Flying can be an exciting and enjoyable experience,
especially if you are heading out on a family vacation.
Here are some airline travel tips to make your trip as
smooth as possible.
Getting a good seat is important, especially if you are
going to be traveling on a long flight. When booking your
ticket, you can often get a copy of the seating plan for
your particular aircraft. Take a look at it before deciding
on your seats. You'll need to make your decision on whether
you'd like an aisle seat, a window seat, or perhaps you'd
like to sit on the exit row which has more leg room but may
have non-reclining seats on some planes. Keep in mind that
children will not be allowed to sit on the exit rows, so
don't select these seats if you have young children flying
with you. If you don't get lucky on the seating when you
book your flight, you can ask for better seats when you
check in. This doesn't always work but it's worth a try. As
a last resort, if the flight is not full, the flight
attendants will often allow you to switch seats if you ask
them once you board the flight.
How can you avoid flight delays? Well, most of the time
there is nothing much you can do about this as you are at
the whim of the weather, traffic, and other uncontrollable
reasons for delay. However, booking a non-stop flight can
lessen the likelihood that you will be delayed since there
will be no airports to stop at in between which is the
usual cause of going off schedule.
Watch for thieves in the airports. Happy-go-lucky
vacation-going people are easy prey for thieves in the
airport because they often, in the excitement of a trip.
don't pay attention as well as they should. Keep a careful
eye on your purse or carry-on.
Check to see how early you need to arrive and make sure
you allow time for traffic in order to get there on time.
Due to all the security, lines can be very long so better
to arrive early and have extra time than be rushing to the
Make sure you have all the paperwork you will need such
as boarding ticket, passport if you need one, birth
certificate if that may be needed, and photo ID.
Get a list of what can and cannot be brought on board in
your carry-ons. These rules change periodically so get an
up-to-date list from your airline.
Since airlines routinely overbook, assuming some people
will not show up, you will want to reduce the possibility
of getting bumped by either checking in online before you
leave home, or arriving early to check in. This ensures the
best chance of keeping your seat. The good news is if do
happen to be bumped off your flight, the airline is
required to pay you compensation. This could be tickets,
seat upgrades, or frequent flyer miles, and other
family vacations and tips.