Once you have overcome the fear of flying by acquainting yourself with my three fly fear free tips (click to see previous post), its time to book that flight to your dream holiday destination. This may not sound like it but it actually is a tricky business. There are so many different airlines out there that it can become confusing and overwhelming.
So where do you begin? You ask family and friends, google a few options online but its hard to work out which is one the right one for you. Hopefully these few tips will be able to help narrow down your search:
Where are you going?
This may sound like an obvious question, but I have numerous clients come and see me about amazing fare deals with one airline that fly all the way around the world when there are better suited airlines to get them to their destination. Yes, saving some money on the fare means more money when you’re there, but most of the time it’s not worth it as you are losing time in that city or country. I always start my search with the airlines that will fly direct, for me this means hassle free flying! If you are long distance travelling, check out the airlines that have the shorter connection times.
Want a break?
Airlines will have to fly through their home city first before travelling onto your long haul destination, so this opens up the doors for you to see another bucket list destination along the way. I recommend utilising the airlines flight path and extending your holiday by a few days if you can. This gives you the opportunity to see more of the world and snippets of places you have thought about seeing but not sure if you would want to spend a lot of time there. You can also use the flight path to find connecting airlines if you wanted to do multiple stops on your journey. Ask a travel agent for a assistance as this can be complicated when doing online.
Can you budget?
I’m not just talking about how much you are wanting to spend on your flight, but the airlines themselves. There are some great budget airlines out there that you can find great quality customer service, clean and comfy aircrafts and you sometimes pay a fraction of the price. Be careful with these airlines though as some won’t include a meal or baggage. Airlines like Jetstar and Air Asia you will need to add baggage on so their starter fares are great if you are travelling super light or for a short time. Always check what the fare comes with and on its changes and cancellation policies as cheaper rates means less flexibility.
How about the aircraft?
Depending on how you like to fly, if you are a creature of comfort and like your space with things like touch screen TV’s, games, movies, then selecting not only the right airline but the right aircraft type is just as important! Recently on my flight to Johannesburg I made the assumption that the long haul flight on Qantas would be on one of their newer planes, boy to my disappointment was I wrong! I needed to contact a work colleague on arrival at the airport and believe me there was a lot of stress involved knowing I needed to survive a 14 hour flight with 3% phone battery and no charger!
HANDY HINT: A lot of airlines will cater for their home market as well, whether that’s the Asian demographic, Middle Eastern demographic etc, which for you may mean different customs or food and beverage rules that you are not used. You must when on board one of these airlines, abide by their rules, for example if they do not consume things like beef or alcohol in their country, you must not in the air with them.
If you are still feeling stuck on picking the right airline for you just remember these key points:
-How long is too long
-Do I want to stop
-Budget or all inclusive
So, do some research on the airline you are interested in and see if it’s the right fit for you, you would hate to be stuck on a flight for 24 hours that was less than what you bargained for! Feel free to ask me any questions about airlines you are unsure about!
“Take only memories, leave only footsteps”