The anticipation of a vacation is part of its charm, and
most people have experienced the excitement of heading to
the airport at the start of your trip. Keep these airline
travel tips in mind on your next trip and all will go
Arrive early. I can't stress this enough, as it is
amazing how many people miss their flights on a daily
basis. My guess is most people are a little too optimistic
about how long it will take them to check in, go through
security, find their gate, etc. I prefer to arrive very
early and have time to savor the beginning of my vacation
and also do a little browsing and shopping in the airport
Don't forget your paperwork! This includes your
passport, tickets, and some type of government-issued photo
ID. Don't leave home without these items.
It's always a possibility that you may get bumped from
your flight. If you don't mind, this could actually be to
your advantage because if you are ousted from your seat the
airline is required to pay you a compensation be it in the
form of free tickets, frequent flyer miles, a bonus of some
sort, cash, or seating upgrades. So it's not always a bad
thing and could quite possibly be very good! However, if
you absolutely cannot delay and you really want to make
sure this doesn't happen to you, the best thing to do is to
check in from the comfort of your computer at home. This
pretty much assures you are going to keep your seat. At the
very least, check in as soon as you arrive (and of course,
you have arrived early!).
If you can't make your flight, call your travel agent or
the airline as early as possible to let them know.
Unfortunately, there will almost always be a fee to pay.
When you first book your ticket, if you think there is the
slightest chance you may not be able to make it, don't opt
for the special saver deals because they often have the
highest fees if you need to change anything later.
Lost your ticket? No problem. On my last trip my son
lost his ticket in between walking from the baggage
check-in over to the gate. We simply walked up to the
counter and asked them to reprint the ticket, which they
did without a hassle.
The days of good meals on the plane are pretty much gone
if they ever existed at all. Airlines have cut food service
in order to cut costs due to rising fuel prices, and you
are therefore going to have less choices. On a shorter
flight, you will be lucky to get a pack of peanuts or
pretzels and a beverage service. On longer flights you may
be able to get a meal but you normally have to pay extra.
It's a good idea to pack along a few snacks to tide you
airline travel tips to make your next flight go as
smooth as possible.