Traveling over the past years, I have gathered a couple of tips and tricks that would help you have a nice air travel experience.
So, if you’re ready, let’s get into it:
1. Always Check In Online
Well, there are two reasons why you should do this:
- First things first, if you’re on a long haul flight, you need to know that old long haul flights do not have plugs. So, you need to check online to know which seats have plugs in them. So, if plugs are important to you, you can choose the seat that has a plug. The rule of thumb is to pick a seat at the very front of the plane. These seats have a higher chance of having a plug. Also, choosing a seat at the front of the plane means you get off the plane first, which can save you at least 5 to 10 minutes as supposed to if you were in the back of the plane.
- Airline companies overbook seats. This means that even though you’ve paid, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you getting a seat on the plane. So, when you check online, you kinda get the first dibs at seats.
2. You Can Also Pack Snacks
However, if you’re packing things like nuts and fruits, make sure you eat it before going through customs and board your plane in whatever foreign country you find yourself. This is because some countries have restrictions on certain foods coming in.
3. Do Not Buy a Black Bag
I am serious, do not buy a black bag. You can get your luggage lost anytime, and when you do, the first thing they ask you is to identify what your bag looks like. And if you tell them it’s a black bag, well then good luck then. This is because they’ll have to identify your bag among a big pile of bags and if your bag is black, then it is going to be way harder for them to find it.
Also, make you take a snap of the photo of your luggage before you board, this helps a lot with identifying what your bag looks like.
4. Bring an Empty Water Bottle
You can take an empty water bottle through security and when you’re past security, you can fill it up at any of the free water fountains available, and with this, you can save yourself from buying overpriced water.
5. Don’t Yell When Your Flight Gets Cancelled
When your flight gets canceled or when something goes wrong, the number one tip I can give you is: do not get mad, get sad. If you well at an airport staff, that’s not going to make them want to help you. I completely understand how frustrating it is to get your flight canceled, I mean I’ve been there. But yelling isn’t going to get you on the flight, however, if you make them sympathize with you, they could probably help you. If you can cry to let them sympathize with you do it, this can lead to you getting a free flight rerouted, you can possibly get a preferred hotel of your choice, or even a free meal voucher. So, just be kind and patient and it will pay off.
Also, for more complex issues, it is more about who you talk to at an airport. Front counter check-in staff can only do so much. But there are customer service people, there are office people and a lot of different people that work for an airline that can help you solve your problem. So, knowing the right person to talk to is crucial.
So, this sums it up for the tips and I hope you use them when the need arises to have a sound and safe air travel.