The ultimate flight depends on what kind of traveller you are. Here are some basic guidelines to make sure you get what you want
Where and how to book your flight - airline vs 3rd party sites
Take note of 'Stopovers'
Budget or Premium airline?
Flight options to look out for
- Seat selection - most airlines allow you to select your seat online. It is very rare that they will reassign you when you reach the airport, but be sure that you discuss your seat during the check-in or bag drop process to ensure you do not receive a nasty surprise. Budget airlines all require an extra payment to secure a desired seat. If you know that you've got ants in your pants, be sure to take the aisle seat to avoid disrupting other passengers mid-flight. If you feel that you have travel sickness, I always recommend taking a window seat but this is really a personal decision. Windows seats are great for photography and especially first time travellers!
- Meals - if you're travelling on a premium airline there is no need to worry! They all have a printed menu that they provide onboard with a variety of selections to suits most needs. However, if you're vegetarian, vegan or have allergies, you MUST notify the airline earlier by calling their customer service line as you run the chance of not having a meal prepared for you. On budget airlines, such flexibility is often unavailable as their menu is set when you purchase your ticket. More respectable budget airlines do have a variety, but be sure to check with them if you have any special needs
- Luggage - this is also an important consideration as airlines can issue severe penalties even if your baggage allowance is slightly exceeded. Be sure to purchase more during your online booking even if it will cost you extra. You'll thank yourself when you see the penalty you'll be paying for going over by 0.5kg! The same penalties apply to hand luggage which is usually a 7-8.5kg allowance
Author: Jono Mac