For most of us, the airline industry is still somewhat mysterious. We don’t know much about how the industry operates, partly for security reasons and partly out of a need to protect sensitive corporate information. Yet, there are a few secrets that can help you get better rates and service the next time you fly.
The Sweet Spot
Believe it or not, there’s a specific time that will help you get the best deals on airline reservations. Skyscanner conducted research on this topic and found that the best time to buy is on a Tuesday afternoon seven weeks before your departure date.
Getting an Upgrade
If you travel smart, you can get an upgrade without paying the increase in fare. For instance, flying alone and at a time when fewer people are likely to book a flight can help you move up. Other ways to get that upgrade include using the airline’s rewards card, flying frequently with the same airline, and establishing yourself as a pleasant passenger.
Some Airlines are Safer Than Others
Quantas, an Australian-based airline, nabbed the top spot in the 2016 list of safest airlines, but they’re not alone. Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair, Monarch, and Easyjet are a few more airlines that haven’t had accidents that resulted in passenger fatalities. If you’re really concerned, you can download the Am I Going Down? app to find out how safe your next flight will be.
Improve Your Dog’s Experience
Dogs are especially anxious about traveling on board an airplane. To make matters worse, sedation is discouraged and even prohibited by many airlines. One way you can make the experience a little more pleasant for your four-legged friend is to write his or her name on the crate. This will make it easier for airline personnel to speak to your pet and comfort the animal throughout the process.
Lost Items are a Big Deal
Anything turned in to lost and found is held for up to 90 days. After that period, the items are either sold at auction or donated to a local charity. It may be advantageous to attend these auctions. Some items that often find their way to airport auctions include diamonds, wedding dresses, designer watches, and mobile devices.
Taking an interest in how airlines manage their business can help you save on your travel arrangements. Just like any industry, finding out about secret options can provide you with a more enjoyable experience. Don’t be afraid to use some of these tips the next time you travel.