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Want a free upgrade? Memorise this face: Frequent first-class flyer says if anyone spots him at an airport this year, he'll GIVE them his ticket

  • Gilbert Ott, 30, takes around 100 flights a year, either in first or business class
  • Upcoming destinations include the US, Europe, Cape Town, Doha and Singapore
  • He is launching the 'catch me if you can' stunt to promote his new travel website

A prominent travel blogger has promised that if anyone spots him at an airport, he will trade his upper class ticket with their economy one.

Gilbert Ott, the 30-year-old New York-based founder of God Save The Points, says he will give up his luxurious seat – it will either be in business or first class – and slum it in the back at any point over the next year. All you have to do is find him and ask.

He's even issuing clues on social media in the days before each trip – Mr Ott takes, on average, 100 flights a year – with upcoming journeys to and from the US, Europe, Asia and beyond.

Memorise this face: Gilbert Ott, 30, says he will give up his luxurious seat - it will either be in business or first class - and slum it in the back at any point over the next year if you spot him

Memorise this face: Gilbert Ott, 30, says he will give up his luxurious seat – it will either be in business or first class – and slum it in the back at any point over the next year if you spot him

So why on earth is he doing it?

To create awareness around his blog, Mr Ott tells MailOnline Travel, in a stunt which he feels channels his ultimate hero, Virgin founder Richard Branson.

'You may need a little bit of luck, but if you find me in an airport: check in counter, security lane, terminal, lounge or even boarding gate, I ll switch seats with you, provided we re on the same flight,' he promises.

The offer is open from now until the end of the year, and he's got at least 30 flights booked already, he reveals.

Long-haul destinations include flights from the US and Europe to Cape Town, Doha, Singapore and Dehli.

And upcoming airlines he is travelling with include American, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Delta, Alaska, Qatar, Swiss, Lufthansa, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Etihad.

Track him down: Upcoming long-haul destinations, revealed on Mr Ott's map (pictured), include flights from the US and Europe to Cape Town, Doha, Singapore and Dehli

Track him down: Upcoming long-haul destinations, revealed on Mr Ott's map (pictured), include flights from the US and Europe to Cape Town, Doha, Singapore and Dehli

It could be you: He's even issuing clues on social media in the days before each trip so hopefuls can monitor his movements - Mr Ott takes, on average, 100 flights a year

It could be you: He's even issuing clues on social media in the days before each trip so hopefuls can monitor his movements – Mr Ott takes, on average, 100 flights a year

He's doing it to create awareness around his blog, Mr Ott (pictured) tells MailOnline Travel, in a stunt which he feels channels his ultimate hero, Virgin founder Richard Branson

He's doing it to create awareness around his blog, Mr Ott (pictured) tells MailOnline Travel, in a stunt which he feels channels his ultimate hero, Virgin founder Richard Branson

The offer is open from now until the end of the year, and he's got at least 30 flights booked already

The offer is open from now until the end of the year, and he's got at least 30 flights booked already

Mr Ott regularly posts fare hacks – perhaps his most famous being the free ride he wangled on a $23million private jet using a nifty voucher trick.

He also spotted a loophole this year which made it possible to score business class seats to several destinations for less than the price of an economy ticket.

'For now, the reason I'm doing this stunt is very simple,' he says. 'I want to deliver the best travel deals and information to as many people as possible.

'I m really proud of our new site and if the chance to make me sit in coach while simultaneously making someone else's day brings me a single new reader, I m psyched about that.

'For now it s worth it. We ll see just how bad it gets.'

You can follow Mr Ott on Twitter and Instagram to monitor his movements.

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