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12 Secrets From Airline Employees That Few Passengers Know About

Like most things in life, travel requires experience. With each trip you embark on, you will start to get more comfortable and familiar with the means of travel, and it all begins from your planning, until the time you board your plane at the airport, where your journey all begins.

Typically, we make mistakes with the things that we are new at, and just learning or adapting to. It’s completely natural and will benefit you the next time you have a go at it. With travel, it’s inevitable that some mistakes will be made, but it’s all a part of the learning curve, and with time you will master all of the pieces of travel that make it one big, teachable adventure.

Each time you begin to plan a new trip, you will learn the tips and tricks of it all, and what works for you, and what doesn’t. Although it’s natural to encounter obstacles along the way, it’s important to learn and be prepared ahead of time for what may come. From booking to packing, to knowing your surroundings on an aircraft, and why and how things are the way they are; we look at 12 secrets from airline employees that we may not have known about.

1. When Is It Best To Buy Tickets?
Buying tickets can be a tricky part of the trip planning process. Time can be the difference in hundreds of dollars. Whether you choose to book last minute, or several months in advance, there will undoubtedly be price differences, and they’re always changing. It’s actually believed that the earlier you book, the cheaper you will get it, though that may not always be the case. As for days of the week that are better to buy on; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays have proven to be a little cheaper than other days when it comes to booking.

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2. Airline Employees And Their Closest Family Get Reduced Cost Air Tickets.
For many airlines worldwide, employees of the company are offered cheaper, even free, tickets for themselves, and their immediate family. In most cases, the employee will only be charged the taxes and duties, leaving the cost of the flight free of charge. This is a fantastic benefit of working for an airline, and should definitely be utilized.

3. The 7 Most Common Reasons Why Luggage Get Lost.
When traveling, worrying about your luggage can be one of the more stressful parts of your journey. We all want the things that we packed to stay close to us, and not be tampered with. Sometimes, it can be out of our own control, unfortunately. Some of the reasons your luggage may be misplaced or lost include:
-It was held for additional checks and not loaded on time
-An employee put the luggage on the wrong trolley, and it flew elsewhere
-The wrong sticker was placed on your luggage by an employee
-Old travel stickers weren’t removed by passengers, which led to confusion
-The luggage was caught on the belt or went in the wrong direction, which can happen during connecting flights
-The luggage fell off the trolley on the way to the airplane and went unnoticed
-The luggage recognition system failed or a label was lost. This is why it’s advised to leave your name and contact information on the exterior of your luggage, so it can be claimed.

4. Locks Don’t Protect Luggage From Being Opened.
This is a common idea that most travelers have; placing a lock on the outside zipper of your luggage. Though this may seem secure, and only you really have the keys to unlock it, there are too many professional thieves who can easily pick it and open it. Once the locks on the zipper itself are pushed aside, the seam of the zipper can be picked at and opened with even just a pen, leaving your entire luggage accessible. The individual can then reseal your zipper back to how it was, and make it appear as if it was never opened. Hard-shell suitcases are suggested in this case, as they are much tougher to crack open if attempted.

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