A few years ago I suggested that you dress down when you go to negotiate for a purchase with the thought being if you didn't look like you had a million dollars you would pay less for the item. Then a few years after that I posted that maybe dressing up is a better option (since people tend to judge a book by its cover.) On each of those posts we had commenters suggesting dressing up or down was the better idea, so I'm not the only one who can't make up my mind on this issue. ;-)
What brought the topic back to mind was this piece that says you should dress up when you fly if you want to receive preferred treatment. Their thoughts:
Everything else being equal (same frequent flyer status, etc.) when a flight is oversold in economy and the airline needs to upgrade someone, are they going to choose the passenger in the tank top or the one wearing the nice dress or suit? You know the answer. (Of course, it doesn't hurt to be extra nice to any staff you should encounter.)
The author goes on to cite all sorts of examples that seems to make the above an accurate statement -- that if you dress nicely you'll get better treatment when traveling.
I HATE to dress up when I travel since it's not as comfortable as wearing something casual. That said, because I often am traveling for work, I'm often dressed fairly nicely. I don't really notice a difference in how I'm treated from one outfit to another. However, I do think there is some credence to what the author is saying. If all else is equal (which it hardly ever is), I think BOTH being nice and dressing nicely can help you get preferred treatment when flying. In fact, being nice alone can often get you preferred treatment in many different situations.
What do you think -- is there something to this -- or is the author way off base?