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Never Fly Coach Again

A new business travel seminar teaches you how to fly first class for an economy fare.

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This story appears in the November 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

We all know the indignities of business travel, maybe no one more than Nicholas Kralev, a former business travel columnist with The Washington Times who has flown nearly 2 million miles. But he figured out a few things while the kid behind him was kicking the seat, and now he's teaching the rest of us things like how to fly first class for an economy fare in his "On the Fly" seminars.

Here's the trick: Get elite status on one of the three global airline alliances by qualifying with the carrier that has the lowest requirement. Take United Airlines, part of the Star Alliance: You need 25,000 miles a year to become elite on United, but only 4,000 on its partner Agean Airways. Status transfers, so you'll get perks like upgrades, waived luggage fees and access to business lounges on United and every other airline in the alliance.

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