Flight attendants give tips on how to get the most out of your flight

Flight attendants have the best minds when it comes to making your travel experience easier and these are just some of the tips they practice.

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You’ve finally booked the flight to the vacation of your dreams. Your PTO request is approved, and the budget you put together covers everything on the trip. Selecting your seats on the flight is an afterthought, but potentially necessary part of the process. But what seats do you select, they are all the same, right? Well, that’s not the case if you ask flight attendants. Velloy and UK flight attendants got together to discuss hacks to make your flights more comfortable, including which seats to select. 

Next time you’re booking a flight, avoid seats 11A and 11F according to these experienced flight attendants. Why? Because of their location on the plane there’s a chance those seats can miss out on meal services. The reason being is because meal services typically start from the front and the back, working their way into the middle sections. By the time the attendants reach those customers, there’s a good chance some items will no longer be available. These seats are also typically last to deplane because of the same placement. 

Another tip offered from the flight professionals is to purchase your flights for “off peak” seasons. Doing so will make it easier to get an upgrade in some situations. Everyone wants to fly in the exclusive sections of the plane, but few want to pay those rising costs to do so. Flying during the months that children are typically in school or during the middle of the week instead of the weekend are great ways to get an upgrade. There’s an additional tip when trying to get the upgrade, either be the first or the last person to ask. It makes sense to be the first to ask for an upgrade, or the last person when some last-minute openings may be available. 

This final tip is around the cleanliness of the airplane. Do not eat off the tray tables. While the trays are one of many surfaces deep cleaned between flights, attendants would recommend that you don’t eat off of them. When thinking about the hundreds of people that are in those eats daily, it makes perfect sense why it would be best to not eat directly off that surface. 

Traveling doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. Getting advice directly from those that spend the most time in the sky goes a long way in making sure your time in the airport and on the plane are enjoyable experiences. 

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