9-year-old's sweet note to airline lands him a business-class upgrade

Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Yahoo Lifestyle

It’s every traveler’s dream: landing that ever-elusive business-class upgrade.

And now one enterprising 9-year-old is living that dream after he decided to take matters into his own hands by writing a very polite letter to the airline Jetstar about his upcoming trip to Bangkok.

“My name is Jasper Francis and I am 9 years old and live an hour outside of Melbourne,” the Australian aviation enthusiast wrote. “I was just wondering whether kids are allowed to fly business class by themself [sic]?”

The boy’s note to Jetstar managed to score him a free upgrade to business class. (Photo: Supplied)
The boy’s note to Jetstar managed to score him a free upgrade to business class. (Photo: Supplied)

The plucky preteen, who has big dreams of becoming a pilot himself one day, revealed he has been saving all his pennies in order to try and experience business class for himself.

Francis’s face said it all when he was told he was going to fly business. (Photo: Channel 9 Melbourne)
Francis’s face said it all when he was told he was going to fly business. (Photo: Channel 9 Melbourne)

“I am saving my pocket money to get an upgrade on our flight: MEL-BKK on your Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” he wrote. “So far I have saved $85, how much more do I need to save?”

Enclosed in an envelope with a drawing of a plane taking off into the clouds, the letter managed to make its way into the hands of Jetstar staffers, who understandably decided they wanted to help.

Jetstar staffers decided to pitch in. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jetstar staffers decided to pitch in. (Photo: Getty Images)

With Francis more than a few dollars shy of the funds needed to pay for the upgrade, 20 staffers pooled their $50 Christmas vouchers to make up the difference.

“This is my dream come true,” Australia news site news.com.au reports him saying.

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