18. July 2018

EXPERT TRAVELLER

TRAVEL | AIRPLANE AIRLINE TIPS | SASS AND CURVE

If you’ve spent more time than the average up in the sky, you most likely have a few tricks up your sleeve to make your journey a little bit more comfortable. Now, most won’t share theirs, but here are my frequent traveller tips.

Recently, I had a, possibly stupid, epiphany. Airplanes are just a really expensive form of public transport. You don’t have the whole plane to yourself unless you’re Beyoncé or North West, and you most definitely aren’t the one driving the plane.

So with so much time to spare, you need to make the journey as painless as possible.

Some of these tips might be quite obvious, but sometimes the stresses of making it to the airport on time will let it slip. So you should probably use this post as your checklist prior to heading on your next vacation.

HOW TO FLY IN STYLE

JOIN A FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM

Regardless of whether you’re a frequent traveller or not, there are benefits to joining a frequent flyer program. It is free to sign up and it will allow you to not only collect enough points to possibly get a free flight, but you can also have a preferred seat – which means potentially NO MORE MIDDLE SEAT!

USE AN AIRLINE SEARCH ENGINE

One of the annoying things about finding a flight is that airline pricing is never set in stone. Therefore, make sure to use a search engine, such as Skyscanner, as it will not only find you the cheapest connections, shortest flight times but also the cheapest price – allowing you to see which online travel agency will give you the best price for your travel.

DON’T FORGET PREMIUM ECONOMY

If you are flying long-haul, a number of major airlines will have a premium economy option. Sometimes, the difference in price between Economy and Premium Economy isn’t that major, but the benefits are more legroom and slightly more comfortable seating.

A SHOT AT BUSINESS

Frequent travellers will know that the best tip you will learn is to never fall for the upgrade offers in your inbox. Now you will need to double-check this as every airline is different, but if you want an upgrade your best bet is to ask at the airport. Usually, the upgrade cost will be cheaper as the airline will have a clearer view of how busy is their business or first class seating plan.

BRING SPARES

With so many planes flying around the globe, there is always a probability that something might not go your way and you miss your flight and have to spend the night at the airport hotel. That’s why you should ALWAYS have at least a spare pair of underwear in your bag. So before you fly, think about your most important can’t-live-without items and leave some room in your carry-on.

ORDER A HOT BEVERAGE

If your airline offers complimentary drinks and you really want to get the most out of your buck, order both a coffee/tea and a regular drink. While everyone else is just sipping on your coke or water, you are making the most of it and filling up your bladder with two drinks for the price of one.

LAPTOP SAVIOUR

With so many budget airlines on the market, you will most likely be able to snag a long-haul flight for a third of the price of a regular commercial airline. Yes, you will have to pay for a meal and no, you probably won’t have an entertainment unit (or if you do, you will need to pay to use it). Therefore, bring your laptop/iPad on the journey and stock up on movies, tv shows and games for both you and the kids. It will make that six hours fly-by.

CONNECT AT THE FRONT

If you have a connecting flight and you don’t have four hours to kill at duty-free, make sure to sit closer to the front of the plane. Once the plane is at its final gate and you are all taking your luggage out of the overhead bins, you are wasting precious time to make it to your next flight. This may mean paying for a seat selection or you can always be a bit nicer to the flight attendant at check-in to seat you nice and close as to be one of the first ones off the plane.


So, were these travel tips helpful to you? What are your tricks of the airline trade? That is if you’re prepared to share them with the rest of us, travellers.


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