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Tips for Airline Travel: Make Flying Fun Again

Temperatures are on the rise and summer vacation season is upon us! Many families opt for road trips, but if you are planning to hit the friendly skies, here are some tips and tools to make flying fun again.  

Stay informed

Things are always changing with airlines, so sign up for email and text alerts from the airline or online flight-tracking services like Flight Stats (free, iOS & Android).

Frequent travelers could benefit from TripIt Pro ($49 per year) to manage flights and itineraries.

Buy Peace of Mind

Vacations are expensive and no one likes to spend additional money, but travel insurance can be a lifesaver if something goes wrong. Check with your local insurance agent or look online.

Take a Seat

Many airlines allow you to choose your seats at time of booking. If your preferred seats are available then you are a lucky flyer. But, if you don’t get what you you’re looking for, then consider ExpertFlyer.com. They will alert you if and your seat is open so you can log on and get it. Use cabin maps at SeatGuru.com to help you pick the best seat for your preferences.

Fast Track Security

Sound too good to be true?  It’s not!

You can sign up for TSA PreCheck ($85 for five years, tsa.gov), which will expedite the security process in more than 150 US airports.

If leaving the country, become a member of US Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program ($100 for five years, cbp.com) and you’ll get Pre-Check and the ability to zip through US customs.

Know What Counts

It is important to know what you can and cannot carry on the plane – this includes infants. Check your airline’s list of rules ahead of time to make sure you’re in compliance.   

Dress Well

To move through airports with ease and emerge from your flight looking un-rumpled; wear wrinkle-free fabrics, such as knits, jersey, and stretch denim. A cashmere wrap or sweater is invaluable in an over-air-conditioned cabin. On your feet, a comfortable pair of slip-ons will help you speed through security.

If you plan well in advance, then your travel experience will be a good one. Knowledge is definitely power when it comes to air travel. 

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Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

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