What Happened to Airline Travel?

It’s not like it used to be. I am sure that you have heard that about airlines. The pressures of operating a successful and sustainable airline business continue to increase. Here we explore some of the changes and what might be done about it.

Increased Security, rising costs (fuel, staff and other resources), changing loyalty programs – where will it end. Seems like as airplanes are replaced the new ones seem to have less room for the travellers and their luggage. So, the weight limits continue to reduce for both cabin and check-in luggage. The meals are not as good and often we have to pay extra for them, if at all they are available.

Here are a few tips that might help.

Firstly, plan your itinerary including your time at the airport. Give yourself plenty of time by arriving early. Always have your travel documentation ready for presentation at both check-in and security. (This includes your boarding pass, if they allow you to print it)If you have a choice, travel at non-peak times to miss the bulk of the business travellers. Take the opportunity to check-in online (usually up to 48 hours prior to boarding) and you may have a shorter queue at baggage check-in. Choose your own seat. Choosing an aisle seat will also give you a little flexibly during the flight for stretching your legs.

Secondly, choose your flights carefully, and let it be known that you are flexible, particularly if you are considering and upgrade. You can also save money by taking alternate routes – they may take a little longer but you may get better value. Taking this direction means that you are shaping your travel around the airline’s programs.

Thirdly, when traveling on budget airlines, take a snack and purchase a drink at the airport. You will know what you are eating and it will be good! Make sure that your cabin bag (and your check-in bag) comply with the airlines requirements. However, do take the items that make ‘congested flying’ a little more comfortable, like noise-cancelling earphones, eye mask and small pillow.

It is unlikely that the airline will ask you how they can serve you better. During these changing times. It is far better for you to understand that system and take advantage of any gaps. Nevertheless, thorough planning is a great start and a discussion with your travel advisor may also provide a few extra hints. Happy traveling on the new improved airplanes.

An Overview of Travel Advisors

There are numerous travel sites, advisors and agents operating across the globe to provide services like booking air tickets for your vacation, accommodation, renting cars for you in the place you intend to visit and giving you suggestions about various tourist attractions and adventure activities, for example snorkeling at a Caribbean island. Good agents work on a one to one basis with every client, giving them advice, and are like a consultant between you and different travel companies. You can depend on his advice to plan your trip or for any change in travel plans, changing your reservation or any other problems you may face during your vacation. He charges a fee for all the services rendered, and that is usually a percentage of the total sum you are going to pay the travel company for the vacation instead of a flat fee for any vacation.

If you happen to like any travel advisor, you would want to take his advice for all your trips. It therefore becomes very imperative for the travel agent to offer personalized services to every client, in addition to the regular bookings, for building a strong relationship for future business. It has often been seen that people recommend their very own travel agent to their friends and relatives, especially if they get additional discounts for these recommendations. It is a good career choice for those people who get pleasure out of working with people and maintaining good interpersonal relationships.

Travel advisors have in-depth information of various places, vacation ideas and tourist attractions, and besides making reservations for the vacation, he also suggests the best time for visiting a particular place. He is also aware of the most preferred tourist places and some unusual places, away from main towns and roads for those who want an adventurous or one of a kind vacation. Quite often, they get to know deals and discounts which other people may not be aware of. It always pays to check with them before booking a vacation.

The travel advisor will solve any issues concerning visa requirements and currency exchange even after your travel itinerary has been finalized and all your reservations have been made. He can help with making a change in reservations, and propose you to take travel insurance for the vacation, should there be an unexpected illness. He can be contacted to solve any other problems that may arise during the vacation.

What to Look For When Booking Travel Online

When using a website to book a holiday or vacation, you should consider online travel research to price the individual components, e.g. flights, car rental, hotel etc separately to make sure you are getting a good deal. Prices can vary significantly, so comparison shopping on several sites could be a distinct advantage.

If you favor a particular hotel or airline, you may be better off going directly to the hotel and/or airline of your choice to get the best deal. Also, some travel websites are unclear about their cancellations and refunds policy; therefore if you book directly with a hotel or car rental company online, you could cancel a reservation without penalty up to 24 hours in advance.

So, when it comes to searching online consider using a travel site as opposed to a search engine like Google. Google may find the best fares but a travel website offers better searching flexibility for holidays and vacation packages and in some cases they also negotiate their own deals with real travel opportunities and packaged offers.

Generally, many service providers including travel companies are guaranteeing ‘lowest prices online’ so it is a good idea to check and compare travel websites pricing with the hotel or airline website. In addition you may found incentives to book directly with a hotel or airline, e.g. air miles or popular retail vouchers.

Also, consider reading the clauses about cancellation when booking. These will vary from site to site. Rates will vary and may come with penalties and deadlines and some cases non refundable deposits. In addition to cancellation fees be aware of potential booking fees. Travel website may charge you a booking fee, where booking directly with an hotel or airline usually does not incur a fee. But be careful here, as some sites may charge you if you use a credit card.

Finally, it is worth checking individual country sites of particular internationally based online companies to compare local prices to the company’s global website. This may prove beneficial depend on your International travel plans.