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How to upgrade from economy to premium economy without breaking the bank


Recently, I wrote about why I don’t think premium economy is worth the price tag . It’s certainly a better product than standard economy, but I think it’s only worth about 50% more money than economy. The problem is, cash fares for premium economy seats usually cost 100% to 200% more than economy.

If you pay three times as much for premium economy and you expect an experience that’s three times as good, you will probably be very disappointed.

That said, there are ways to secure a more comfortable journey without breaking the bank. Here are three cheap upgrade methods.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. Japan Airlines Premium Economy. Photo by JT Genter/The Points Guy What is premium economy?

Premium economy is a cabin that sits between economy and business class (both in price and comfort). It usually comes with the following benefits over regular economy: Priority check-in and boarding

Additional checked baggage allowance A wider seat in a smaller cabin with more legroom and seat recline Slightly elevated meal service Additional points/miles and status credit earning Some airlines also offer a welcome drink of sparkling wine, water or juice […]

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