Over the past year I have flown over 100,000 air miles around the world. I have learned a few lessons flying this much. Some of these are from observing other passengers and some I have experienced myself.
1. Print your airline paperwork!
If your airline miles do not post for some reason you need to have paper backup that you were on the flight. Keep your boarding passes until your miles post.
2. Remember people around you can see what you are looking at!
If you choose to look at certain types of pictures or videos remember those around you and behind your seat can also see them. If they are supposed to be private…keep them private
3. Download the airlines app on your phone
Downloading the airline app gives you the chance to check for connecting flights while you are taxiing into the airport. Move your seat around the plane if you see a better one and get alerts if your flight has changed or moved gates without having to run to the computer screen every 5 minutes.
4. Book a seat at the front of the plane if you have a tight connection
Deal with it before you end up freaking out because you have 8 minutes to run across the airport and get to your next flight and the people in front of you are moving like sloths on vacation.
5. Bulkhead seats may not have the same entertainment systems as other seats.
They may be great for a bit of extra leg room but if you plan on having your own personal entertainment system make sure and check to see if this is offered with the bulkhead seats.
6. Some exit row seats are not comfortable
Depending on your size you may want to check or keep notes on which airlines have tighter exit row seats. They may not have arm bars that lift up, may have fixed seats and may just be uncomfortable. Your legs have more room but your butt may be squished…..
7. Get to the airport early and enjoy a coffee or treat
It always seems to be the day you are running late is the day that the security line is down the block and everyone has liquids and laptops. Save yourself the stress and get to the airport a bit early and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a sweet treat.
8. Bring your USB cords and make sure your electronics are charged
Many airlines now offer USB charging from your seat. This is a great benefit as long as you have your USB cords with you. Also double check your electronics the night before you fly out. I have found my iPad at 2% battery life even though it was plugged in because the plug was not all the way into the iPad. This is a rough thing to find out when you are boarding a multi-hour flight and your seat mate is a chatty person.
What are your best flying tips?