Have you ever heard the phrase “a stitch in time saves nine”? Or how about an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? They both carry the same meaning. More specifically it’s all about small things you do ahead of time to make the bigger things not quite so big and scary.
Air travel is one of those things that everyone is excited to do, but not everyone knows how to maximize the benefits of flying commercial.
A Few major things I do to ensure that my flying experience is excellent are checking in to my flight as early as is humanly possible. 24 hrs is usually the earliest you can check-in for your flight, so make sure to set that alarm for 24 Hours before your flight. On some airlines, they will allow you to change your seat or even get upgraded seats.
Secondly, when I arrive at the gate, usually about an hour early I always check with the gate agent and see if there are any seats that I could upgrade to, or if I could gate check my bag so that I don’t have to deal with the whole process of slowing down the lines while loading my bag into the overhead compartment
Thirdly, make sure that you tell your bank or financial institution that you are traveling. I can’t tell you how many times Navy Federal has called me asking if I was intending on spending forty-six dollars at the Pilot in Des Moines, Iowa. Most major banks will allow you to just set the dates and places you will be traveling to so they don’t flag your card for fraud alert. 5 min on your bank app saves you hours in frustration if not days waiting for a re-issued card if you’re traveling internationally.
I hope these tips help you get the most out of your travels!