We are a nation of devious Mr & Mrs Smiths: Britons feign 11.5million marriages a year to bag an upgrade on holiday

We are a nation of devious Mr & Mrs Smiths: Britons feign 11.5million ‘marriages’ a year to bag an upgrade on holiday

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16:04 GMT, 27 July 2012

The best part of a holiday is obtaining an upgrade, whether it be for a deluxe suite or business class plane seats.

But it seems that many holidaymakers will do a great deal to secure the extra leg room and sea views.

A new study by lastminute.com reveals that a staggering one quarter (23%) of Britons have lied about being engaged or on honeymoon in order to bag an upgrade on holiday.

We are a deceitful nation: Nearly one quarter of us lie about being married to get a holiday upgrade

We are a deceitful nation: Nearly one quarter of us lie about being married to get a holiday upgrade

So popular is the practice that the survey reveals an additional 11.5 million ‘sham’ marriages – a 42% increase on the actual number of bona fide UK nuptials (27.1 million).

Mark Maddock, Managing Director of lastminute.com UK and Ireland said: 'With so many bold Britons negotiating for an upgraded experience at the last minute, there’s a clear demand for luxury without the price tag.

'The good news is, at lastminute.com we offer everyone the honeymoon treatment and have a range of hotel rooms that offer a five star experience with a three-star price tag.'