­gan, veg­e­tar­ian, gluten-free, seafood or kosher, might kill your chances of be­ing moved to busi­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to in-flight meal ex­pert Nik Loukas, re­quest­ing a spe­cial meal on your flight might hin­der your chances of be­ing up­graded to a bet­ter seat.

“If there’s a spe­cial meal re­quest in your book­ing, the air­line won’t even look at you (for an up­grade),” Mr Loukas told Busi­ness In­sider UK.

But why on earth would it mat­ter whether you’re in econ­omy or busi­ness class? Surely they’d be able to cater for you on ei­ther?

The rea­son is the meals of­fered in each class are of a dif­fer­ent stan­dard, so while they might be able to ac­com­mo­date you in econ­omy, the air­line may not nec­es­sar­ily have the lux­ury ver­sion of that meal on hand for a last-minute up­grade.

“Be­cause you’ve got a di­etary re­quire­ment, and they might not be able to cater for you if they up­grade you,” he ex­plained to Busi­ness In­sider UK.

But Mr Loukas said th­ese spe­cial meals nor­mally had “a lit­tle more love and care” paid to them than the masspro­duced stan­dard meals.

So at the very least you can fly know­ing you have the best meal in cat­tle class.

IF THERE’S A SPE­CIAL MEAL RE­QUEST IN YOUR BOOK­ING, THE AIR­LINE WON’T EVEN LOOK AT YOU ...

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Or­der­ing a spe­cial meal may af­fect your chances of be­ing of­fered an up­grade.

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