4 Travel Hacks That Will Make Your Next Flight Easier

This will help, even at the busiest airports.

Air travel can test the patience of even frequent flyers. Long delays, security lines and packed departure terminals with uncomfortable seats are all niggles that we could do without. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make your flight experience a little easier even at the busiest airports.

1. Keep Your Confirmation Number On Hand.

You will be asked for your confirmation number several times throughout the process of your trip. You will need it when you check in, if your flights need to be rebooked or changed for any reason. It is also required to track lost luggage. If your flights are booked through the company you work for or through a price comparison site then the number they have can sometimes be different to the one the airline supply you with. It’s good practice to keep a record of all your numbers, as this will help you to be processed quicker.

2. Fly With The Same Airline.

Most people will select the cheapest flight on offer regardless of what airline it may be. While this might seem like the best method at the time, if you are a frequent flyer it is often better value in the long run to always fly with the same airline. Airline loyalty can result in an elite status with your carrier and this privilege comes with an array of benefits including free first class upgrades, free checked in bags, shorter lines at security, first shot at open seats on new flights when you flight is canceled or delayed. You will even be entitled to receive a direct number to an agent that will help you get a new flight in the event of a delay.

3. How To Get The Best Seats.

Some seats have more legroom or are away from long rows because they are near the emergency hatch or close to a storage facility on the plane. Booking these kinds of seats will help you enjoy a more comfortable flight without spending more money. Sites like Seat Guru detail each aircraft type and the benefits and disadvantages of each seat. It is worth keeping in mind that people change flights or get upgraded to better seats all the time, so even if the seat you want isn’t available, it might become available later. People begin getting upgraded five days before departure so this is a good time to look, as their original seats will more than likely be up for grabs.

4. Get Some Help From Professionals. 

If you want to avoid queues, transfer and cab delays and get someone who is familiar with the airports layouts and procedures to give you a hand, then why not use an airport concierge service? It is a good way to ensure that you can get to your flight or transfer without worrying about getting lost, language barriers or carrying heavy bags. Some services even help you get into plush airport lounges where you can wait for your airplane in peace. This is a good option for frequent or occasional flyers.

Jerry Alonzo Leon

Contributor

Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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