10 Insider Flight Tips for Your Next Journey
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Here are some insider tips that we'd like to share with you about Flights
Look for Glitch Fares
Online booking systems for airfare don't come without a pricing mistake every once in a while. Follow deal-minded travel sites and blogs (like TripInsider.com!) to learn about pricing mistakes that work in your favor. This is most useful if you live near a major airport and have a flexible schedule.
Exercise in Your Seat
If you're in for a long flight, it's important to keep your body moving to prevent stiffness, cramps, and even blood clots. For a few minutes each hour, lift your feet off the ground while rotating your ankles in circles. Flex and point your toes, roll your shoulders back and forth, and rotate your neck side to side.
Join an Airline Loyalty Program
Even if you don't think you travel often enough to make an airline loyalty program worth it, join one. This is your best chance of getting a flight upgrade, even if you stay at a low point level.
Use a Digital Luggage Scale
There's nothing more frustrating than learning that your bag is too heavy to fly or that it'll cost you extra when you arrive at the airport. Digital luggage scales are about the size of a corkscrew and great for making sure that you're not going over the baggage limit with your new souvenirs.
Buy a World Outlet Adapter
Universal travel adaptors ensure that you can stay connected no matter where you are. You can find conveniently sized models for under $10 to convert power outlets when traveling for laptops, phones, etc.
Consider Alternate Airports
Some major cities have more than one airport, so make sure to check them all for the cheapest fares. For example, if you're planning to visit the Bay Area of California, check for rates in both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport.
Cross the Border by Land
Domestic flights are often cheaper than international ones, so if you live near a border and want to fly to a neighboring country, you can save by crossing the border by land and then catching a domestic flight. For example, Toronto residents may save by crossing the U.S. border into Buffalo, New York and then flying to another U.S. city.
Sit Above the Wing
If airplane turbulence bothers you, sit over the wing of the plane. The wing is near the plane's center of gravity, so turbulence isn't as noticeable here. You may not have as good of a view from the window though.
Choose the In-Flight Asian-Vegetarian Option
If you're flight is long enough to serve a meal, be wary of mystery meat and greasy foods. Niche meals, like the Asian-vegetarian option, are made in smaller batches so they're often higher quality and won't contribute to jetlag as much.
Embrace Tuesday Travel
The strategy of buying airline tickets on Tuesdays for the best deals is still a good idea. If your schedule is flexible, plan to fly out and back on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, or on (not around) holidays like Christmas.
We hope that you found the tips on this page helpful and can put them to use on your next vacation. Whether you plan to fly, drive, or cruise, become an expert trip planner by using our travel comparison tool for all your transportation and hotel needs. Please visit us again and sign up for our newsletter to keep getting the best deals and travel tips.
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