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Being a super-frequent flier like George Clooney's character in "Up in the Air" isn't the only way to land a discounted business-class seat.
Look for last-minute bargains.
Airlines offer day-of-travel upgrades on many flights; look for them when you check in online or at an airport kiosk.
Cost: From $50 to several hundred dollars -- significantly less than regular freight for those seats.
Shop eBay and Craigslist.
Many frequent fliers sell off airline upgrade vouchers and certificates there.
Cost: A few hundred bucks each.
Ask the airline's airport club manager,
who has lots of pull in granting upgrades.
Cost: About $50 for a day pass to the club.
Search for a business-class-like seat.
Some coach seats have almost as much legroom as business-class ones. Go to seatguru.com to find them, then try to switch to a better one 24 hours in advance (when prime seats held by fliers who get upgraded are usually released).
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