Even the most frequent traveler looks for ways to make the experience easier. When it comes to flying, there are things that every person can do to make the entire process simple, getting them from one location to the next with much less hassle and a lot less stress.
Choose One-Way Flights
At first, it might not seem to make sense. Why book a one-way flight when airlines let you book round-trip excursions? In some cases, the two one-way flights are actually less expensive than the round trip. You may also be able to take advantage of more options when it comes to choosing a time to travel.
Pack a Pliable Carry-On
While there are plenty of hard carry-on suitcases that suggest they fit perfectly into the overhead container, they are often the first to be targeted when other passengers’ items won’t fit. Instead, bring a soft bag to pack up your carry on items, giving it a more pliable appearance and making you less likely to have to check your bag.
Clear the Cookies Before Searching
It can be tempting to keep refreshing a page over and over again to try to get the best deal, but you actually could be ensuring that the price continues to go up. Before searching again, be sure to clear your cookies; by making it appear to be your first time visiting the site, you might fly away with a better deal.
Create a Special Bag Reserved for Flying
Don’t run around the house trying to find those smaller containers to fill with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash before getting on the plane. Instead, create one bag that will always be available for travel. This way, you can grab the bag and go without a lot of hassle. If you want to make things even easier, look for samples that you can add to the bag. This might also be a great place to pack an extra charger cord for your phone.
Download the App for the Airline
If you want a convenient way to stay in communication with the airline, consider downloading their mobile app. You can use it to keep an eye on the flight and be notified of any changes right away. You can also check in early for the flight. These apps can take a lot of the hassle out of keeping an eye on your flight information.
Look for a Boeing 767
Most of the time, you probably aren’t thinking about what type of plane you are going to take to your chosen destination. However, if you can, you might want to see which flights are available on a Boeing 767. These planes are have fewer middle seats, making it possible to avoid being sandwiched between two other travelers for the duration of your flight.
Look for Non-US Airlines
Much like looking for a one-way flight, it seems counterproductive to look for a flight outside of the US airlines. However, you might be surprised to learn that foreign airlines often have a lot more to offer as far as amenities go. If you are looking for more luxurious travel, this could be the way to go. Even economy seats tend to get more than the traditional US airlines.
Request a Special Meal
Waiting for a meal can be a pain, especially when passengers are looking to get some shut-eye along the way. Travelers who want their meals faster can order a special meal. Most of the time, the options include kosher meals or vegetarian meals. By putting in the request in advance, you can eat before others on the plane and get some extra sleep.
Request an Upgrade
Sometimes it is as simple as asking for something better. When the time comes to book a ticket, consider asking for an upgrade if available. The ticket is then marked with either the letter Y or the letter B. This often means that if there are available seats that are considered an upgrade, you get access to them.
Roll Up Your Clothes
If your goal is to avoid fighting with the suitcase to get everything inside, it might be a good idea to roll up clothes instead of folding them. Folding tends to leave creases on clothing. Rolling can conserve space and ensure that more things fit inside the suitcase. Everything from unmentionables to dress shirts can be rolled and stacked up, creating plenty of room.
Sign Up for TSA PreCheck
Most travelers dread going through the same security checks at every single airport. With the help of TSA PreCheck, flyers have the opportunity to skip over some of the steps in order to get to the gate faster without needing to remove their shoes. This makes the entire process easier. There is a fee for this service, and it is only available from selected airlines in certain airports.
Sign Up for the Right Travel Credit Card
With a credit card, a traveler can earn points that can often be transformed into miles for airlines or other discounts. If you already have a card, make sure it is the right one. Certain cards offer more benefits than others and tend to be a little easier to work with when it comes to choosing travel dates and accumulating points.
Stick Things in Your Shoes
If your clothes are already rolled, why not take extra advantage of the space inside your shoes? Consider putting rolled-up socks inside to add to the amount of storage in the suitcase and help maintain the shape of the shoes during transport. Little things like this can take the hassle out of packing and make preparation a little easier.
Travel Wi-Fi Provider
Purchasing Wi-Fi on the plane can be costly. Instead, consider looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot provider that gives you access to the Internet for much less than the airlines are asking. There are different prices associated with different services and different types of access, so be sure to shop around to get the best deal.
Volunteer to be Bumped
Getting bumped from a flight sounds like a hassle, but sometimes, being bumped can turn out well. Passengers who volunteer to stay behind for the next flight often walk away with lots of benefits including cash, vouchers, free meals, and more. In some cases, the next flight is only a short time away, and being an hour or two hours late to the next destination might not make that much of a difference.