søndag 12. august 2012
Air Travel Tips
Going on an airplane? Well here are som important advice and tips which you really should check out, it might make your travel a lot easier or you might learn a few things you did not know.
Planning and booking a holiday or just an airplane ticket sounds easy enough, however there are a lot of people who run into difficulties whiles doing this or when the go on their travels. As I work for an airline I will share my expertice and hopefully be able to give you all some very good advice so your travels can be smooth and easy.
1. To get the best air fare possible look into different sights. Now there are many hundreds of sights online so which one should you choose? Make sure that the pages are certified and qualified to sell airplane tickets. If you are unsure if you can trust the sight or not, google it. There are a lot of information on google. If you still are unsure which internet page to book through, go straight on to the airlines own official web page, then you are 100% sure you can trust it.
2. Not everybody are globertrotters and travel a lot, and all airlines have their own rules when it comes to check in deadlines, baggage rules and other stuff that you might want to know before going on the trip. So it is very important that you read all the information you are given when booking your flight. It is extremily important that you know what the check in deadlines are for the airline you are travlleing with. The airline can and will refuse the passenger to travel if you fail to meet the requirements for checkin times and boarding times. All airlines will also recommend a time for their travellers to be at the airport and please do not ignore that. There are a reason why they want their travellers to be in good time. In the USA most of the airlines say that you should be at the airport at least 3 hours before departure of you flight, whiles in Europe the airlines recommend that you are there at least 2 hours before. Remember, when you get to the airport you have to find your airlines check in counters and there might have to que up for a little while. After check in you have the sequrity controll, and there is always a que there. Then you need to find the gate, it might not be located as close as you think, so make sure you know where the gate is and how long it will take you to get there before you sit down somewhere else to relax, eat, drink or go shopping. Please note that most airlines will close their gates from 15-20 minutes prior to departure, and then it is closed, you will risk not getting on the flight if you're not there on time. The airline have all rights to refuse you boarding in you get to the gate to late!
3. If you are going on more than one flight to get to your final destination, make sure you book a through going ticket, do not have two separate tickets! If you first flight is delayed or worst case cancelled and you loos your second flight, you don't have any rights if you have two separate tickets. The airline will not be responsible to book you onto another flight. If you have made one booking, through going tickets, the airline will be responsible to get you to your final destination without you having to pay anything extra for it. Another reason for booking a through going ticket is the luggage. If you have one booking with all you flights on it, the bags will be checked to you final destination, no need to pick it up when you are transfering from one flight to another.
4. If you are travelling to different countries, make sure you know the customes regulation for that country. Best way is to listen to the announcements made on board the flights, they will tell you if you need to pick up your luggage and take it through customes. Unfortunantley a lot of check in agents are not aware of the custome rules in different countries so they might tell you wrong. Thats why it is important to listen to the PA announcements onboard the flights and read the informations signs in the airport when you get off the aircraft. A great example here is USA and Norway, both countries have their custome clearance on the FIRST stop of entry! Again, many airlines, many rules, make sure you read the information you are given by your airline.
5. Delays or cancellations. The rules are different from different countries so make sure you check this with your airline. However, travels to, from and within Europe have some of the same rules. In Europe the EU (and countries within the EEA) have made a minimun requirement regarding delays and cancellations. For instance, if you flight are delayed more than two hours you are in titel of a meal voucher, the amount will vary from country to country. If your flight is cancelled and the airlines is responsible, they will book you onto the next available flight without any extra costs. The rules are many so it is important to ask your airline about this if you are facing a delay or cancellation situation. Airlines who are not a part of IATA (International Air Transportation Assosiation) also have to follow these rules in Europe, but they can have longer delays before they have to give any Care (meal voucher, phone calls or rebooking). Remember, there can be very different rules on scheduled airlines and low cost/no frills airlines.On the low cost airlines your rights are not as many as on scheduled airlines.
IATA - has developed the commercial standards that built a global industry. Today, IATA's mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. Its members comprise some 240 airlines - the world's leading passenger and cargo airlines among them - representing 84% of total air traffic.
IATA seeks to improve understanding of the industry among decision makers and increase awareness of the benefits that aviation brings to national and global economies. It fights for the interests of airlines across the globe, challenging unreasonable rules and charges, holding regulators and governments to account, and striving for sensible regulation. IATA's aim is to help airlines help themselves by simplifying processes and increasing passenger convenience while reducing costs and improving efficiency.
Low cost airlines - Low cost carriers could be defined as airlines which operate on relatively short distances in a certain region without offering additional services.Budget/low cost airlines usually land at and takeoff from secondary airports, do not provide inflight meals or refreshments, and may not even offer numbered seat allocation. Their ticket prices are fixed, and non-refundable in case of a cancellation or no-show. A low-cost carrier or low-cost airline (also known as a no-frills, discount or budget carrier or airline or cheap flight) is an airline that generally has lower fares and fewer comforts. To make up for revenue lost in decreased ticket prices, the airline may charge for extras like food, priority boarding, seat allocating, and baggage etc.
6. What ever happens, be nice and polite, that will get you so much further than being mean and angry. It is illegal to have a threathening behaviour and the police will be notified and you will risk getting fines or arrested. The airline and ground staff have evry right to act accordingly to this. Do also keep in mind that it is the passengers own responsibilities to be at the gate on time, not the airline, do not expect them to make any announcements, more and more airports are operating as an silence airport, no announcements made!