Essential Air Travel Tips

Essential air travel tips

With a little forethought and advance planning, you can ensure that your flight is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Here are some great tips to help you decide whether or not you’re in line for an upgrade, what are the best seats on the plane, and even what to do if you find your passport has expired shortly before you leave.

What does this letter on my airline ticket mean?

Of all the information on an airline ticket, one letter can tell you how comfortable your flight is likely to be. The message you are looking for just before the flight. It tells the person checking in how much you paid for your flight, which determines your chances of getting an upgrade or even a decent seat at the front of the plane.

The Y on a British Airways ticket, for example, indicates full economy fare, while the S, Q, and O indicate reduced fare and your rightful place may be next to the restrooms. Each airline has its own code, but fortunately http://www.flyertalk.comdedicated to airline details, provides a detailed summary in the Miles and Points forum.

What seats need to be reserved in advance?

paying off http://www.seatguru.comWhich will direct you towards the selected seats. They have a lot of tips, like the rows closer to the air conditioner – and therefore cooler – which have no window.

You must wait until check-in to request seats at the emergency exits. These are never available on the web because the airline has to guarantee that you are able to work.

However, it is not always the best option. On some aircraft, the emergency exit row is obstructed by the shape of the door. Likewise, if the plane has an emergency slider, the smart position to try is the window seat for the row behind the exit. It will not have a seat in front of it so that the locker that holds the chute can be accommodated. You should also check the rows near the back—because the cabin leans toward its tail, some of the seats have an extra slant.

What seats should I avoid?

It’s easier to suggest classes to avoid.

If you think kids and air travel don’t mix, stay away from the area around the curb. This is where airlines usually place those with babies and young children. Omit the rows immediately in front of the bulkhead and in the back, as these generally do not recline fully. If the noise bothers you, avoid the back again, where the roar of the engines is louder. And if you suffer from airsickness, aim to sit near the leading edge of the wing, as you’re less likely to end up digging into the sick bag.

How to get an emergency passport

For the incompetent traveler who fails to realize that their passport is two years out of date, there is an alternative to all-out despondency.

First, do an online search for “emergency passport” and find the phone number for the appropriate government department. Then call and ask for immediate assistance. Different countries run different contingency schemes, but be prepared to show up in person, and pay extra fees to quickly track your passport.

Relax before your flight

If you become a member of a VIP lounge club, you can unwind with drinks, snacks and newspapers and magazines away from the hustle and bustle of the airport – and some credit or charge cards also give you access to the same or similar facilities.

Have a comfortable trip

If you’re going on a long flight, it might be a good idea to purchase a noise-canceling headset at the airport. If you are prone to hypertension, there have been some encouraging reports about the effectiveness of melatonin (see

Of course, on any trip, it’s a good idea to avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water.

Cancellations of flights by airlines in the European Union

If you are traveling to or from an EU airport or on an EU airline, the EU rules are clear. If the flight is canceled less than seven days before departure, you are entitled to a refund, a flight home and compensation, the amount of which depends on the distance you travel and the delay in getting you back. You must receive written notice at the airport and compensation must be paid within seven days. Details of these and other regulations can be found on the official EU website at

You are also entitled to refreshments at the airport, depending on the time you wait and two complimentary phone calls, as well as overnight accommodation and transfers if appropriate. The Air Transport Users Council (AUC) website provides full details of

However, in some “extraordinary circumstances”, including bad weather, unexpected safety deficiencies, and security risks, there will be no entitlement to compensation.

We have found that some airport staff on some airlines seem to be better trained in exceptions than in the provisions of regulations, so always be persistent and claim your rights.

And a safe and smooth trip!