Travelling can be really stressful, from getting to the airport and the endless queues at check-in, to going through security and lost luggage. As we covered in part one of this blog, it’s not just airports and airlines which stack on the pressure, however; you can arrive at your hotel after a long haul flight only to be told your room isn’t ready, or worse, that they don’t have your reservation, and the hotel is full! Frequent travellers quickly learn the ropes of getting from A to B, and enjoying their stay, as painlessly as possible, but there a few other tips anyone can use to look like they are travelling like a pro. For example, if you want the chance to be upgraded on a flight, dress nicely. The old days of politely asking for an upgrade on check-in have long gone, and outside of a flight being oversold, with most airlines they rarely happen. Upgrades have to be approved in advance, with the only exception to this rule being frequent flyers, with high ranking members moving forward in the plane if there is space available.
For a non-member travelling in economy, however, the best you can hope for is that economy is oversold on your flight, requiring some people to get “bumped up” to the next class. If this is likely, and you are not a member of the airline’s frequent flyer program, you will stand a better chance if you are smartly dressed, you are polite to staff, and you are not travelling with kids in tow. Another frequent flyer tip is to choose your seat carefully, then ask for an upgrade to an exit row. Choosing where to sit on a plane can make a big difference to your comfort – especially when travelling long haul. Different aircraft have different seat configurations, and some seats in economy are also better than others when it comes to the level of recline, or quietness of location. Another great tip for economy travellers is to upgrade your seat an emergency exit row for more leg room. Most airlines today allow you to book these in advance, although you will have to pay extra for the privilege. You will also need to meet specific exit row requirements which include that you are not travelling with anyone who may need assistance, and you can carry out certain tasks if required.