I thought I’d turn tables a bit, and instead of presenting you with some good advice, I’d tell you about some of the bad advice I see floating around the internet.
So, I’ve come up with this: 6-Pieces of Air Travel Advice to Ignore…and what you should pay attention to.
I talk about cell phones, passports, First Class and plenty of other things.
Just click “more” for…THE LIST.
6-Pieces of Air Travel ADVICE to IGNORE
1. Always shop Thursday evenings for the best deals
- IGNORE. The best deals can appear anytime; often, they appear at the start of the week.
2. Smart travelers should stay close-to-home this summer (weak dollar)
- IGNORE: Really savvy travelers know how to stretch their hard-earned bucks in Europe (picnic in Paris, anyone?); plus, there are plenty of relatively cheap alternate destinations (New Zealand, Brazil and Vietnam).
3. When you find a cheap airfare, you have a day or two to buy it at that price
- IGNORE: Airfares can and do change at a moment’s notice; and many airlines are switching to smaller aircraft which means fewer seats allocated to the cheapest airfares. If you see a good price, BUY IMMEDIATELY.
4. Passport due to expire? As long as it’s good through your trip, no problem
5. Don’t waste your money on First Class
- IGNORE: Sometimes (but not often) you can find discount First Class by searching for Y-Up and Q-Up fares (these can be close in price to Coach fares; sometimes they are less than Coach fares). However, if you’re looking for inexpensive airfare, never pay full price for First Class.
6. Go ahead, use your cell phone on the plane; it will NOT cause damage
- IGNORE: While it’s true a cell phone won’t cause problems for a flight, you almost certainly will be arrested if you refuse to turn it off.