For most frequent-fliers, getting on an aero plane to go somewhere becomes a barely tolerable routine. However, everyone may miss out or neglect to remember the following tips that could save you either hours in time, or hundreds in cash. Although air travel has become so streamlined that the majority of daily commuters do it without a second thought and simply bear with inconvenience, here are some ways to make your journey better, or at least assure yourself of no hiccups all through to your destination.
Tips on Booking Your Flight
Although most people are able to find flights for prices that suit them quickly enough, the longer you search for or wait to purchase your ticket, the better the deal usually is. However, don’t wait too long in the hopes of getting prices that are too good to be true. Also, be aware of exactly what you are booking, before you make your purchase. You may have to choose between direct and nonstop flights, connections and multiple origination. Once you have made your booking, select your seat before you head to the airport, especially if you require a special seat.
Tips on Packing
When choosing suitcases for your trip, keep all parts of your journey in mind. If you feel you might have difficulty identifying your bag when retrieving luggage, choose one in an unusual color or one with a unique ‘decoupling’. Alternatively, use ribbons or stickers, well secured, for identity. When packing, keep security checks in mind, to ensure you get through to boarding as quickly as possible. Pack electronics or concealing containers on one side or layer of the suitcase so that security personnel are able to identify your items quicker. If you are carrying conspicuous (but legal, of course) items in your luggage, don’t forget that you are, and be ready to call them out.
Tips on International Flights
Many countries have unique and strict requirements of international visitors. Check that your passport is in order (details such as sufficient blank pages count in some countries). Ensure that you are familiar with the country’s regulations, airport procedures and import laws and taxes. Know the names and airport codes of airports you’ll be traveling into, so that you can deal with any baggage mix-ups. Also have your hotel reservations, and any required medical information on hand. Be prepared for your flight, and consider potential delays across all portions of your journey. Many international flights are extremely long, and therefore boring, so ensure you have adequate entertainment options like noise-cancelling headphones and a movie or two. If you plan to spend time in the duty-free stores at many airports, be a cautious shopper, and always check to see you are actually buying into good deals.
Tips For In-Flight
On the day of your flight, be considerate of other passengers and arrive on time for your flight. If you are not, you’ll most likely keep the plane waiting. When you are just about to board, ensure you have everything you need, within easy access, in your hand luggage. Try to be considerate of other passengers, and don’t take up more space than you need around you. Many flights are designed to provide entertainment and food and beverages for a reasonable fee, but always make sure you know what is included in the price of your ticket, and what you’ll have to pay for separately. In time, you’ll come to enjoy every flight you make.
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