For some people, flying is just a necessary evil. But we believe that’s because they’re not taking advantage of some important tips and tricks that can transform the experience into something fun. We love air travel at TripIt and so do many of our fans, so we decided to make airline etiquette and hacks the topic of our July chat.
What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2-3pm Pacific Time under the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/
Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on Airlines: Etiquette, Points & Hacks.
The first step in fine-tuning your flying experience is making sure you have everything you need in your carry-on. We were curious what other folks take along with them so we decided to ask!
- Many of our pro traveler friends said that they never check bags, so for them carry-ons include everything they’ll need for the trip!
- Chatter @DanaHFreeman brings the things she needs to be comfortable including: plenty of cables, granola bars, scarves and books.
- Chat co-host @MidlifeRoadTrip echoed a popular answer for keeping sane—noise cancelling earphones.
- Plan cabins can have varying temperatures and are always dry so be sure to also include a light hoodie or sweater, Chapstick and hand lotion.
Show Me The Money
No one wants to spend too much on a flight and we all are trying to find new ways and tricks to snag the best airfare. Our travel experts fly all the time so we asked for their top tips and we loved the answers.
- Chat co-host @RickGriffin advised to sign up for airline newsletters. They often announce special fares to their fans first.
- It’s also important to be flexible not only with travel dates but with airports. Search for all airports within a reasonable drive from your house but also look for alternate airports near your final destination.
- If you know when and where you want to go, sign up for fare alerts from sites like Skyscanner and Airfarewatchdog says travel pro @LeeAbbamonte.
- Chatter @CharlesMcCool says if you’re really flexible then look out for last minute deals from sites like @SecretFlying and @TheFlightDeal.
Best of the Best
It’s time to name names, which is why we asked everyone to share their favorite airlines from domestic short-haul to international long-haul flights.
- Chat participant @david_nikki was among several people who said that Southwest is their go-to airline.
- Loyalty matters in the airline world, which is why Canada’s favorite traveling couple @theplanetd said that they love Air Canada for both domestic and long-haul flights.
- Sometimes where you live dictates your airline, as is the case for @TravelLatte who lives in an American Airlines hub city.
- Other popular airlines were: Jet Blue, Virgin America, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Qantas.
Flying isn’t perfect and we know that. So, for a little fun, we decided to ask everyone what their top pet peeves are when it comes to flying—hopefully these will help everyone be a little more considerate when they’re airborne!
- For @Living_Charm it’s all about the smells, whether it’s someone who needs a little deodorant or folks who bring smelly food onboard.
- Almost everyone said bad manners whether it’s directed towards fellow passengers or the flight crew!
- Travel pro @LeeAbbamonte said that people invading his personal space is a big no-no. Make sure to respect everyone’s space.
- A few other pet peeves were: people who leave their window shades up, people who try to read other computer screens and passengers who are rude to flight attendants.
If an airline could provide you with any perk, what would you want? That’s what we asked our chatters and the results were both informative and hilarious.
- Chatter @joell51868 wants to see airline respect families more by making it easier for them all to sit together.
- Another popular answer was to take better care of loyal customers and to improve their customer service.
- Co-host @MrScottEddy would love to see free Wi-Fi for frequent flyers.
- The best answer though came from @always5star who wishes every flight had an unlimited supply of champagne!
Don’t forget to join our #TripItChat every third Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm Pacific/5:00 pm Eastern to discuss the hot topics in travel!