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What you didn’t know about flying
April 2nd, 2010

As a professional travel planner, one of my key responsibilities is to know the “tricks of the trade” and to pass these tips along to my clients to help make their travels easy and enjoyable. Unfortunately, no aspect has been less easy and enjoyable in the last year or so than air travel. The most common request I get for airfare is, of course, “can you get me a lower price?”. custodia cover iphone 11 12 mini pro max haikyuu bokuto ap0052 But what if you can’t get on the flight because you didn’t meet the secured traveler check-in requirements? Or you’re sitting in a non-reclining seat next to the bathroom on your ten hour flight because you didn’t know which seat to chose? Or your flight gets cancelled (can you say volcanic ash) and you don’t know what to do? When this happens, does it really matter that you got your flight $20 cheaper through an online travel site? These are the things a travel planner would have told you about. Every traveler has a different level of experience, so some of these might seem basic, but they are all based on experiences I’ve had with clients. 1. coque huawei Choosing your seat: One of the most common requests I get from clients is a seats in the exit row or bulkhead, because these have more leg room. Unfortunately, these seats generally cannot be booked ahead of time unless you are in a wheelchair or have small children. fjallraven kanken classic backpack deep red Here are some options for getting the best seat possible:

  • Most flights have premium seating. When you check in online, you can pay approximately $30 each way to upgrade to this premium seating. It might sound expensive, but isn’t it worth $30 to sit in on the aisle with an empty seat next to you rather than in the middle of the middle row on a long haul flight?
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2. While it doesn’t come as an outright request, generally speaking, travelers would like to actually be allowed on the flight they’ve booked and paid for. Guess what, if you don’t have your information submitted properly to the airline, you probably won’t be allowed on. These days, your name on your ticket has to be EXACTLY as it is on your passport. No leaving out the middle initial, the Jr, or that real first name that you’re embarrassed by so you go by your middle name. coque samsung If you do, you may not get on. fjallraven kanken no 2 backpack black They also require your birthdate and gender, though the latter may not have as dire consequences if the first two match. c 130 custodia iphone x tyui8870 3. Of course, it only helps to get on your flight if it’s actually going to take off and get you to your destination. In the last month or so, this concept hasn’t been one you can take for granted. So what do you do if your flight is cancelled, or delayed enough that you are going to miss your connection? Call your travel planner. I can’t emphasize this enough. That being said, I can’t promise they can bump everyone off the next flight and get you to your connection all without it costing a dime. vertical custodia iphone x tyui924 However, there is a passenger bill of rights which entitles you to probably much more than the airlines are telling you. Travel planners should have this handy and can contact tell you what to demand (politely) of the airline if you’re not getting all that you are entitled. Adidas EQT Women coque iphone They also know which airlines fly most frequently from your airport and the best route to your destination and may be able to offer alternatives that the airline will not. 4. coque samsung coque iphone fjallraven greenland backpack small dark navy coque samsung Getting through immigration and customs painlessly: I don’t know about you, but I always get nervous standing in the immigration line. It’s not that I have something to hide, or a reason to be stopped, but I get nervous all the same. I’ve also never had any trouble with this – until last month when I flew into London. coque huawei The immigration officer was particularly grouchy and seemed to be looking for trouble. He questioned me thoroughly and then asked me to produce a copy of my return flight itinerary and hotel confirmation. Much to my disbelief, I couldn’t find it in my bag! I looked and looked and the guy basically told me unless I had it I couldn’t enter. Finally, after I produced about six credit cards to prove I could support myself there if I wasn’t leaving the day I had told him, he let me through. black and ox red fjallraven kanken backpack big Morals of the story: 1. Don’t panic, they don’t like that. 2. fjallraven kanken no 2 backpack deep red Always carry multiple copies of your itinerary in different places, in case one walks away. 3. Make sure you have a way of proving you can support yourself in case you were to get stuck in the country (credit cards). coque samsung 21 9 custodia iphone x tyui2174 Tough but valuable lesson learned! 5. Mileage credit on partner airlines: You can sometimes accrue miles for your preferred airline when you fly on one of it’s partners (i.e. fjallraven kanken classic backpack ox red royal blue coque iphone US Airways and South African Airways). coque iphone However, this is often only true if you fly in the correct “class”. custodia cover iphone 11 12 mini pro max the bare bears groovy s0259 Flights are divided into more classes than economy, business and first. NIKE SB DONNA Within economy, seats are given classes and differentiated by alphabetical letters – J, K, L and so on.

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