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May 2nd, 2017 9:52 AM

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With the height of the summer travel season fast approaching, it reminds me why we no longer enjoy flying as opposed to driving or an alternate means of transportation.  Airlines continue to pack people into a plane like a can of sardines, charge exorbitant fees and lack the customer service we enjoyed in the past.  However, there are ways to save money and take some stress out of flying:

  • Buy tickets online as opposed to over the phone or in person. Typical fees can range from $15 to $50 just for talking to someone to book a flight.
  • Fees for seat selection range from $15 to $150 depending on distance and demand. But some airlines will waive or discount fees for frequent fliers. Or let the airline assign a seat for free-usually in the back or middle. Before departure, ask if a more desirable seat has become available at no extra cost.
  • Priority boarding fees range from $4 to $40, but are worth it for travelers who want to make sure they have overhead bin space or want to choose their own seats. Fees can sometimes be avoided if using an airline-branded credit card.
  • In-Flight WI-FI is sometimes provided free or for a nominal fee, but is limited. Others give a discount if paid in advance. But the best advice is to take a book!

Some courteous reminders so everyone enjoys their flight:

  • Don’t hog the overhead bins with more than one carry-on bag. Some add computer cases, shopping bags, oversized purses, etc. and take up half the space themselves.
  • If traveling with a cold or illness (sometimes unavoidable), be sure to cover coughs or sneezes or even wear a mask.
  • Be courteous with cell phone conversations both before take-off and after landing. Being overly loud is annoying to everyone.
  • Share the armrests, especially with the unlucky passengers in the middle.
  • Upon landing, be courteous about jumping up to get items out of the overhead bin, and don’t hold over anyone’s head, or block the isles. It will only save 30 seconds anyway!

We will all need to fly somewhere, sometime, so it pays to cut costs and be courteous to others as we share those friendly skies!

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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