When you are traveling on your flight, you want to be the most
comfortable you can be. If you set yourself up right from the start, you
can increase your chances of having a nice relaxing flight. During your
travels, the destination should not be the only thing that you enjoy. The
journey to and from the destination should be just as much fun.
Here are 8 simple tips for you to have an enjoyable flight.
1. Bring ear phones from home to watch a Movie or TV on the plane. If
not, they will cost you anywhere from $2-$5 to purchase on the flight...
and they're usually not the greatest quality.
2. Chew gum or eat chewy candies on the descent of your flight (usually
30-40 minutes before touch down) to relieve air pressure that WILL affect
your ears on the way down. Chew every time and the chances of having
plugged or uncomfortable ears after the flight will be minimal.
3. Bring a magazine, toys for the kids, solitaire game, lap top,
something to pass the time as you sit in your seat. Depending on how long
the flight is, the more distractions to keep your mind busy the better.
Especially for the kids.
4. Expecting to get some solid quality sleep on the flight? Think it's a
great idea to save a little money by taking a red eye flight cause you'll
just be sleeping anyways? Think again. If you can't imagine getting even
a 10 minute nap sitting up on your couch at home, this will be "no
different". Yes, the seats recline, but only a couple inches. Getting a
good night sleep in your bed and then flying is the very BEST option.
5. Check-in online ASAP to get your seat selection. If not, there is a
chance you could get bumped if the airline oversells it's seats and
nobody volunteers to take the next flight. Oh, and this happens OFTEN. We
saw it happen twice this past week alone.
What we normally do, is find out the earliest check-in time, set our time
schedule/alarm and as soon as the clock turns (usually 24 hours in
advance) we check in and immediately grab our seats.
Don't be that last person who shows up 45 minutes before your flight, not
checked in... if they're oversold and there are no volunteers, you're the
easy choice to "Bump".
6. Print off your boarding pass prior to going to the airport to avoid
line ups at check-in. This will save you A LOT of time as you will only
need to get in the much shorter bag drop line. You'll find yourself at
the gate before everyone else and more relaxed just from pressing the
"print document" button on your computer at home. Easy pezzy!
7. Best practice is to book direct flights whenever possible as there is
a higher possibility of missing flight connections and being stuck
somewhere that is not your final destination. There is nothing worse then
the worry of making it to the gate on time.
8. Be flexible. Flight times can change frequently due to weather, crew
changes, and many other reasons. If a family member or friend is picking
you up, give them your flight number ahead of time to check on the status
of your flight so they know when to pick you up. And when it comes to
taking a cruise or booking a theatrical show, the rule of thumb is to
arrive a day early for any booked events. This is important as being
significantly delayed by your flight could put a damper on your planned
Happy Airline Travel.
We Appreciate YOU!
Nancy & Shawn