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Airline Travel Tips

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  • ask if your airline offers discount seats for children
  • look for airline agents who work with "consolidators"
  • check several nearby cities for the best fare
  • flying farther away and renting a car can save money
  • if lower advertised fare, ask to be re-ticketed at lower price
  • shop for internet discounts and web-only fares
  • be flexible on flight time and day to get a better the deal
  • plan for a Saturday stay-over for a better rate
  • travel mid-week and return mid-week for good fares


  • schedule your flight early in the day to reduce potential delays
  • avoid stops in areas that regularly experience bad weather
  • avoid sitting by lavatories or kitchen for quieter trip
  • request seats near the front for easy disembarking
  • ask for an aisle seat or one behind a bulkhead for more leg room
  • seats at rear or in front of emergency exit don't recline fully
  • emergency exit seats have more room but more responsibility


  • knives, box cutters, straight razors, or blades of any kind
  • sharp point metal scissors or nail files
  • knitting needles, ice picks, corkscrews, or other sharp items
  • guns
  • explosive or flammable items
  • pressurized containers
  • household cleaners or toxic chemicals
  • when in doubt, transport items in your checked baggage


  • buy your ticket with a credit card in case you have problems
  • travel insurance will protect you if flight cancelled or delayed
  • read travel insurance policies carefully for exclusions
  • check your tickets for errors as soon as you receive them
  • put your tickets in a safe place
  • give someone your itinerary -- arrival, departure, flight
  • place your name, contact info, and itinerary in your luggage
  • minimize the number of plane changes to avoid lost luggage
  • try not to check your bags if you don't have to
  • lock your luggage before checking your bags
  • bumped flight owes you compensation and a seat on next flight
  • if you are unhappy, complain to the airline
  • you may also complain to the Dept. Of Transportation


  • plan to leave so you arrive at the airport at least 1 hour early
  • plan for transportation to and from airport
  • check the weather at all airports along your route
  • double check your departure time and flight number


  • bring snacks in pre-packed ziploc bags
  • give your infant a bottle to suck to reduce ear pressure
  • bring a bag of toys, coloring books, etc. to keep kids occupied
  • bring wet wipes, a rag, and a change of clothes for your kid
  • request an aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom
  • try not to sit in a middle or window seat with a fidgety child


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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