It's not always going to be easy getting the most comfortable seat on the plane.
However there are ways to guarantee a better spot, whether it's schmoozing the cabin crew staff or being a frequent flyer.
But there's another technique you could try.
A traveller shared an "odd" reason for an airline to choose a better seat for you during a journey.
Although the flyer was taken by the surprise, it was not an offer he was ever going to turn down.
Posting on an open forum on Reddit, the holidaymaker shared his experience, explaining how it helps "being very friendly".
He wrote: "My favourite upgrade (not to first-class but the first row after first-class) was because the lady at the check-in counter saw I was tall and said I could use the legroom.
"It probably helps I was being very friendly and she was having a good day but either way it was a small gesture that meant a lot."
Although he did experience a rare moment of good fortune, the passenger did mention that situations like this are still very rare.
He added: "Usually you have to have something that sets you ahead from the rest of the passengers."
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The flyer continued: "Being a frequent flyer or member of the airline's club is one.
"Another is professional, such as working for the company or being military – sometimes bumped up as a 'thank you' type thing."
Passengers could also attempt to secure an upgrade by simply asking the cabin crew staff.
He revealed: "Sometimes it just pays to ask the desk or stewardess. However that is much less likely these days."
Although it is rare, one traveller on the forum suggested: "Bring an unopened bag of something or a box of chocolates for the flight crew.
"Especially [after] long flights… they'll treat you like a king for the whole flight."
While another added: "My mum is a flight attendant. When I fly on standby, which is for free. I always bring chocolates.
"It makes their day and they will always be extra nice to you on the flight."
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