Travel Tips from Expert Frequent Flyers
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Whether you travel a lot or a little, you can always benefit from some great travel advice. Here are some priceless flying tips from some experienced road warriors.
That one great travel tip
Experienced flyers offer the following tips to other flyers:
Find an airline you like and works best for your travel needs, then join that airline’s frequent flyer program and try to reach as high a level as possible. Airlines usually notice loyalty and will treat you better because of it.
Plan ahead well. The more you plan, the less you’ll stress. Pack efficiently, but pack everything you’ll need, from contact lens solution to snacks to chargers to books and magazines. The more comfortable you feel, the easier it will be.
Take care of yourself on the road. Work stress, being away from home, high altitude and dry cabins can all compromise your immune system. Stick to a schedule and get enough sleep, eat well, stay hydrated and exercise as much as time allows.
Don’t sweat what you can’t control. No one can control the weather and delayed or cancelled flights. Expect your trip to go well, but roll with it if things happen. Again, being prepared with a backup ride home, or plenty to read in the airport, can help you stay calm during the storm.
More advice to keep in mind
Use websites such as Orbitz.com, Kayak.com, WhichBudget.com, LastMinute.com, FareCompare.com, Priceline.com and Yapta.com to search and compare the best airfares and times.
Try not to fly on peak holiday travel days or at the busiest business commuter times: Monday mornings, Friday evenings and Sundays. Instead, fly on the least crowded days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Book as early as possible in the morning, so if a flight is delayed or cancelled, you’ll have a better chance of getting on another flight.
If you’re traveling out of the country, make sure you understand the country’s passport requirements and have paperwork in order ahead of time.
If possible, pack with a carry-on roller bag only — it will save you the hefty checked-in baggage fee and get you on the plane and out of the airport faster.
If you’re checking luggage, pay your baggage fee ahead of time online, it’s usually a bit cheaper. Also weigh your baggage ahead of time and make sure it is less than 50 pounds to avoid having to pay an additional fee.
Pack a carry-on bag with your favorite snacks, so if you get hungry, you’re not at the mercy of the airline’s snack schedule. Remember, you can’t bring water through the security check, so buy a bottle once you get to your flight’s gate.
Bring wet naps and hand sanitizer, as airplanes and airports are full of germs. If you wear contact lenses, bring a spare pair, along with your glasses. Also pack some books and magazines and a portable music player to help pass the time and drown out noisy passengers.
The night before or the day of the flight, print out your boarding pass. Make sure your seat assignment is indicated on the airline’s check-in page.
Ship materials or gifts to your destination ahead of time to avoid carrying and checking them on the plane. Get a trusted contact name at the hotel to help ensure you can find your package once you arrive.
If you’re planning on flying with presents, leave them unwrapped in your luggage or carry on.
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