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Flight upgrades much harder to secure, even for elite travellers

Airlines now saving perks for only the very best: analyst
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 00:00
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Changing status: Perks like complimentary upgrades to the front of the plane are no longer handed out like steaming washcloths in first class. - PHOTO: REUTERS

[NEW YORK] Paul Dougherty flies more than 100,000 miles each year on United Airlines, which places him in one of the top tiers of the airline's frequent-flyer programme. This entitles Mr Dougherty to early boarding, free checked baggage and spiffy luggage tags. What his special status as a