Holy Shit! I Was Upgraded to First Class on an International Flight!

I don’t have any words. I literally have none of the words. I am speechless.

Want to know what it feels like to get to the gate at the airport when it’s time to board your flight and find out that your ticket (it was business class, let’s just be real for a second it’s not like they upgraded some economy ticket) has been upgraded to first class. Talk about the world’s BEST last-minute surprise.

Mandatory Insta story selfie

I was in total shock.


To be honest, at first when they were doing something to my ticket at the gate I thought that there was something wrong. All I could think was “Oh crap, did I spell my name wrong?” and “Am I about to not be let onto this flight?” It didn’t for even a second cross my mind that the best things that’s ever happened to me at an airport was about to happen.

I can’t believe how lucky I am… and trust me, I am acutely aware of the fact that my having flown first class was entirely due to luck.

The first time I ever flew business class it was a mixture of hard work and a little bit of risk (I used to be OBSESSED with travel hacking using credit card sign-up bonuses, which I was able to meet through a little bit of cunning and a whole heap ton of internet research). I flew business class from LA to Geneva on points, and it cost me only $150 out of pocket for taxes. That was all on me. I earned it, I deserved it, and most of all, I knew it was going to happen.

This, was a whole other ball game. I didn’t earn it. I arguably didn’t deserve it. And up until the moment I boarded the flight, I did not expect that anything like this would happen.

Literally the best thing that has ever happened to me at an airport!

But dear God I hope it happens again. I hope it happens again and again and again. Seriously, if the Universe is listening right now, feel free to throw some upgrades my way anytime you like… I would abso-frickin-lutely love that.

Alright but now you’re probably thinking “I get it Katie, it was cool being upgraded… now tell me what it’s like!”

Well… it’s exactly what you think it would be like… slightly better than some of the nicer business class products in all the right ways.

I felt like a little kid as I took my seat. I started pressing every button and every little thing amazed me. Which is probably the reason the flight attendants asked my age and needed to see my driver’s license before they would pour me a glass of champagne (and yes, it was Dom Perignon… because first class).

I’m not even kidding. And keep in mind that outside the U.S. the legal drinking age is 18. So I was acting like such a child that the flight attendants didn’t even believe me to be 18…. And ya know what? I’m not ashamed in the least. That seat was amazing, and I would have been such a fake if I didn’t look and act as amazed as I felt.

Not to mention it was funny to see the flight attendants’ ever so subtle reactions to the fact that not only was I over 18, but that I’m actually 24.

Don’t get me wrong, the flight attendants were incredibly sweet to me. They didn’t treat me any differently – that I could see – than any other first-class passenger. I just loved how surprised they were by the fact that I wasn’t a teenager, because apparently I don’t act my age.

But can you blame me? There are buttons for literally EVERYTHING when you fly first class (and of course they’re all within arm’s reach of your seat). There’s buttons to adjust the recline of your seat. Buttons to dim the lights. Buttons to close and open the doors to your “suite.” Hell, there’s even a button to open a compartment next to your seat to get a cold beverage.

I was so obsessed with the fact that I had an actual DOOR to my seat… I literally kept opening it and closing it just because I could!

What was I supposed to do? Not press all of them a million times? Now that’s just crazy.


Nope, instead I proceeded to act like the child I really am and make sure that I had thoroughly inspected every inch of my suite to make sure I knew exactly what everything did and where everything was.

IMG_0012 2.JPG
Salad course

I ordered food even though I wasn’t hungry just to see what it was like (it wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be, but it was FAAARRRR more edible than anything I’ve ever eaten in coach).

The main course

I ordered more alcohol than I usually would have just because they were brands I would probably never be able to justify wasting my money on in any other situation.

And of course… dessert with some more Dom

I had the flight attendants transition my seat into a “bed” just to see how comfy it would be.

I totally mistook the “comforter” for a blanket because the bag it was in said duvet. Haha I’m pretty sure the flight attendant thought I was an idiot when I asked if he could help me get the “blanket” out.

I used all the toiletries, creams, and perfumes in sight just because they were there.


And I stayed up and watched a movie even though I was absolutely exhausted (the flight left at 11pm) just because I didn’t want to waste one second of this opportunity.

Watching Atomic Blonde on the short flight from Singapore to Colombo.

I don’t know if you can tell, but being upgraded to first class on Emirates was possibly one of the coolest things that happened to me in 2017.

IMG_0005 2.JPG
What bed time looks like in first class.

Here’s hoping that wasn’t the last time it ever happens.










Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s