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How I got upgraded to Business Class with Emirates

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It’s time to share how I got upgraded to Business Class with Emirates on my flight from Oslo to Dubai! As you know from reading my Emirates Business Class Review, I have already promised that I would share this. Let me say to begin with that some of you may be disappointed by reading this, so I ask you to just keep an open mind. I say this because I wasn’t upgraded because I had a certain amount of points or Airline Miles, or because I reached out asking for a sponsored flight, or any other ‘reasonable’ reason you can think of.

Flying business class had been a dream of mine for so long, especially when reading blog posts such as this Thai Airways Business Class review. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I was upgraded with Emirates!

You can read my complete Emirates Business Class Review here!

Want a simple (and cheaper) way to get upgraded? Read my guide to bidding for an upgrade here!

The backstory

In January I started teaching myself more and more about the Law of Attraction. If you remember the book and movie ‘The Secret’, you may know a thing or two about the Law of Attraction already. Basically, the Law states that what you focus on is what you will receive more on (hence the name). As I learned more about it, I started testing out how (and if) it worked, and eventually had a few experiences indicating that the Law of Attraction is as real as the Law of Gravity.

If this is getting a bit ‘woo woo’-ey for you, just bear with me. I first heard of the LoA 10 years ago but threw it aside as it didn’t quite resonate with me. In January, I guess I was ‘ready’ for it.

I won’t go into too much detail about what the Law is and how you can use it, as I’m still learning myself. But some resources that I have found super helpful is Manifestation Babe, Maggie from the Luxe Elixir, and the Lively Show Podcast!

In short, you can use the Law of Attraction to attract (‘manifest’) specific happenings and actions in your life. In order to do this you need to be very clear on what you want, and really act as if and feel the feelings you will feel when you get it.

Now to the good stuff!

Curious about Business Class? Here’s my Scandinavian Airlines Business Class review!

How I got upgraded to Business Class – Manifestation

So back in January, I learned a lot about the Law of Attraction and how it works. I then decided to test this to see if I could get an upgrade on my flight to Bali. I decided to do this about 2 weeks prior to my flight and told a couple of friends who also know about the Law of Attraction.

I started acting as if I knew I already had the upgrade, and even wrote down in my gratitude journal (if you don’t have one yet, start!) that “I am grateful for my upgrade to Business class on my flight to Bali”. I’m not even joking. The first day I did this was January 30th (10 days before the flight), and then I also wrote it down a couple more times before the flight.

When I went to bed at night I would think about what it would feel like when I was sitting on that flight drinking champagne from an actual glass, how relaxed I would be as I reclined my seat all the way to a flat position, and how grateful I would feel for having manifested the upgrade.

I imagined myself calling my friend to tell her about the upgrade, and how excited we would both be (since she knew about the Law of Attraction, and was in the process of learning about it herself). In addition to imagining this, I truly felt the excitement.

Another thing I did, which really felt like taking it to a new level, was that I would go on the Emirates website and find out what was on the Business Class menu for the flight. I would then imagine myself ordering off that menu, and started looking forward to all that amazing food.

Every time I had a doubt in my mind (along the lines of ‘don’t get your hopes up, you’ll be so disappointed if you don’t get upgraded‘), I waved it off and ignored it. I WAS getting that upgrade, I just knew it.

When I was in line to check in at the airport, I noticed a couple standing in the ‘Business class’ check in line. I then spent the entire wait time picturing myself sitting across the aisle from them in Business Class.

Now, I’m can imagine you want to know what specifically happened during check-in to get me the upgrade (especially if you’re still a little sceptical).

How I got upgraded to Business Class – At the airport

I’m sure you’re still thinking that something special happened at the airport to explain why I got the upgrade, and maybe you’ll find it. But I’m adamant that my Law of Attraction work is what did it. This was the final proof I needed to know that it is real.

Anyway, to the airport.

When I arrived at the airport, they took a little time at the check-in desk as they needed to double check the visa regulations for Indonesia. The staff then asked if I was travelling alone and if I’d like to sit by the emergency exit. I gladly accepted this, and genuinely believed that this was the upgrade I would get.

I called my friend (who I’d told about the manifestation process) and said that I was sure this was the ‘best’ the Universe could do for me and that I was really happy to have manifested an upgrade, even if it wasn’t a Business Class upgrade. My friend completely agreed with this, and we focused on the positive. I tried my utmost to not feel disappointed at all.

When it was time to check in at the gate, the crew had set it up so that you had to get your boarding pass checked before you could enter the gate area (as they do sometimes). The people in front of me in the queue took quite some time, and I think the crew member at the gate was quite flustered when it was finally my time to show my boarding pass.

I smiled friendly and asked her if it was a full flight (they told me this when I checked in, and I figured it was nice small talk to make while she was scanning my boarding pass). She replied with a rather tired “yes, and it is delayed too.”

I smiled encouragingly (I hope) and said that it could’ve been worse, as it was only a 45-minute delay. She then proceeded to pass me my boarding pass back and said that “You’ve been upgraded to Business Class“.

I nearly passed out there and then. I think (I don’t remember) I stuttered a thank you, before proceeding to the separate area by the gate that was reserved for business class travellers. There I immediately called my friend, just as I had imagined, and told her I got the upgrade!

While calling her, I couldn’t stop shaking, and I was struggling keeping my focus. I could hardly believe it, and knew in my heart (and so did she) that the Law of Attraction did this. I spent a good 10 minutes shaking, feeling as if I’d seen a ghost. I almost didn’t want to believe that I had done this with my mind.

I’m sure you can call this a coincidence, and you have every right to believe so. But for the past 15 years I have travelled a lot more than the average person and never once gotten a Business Class upgrade. So there’s that.

And can you guess who I sat across the aisle from in Business Class? The couple from the check-in queue! 

So there you have it, the (rather unbelievable) story of how I managed to get upgraded to Business Class with Emirates.

Since then I have travelled in business class on several airlines, and have even compared Emirates to Qatar here!

I’d love to know what you think! Have you heard of or used the Law of Attraction before? Do you think this is possible?

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