Cheap Air  Travel, The Lowest Price May Not Be The Best Ride

The lowest price tickets may not be the best option

Search well ahead of your travel day by shopping  on the web for the best price and the best connections.
Some of the low priced tickets come with absurd connection times: to little or too much.
Many so called cheap ticket prices listed on some websites fail to list taxes and other fees that run the price up double at times.

Airlines are reporting a 30% delay rate so be sure you leave enough time to make a
connection. Try to have at least one and a half to two and a half hours between planes in case your plane is late arriving.

Two to
Three hours going International is a good cushion of time. . A good option is to make your international connection in the States, that is have a US airport be your port of entry or exit.
Some of the low price offers have eight or more hours of connection/layover time, far too much .
Once you book on-line, call the airline and secure a seat assignment as far forward as possible.  This accomplishes two objectives, the ride is quieter and more comfortable and you leave the airplane sooner to make your connecting flight.
Well ahead of your trip establish frequent flyer accounts with your usual airlines, this gets you an assigned seat on airlines that hold back assigning a portion of the seats until the flight boards.
Above all, try to get a seat assignment as early as possible to reduce any anxiety about your trip and to be sure that if you are traveling with a partner or family that you sit together.

Air travel has been a bargain for years considering the distance traveled and the speed.  The intent of this page is to help you get the lowest price and the best ride.
. Confirm your flight with a phone call (or web click) well ahead of your travel day to make sure all is as it should be. Reconfirm 24 hours before flight time. Let them check your seat assignment (a double check) and make sure the flight is still scheduled. With airlines that hold back assigning seats, it is a good bet to have a frequent flyer account.  This could speed the assigning of seats.  
. Be flexible in your airport choice.  Example: Manchester New Hampshire's airport is less then a hundred miles from Boston's Logan airport but can result in savings. All the same services exist, parking,(less expensive) rental cars, bus service, free shuttle from Boston, but without the crush.  Investigate possible savings at satellite airports while factoring in the added travel expense.

. Don't travel on Holiday weekends and school vacation weeks if possible. Think twice about Florida at Christmas and February vacation, Mexico during December, and Europe in August.
Air Travel is not easy these days with all the security at airports and the struggling airlines cutting back wherever they can. The tips listed above were collected from a few frequent flyers and veteran travelers. They might help you travel more comfortably.

Passport:
Have at least six months remaining on your passport renew well ahead of expiration date.

Get the latest info at   
 www.travel.state.gov       Passport Info:        www.usps.com/passport

For Air Travelers: before your flight get the latest security information.   www.tsa.gov   
Don't loose expensive items like perfumes, nail clippers, face creams, medications, etc. at the security check. Get the latest info on the restricted items at the TSA website and put these items in the required bags, in checked luggage, or leave them at home.

Visa:
Travel to a foreign country may require a visa. Check on the web to see what the requirement is and apply for the visa well in advance at the country's embassy or consulate. China and Egypt, for example, require visas and the document might not be available on the plane like it is on flights to Mexico or to France. Most flights will have visa applications on board, however.
. Try to book your travel in the early part of the day. If you miss a connection you could still have time to make another. Late in the day and evening there will be fewer flights and by 9:00 PM most airports roll up the carpet and become uncomfortable hotels.

Book your flight on weekdays if possible. Mid week rates are lower, lowest usually on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
Tips on Saving Time and Money on Air Travel
Try to  get the best possible seat assignment for your needs.
All airliners have different seat arrangements; all seats in coach are not equal; the back row will not recline, others are smaller due to the shape of the airliner, and still others are located too close to the lavatory and could subject you to annoying aisle traffic.
If you are drinking lots of water you may want an aisle seat. Exit row seats will not have space for your carry-on.

Air Travel Savings

Design your own itineraries and connections. and shop on the web.
While shopping for air travel on the web will take a little patience and perseverance, the savings can be significant.  
Adequate connection times will be important to keep in mind as will Security procedures.  Also important to your anxiety reduction is getting an assigned seat well before your flight. ¬†Book your hotel ahead of your trip and avoid trying to shop for a hotel while you arejet-lagged. Shop Hotels Here for photos, Maps, reviews, and Room Rates
Have flexibility in your travel days. Significant savings can result if you can change your dates to accommodate both the flight out and the return.  
Check mid week flights
When Shopping For Air Travel, Compare Prices for the same flight on Different days of the week.  Considerable savings can result if you can be flexible.
Cheap Air  Travel Sounds Good But The Lowest Price May Not Be The Best Ride.  When Shopping For Air Travel, Compare Prices for the same flight on Different days of the week.  Considerable savings can result if you can be flexible. Be careful of unrealistic layover times.
Cheap Air  Travel offers check the layover times;  the Lowest Price May Not Be The Best Ride
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