FLYING can be stressful at times, particularly when you’re travelling during a pandemic.
But it needn’t be a hassle, especially if you follow these ten tips that will save you time and money.
1. Book on a credit card
Delays and cancellations can really ruin a trip, but it’s made even worse when you can’t get your money back.
You’ll be much better protected if you book with a credit card and lots offer compensation.
Shop around and make sure you’re clued up on what you’re covered for before you travel.
2. Download your airline’s app
You’ll save bags of time just by downloading your airline’s app.
Most of them let you download boarding passes, check-in and will keep you informed on flight status – without having to faff around looking for the screen that tells you if you’re delayed.
3. Pre-book your dinner
If you’re not keen on plane food, but don’t have enough time to queue for a restaurant at the airport, why not pre-order your dinner?
The Grab app lets you book your meal while en route to the airport from participating restaurants at over 14 airports in the UK.
4. Organise your documents with this digital PA
If you’re a frequent flyer and struggle keeping track of boarding passes, trips and all the paperwork, tools like App in the Air will be your lifesaver.
This app organises all your documents for you, including bookings and flight details – almost like a digital personal assistant.
Plus, it tracks your carbon footprint too (if you’re into that).
5. Beat the jet lag
Another travel gadget you’ll want to add to your phone if you’re flying long haul is Timeshifter.
It gradually syncs your sleeping pattern to the time zone of the country you’re visiting by telling you when to ditch caffeine and when to avoid bright light.
6. Access the airport lounge (for free)
Airport lounges are a great way to escape the pre-flight chaos and you may be entitled to free access without even knowing it…
Anyone with an Amex Platinum Card, has access to over 40 Centurion Lounges worldwide. You’ll get free food, strong WiFi and luxury bathrooms.
Amex are currently offering new Platinum Card customers 60,000 points when they spend £6000 in the first six months.
7. Bring your own bottle…
…of water. Loads of airports have water stations now and if you’re travelling as a family it could save you a fair bit of dosh.
You can even buy collapsible ones that won’t take up too much space in your hand luggage.
8. Hunt out the best insurance deal
With coronavirus tests and never-ending changes to travel rules, it’s more important than ever to book insurance with a decent provider.
Do your research and make sure to get one with Covid cover.
It’s worth forking out a little bit more ahead of your trip to make sure you’re covered for the worst case scenario.
9. Measure your bag properly
It may sound like an obvious one, but airlines have really clamped down on hand luggage rules in recent years – and to make it even harder, every airline has its own set of rules.
So make sure to look up restrictions beforehand and weigh as well as measure your bag.
It could save you from forking out extra or having to check it.
10. Keep your gadgets together
Once you’ve boarded the plane, it’s never easy to rummage for wires and gadgets at the bottom of your bag.
Buy a gadget case or pouch to keep everything in, to save you having to keep grabbing things from the overhead compartment.