Requesting special meals could hinder your chances of an upgrade
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 ...
Ordering a special meal may affect your chances of being offered an upgrade.