- Download the Airline App. Not only will the app warn you of delays immediately (sometimes sooner than announced), but they can be handy in getting on the next flight out in a timely manner.
- It’s easy to get into sheep mode when you are in the airport. Everyone else is in line, so I should be too right? Next time instead of just filing in line with the rest of the passengers, try calling the airlines reservations line and see if they can re route you to an earlier flight. You may get the advantage on the rest of the folks still waiting to chat with a gate agent.
- Don’t wait around, get on standby. It may be noon and your flight leaves at 5pm. Perhaps there are two flights leaving in the meantime but they are booked. You have time, get on standby and wait, you might just get on!
- Pay to leave sooner. If you have a longer lay over than you like and there is a flight leaving earlier that you can make. Check with the gate agent and see if there is room. Usually they will let you on for a fee of around $50. Time is money, how much is yours worth?
- Here are a few more ideas for getting in.
- Tired of spending $4 on a bottle of water? Bring an empty reusable bottle and refill at water bottle stations found at the public water fountains. Genius!
3. Nursing/ Pumping Moms
- Here is a great blog featuring locations around the states with pods and rooms.
- Also, this handy app will help you find lactation pods available in an airport near you.
- Look for USB ports on the plane. Many of the newer models are now equiped with places you can charge your phone right under the seat in front of you, or in the arm of your chair.
- Find the charging stations located through out the airport. You may have to sit a little way from your gate if the crowd has alredy gathered, but as long as you can hear the overhead speaker, you are probably just fine.
- Purchase a back up battery and stow in your carry on bag. It might just save the day.
- Make sure to set your phone to airplane mode when you take off. This will consume less power and help save your battery life.
- Close any apps you aren’t using. This is easy to forget but is a major player in how your phone consumes energy.
- Make sure to mark your electronics. We all have the same laptops, Iphones, Ipads, and nooks. My husband personally experienced the stress of having his laptop accidently switched with another man’s laptop while going through security. To avoid this disaster, mark your electronics with stickers, or a name tag. Make sure it is easily identifiable so you will notice if it’s not yours.
- Sign up for TSA Pre Check . It’s worth it! An affordable $85 for 5 year membership and you are on your way to easier travels. With pre check you don’t have to worry about taking off shoes, liquids, removing laptops from your bags, or light jackets. Many times when you are traveling with kids they will give this to you automatically, but if you are a frequent flyer, don’t risk it. It’s worth the investment.
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