We hope that you can find just a smidge of pleasure in your following flying experience.
Not long ago, I asked a lot of experienced travelers (including many who work on my airfare site) to tell me their best tips for a beautiful flight and/or airport experience.
Needless to say, I got many responses, so I hope you find these ideas useful.
Traveling with young children? Be prepared
Prepare the children before you go, explain what will happen at the security checkpoints, so they do not scare, and they learn a little bit about the upcoming trip with a few good books and maybe a video or two. Make sure that all the devices that they use are charged and filled with things that children like to watch. Bring a bag of candy, too — there are times when bribery is OK.
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Bonus tip: These days, many airports are playgrounds for the children, the burn of a little energy during the wait between connecting flights. And if you are lucky enough to be at Singapore Changi Airport, don’t miss the live butterfly garden.
Don’t settle for airport food, unless it is a part of the experience
Avoid paying the airline prices and bring a lunch from home. An empty water bottle, and fill it past security, because some ultra-discount airlines (like Spirit) the costs for this basis.
Bonus tip: If you have the time, money and inclination, one of the growing number of airport hotspots for food and fun Rock & Brews Concert Bar & Grill at LAX, or Chicago O ‘Hare’ s Burrito Beach.
Stuff everything in your carry-on, if possible
No! What did we just say?!?
A carry-on will not be lost, but our insiders are also like that — with a carry-on — there is no waiting at the carousel once you land. Best of all, if there are delays or cancellations, and the traveller has to scramble from one plane to the other, you know that your bag makes the flight, also.
Bonus tip: Before you go to the airport, take a picture of your bag, especially if you check out; if the bag is lost and you will be asked to describe it, you won’t draw a blank.
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Consider a ride to the airport
A friend or family member to take you to the airport, then move back and forth and do the same when they need a ride. It will save you a big hassle and expensive parking fees. If that fails, Uber or Lyft may be your next best best.
Bonus tip: not over the head of the public transport or shuttle service; JFK, for example, has a number of cheap options to get to Manhattan.
Avoid security with PreCheck
TSA PreCheck requires travelers to pay a fee of $85 and sit down for a short interview, but it will save you valuable time at airports.
Even if you don’t have time to PreCheck for this trip (you have to go on a very short in-person interview), register and pay the $85 membership fee anyway, because it’s good for all trips you take in the next five years. Trust me — you will enjoy keeping your shoes on and zipping through your own dedicated security lane.
Bonus tip: If you fly abroad a lot, Global Access is only $ 15 more; it will smooth the way through Customs, and the membership includes PreCheck.
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An outlet hero, an outlet hog
Find a quiet space to sit, even if it is a few parts away from the departure zone, because it will be much easier to find an electrical outlet (a real) for charging your devices.
Bonus tip: Use a multi-port outlet gadget, so that others can at the same time, and they will love you. Remember that not all heroes wear capes.
Rick Seaney is an airline travel expert and the co-founder of FareCompare.com an airline ticket comparison shopping website