Well, here we go, my first blogpost and it’s about one of favorite passions.. Aviation!
I’ve always had a huge passion for planes and airports. Whenever I would pick someone up from the airport in Amsterdam, I would walk straight up to the so called ‘panorama deck’ with my parents. It’s a perfect spot to look at all the giant ‘birds’ and watch the ground staff doing preparations for take-off. Since I fly across the Atlantic Ocean quite often, I know some of the do and don’ts in the aviation industry. In this blogpost I will give you some tips and tricks for buying cheap plane tickets and enjoying your time at the airport without any stress.
The magic of buying the best plane tickets out there
- New research showed that searching for flights using incognito mode or deleting your cookies, don’t necessary give us the cheapest options. A better way to search for the good deals is to use Skyscanner. It shows you a calendar of which days are the cheapest to fly, how many connections you would like and how long you want your journey to be.
- Be as flexibel as possible. I know this might be difficult if you have a full-time job, but you’ll find out that you have to pay less for a flight leaving on a Wednesday than a Saturday.
- Having a connection flight. This might make your journey longer, but it will usually save you quite some money.
- Look for other airports in your area. Germany is only an hour away from me and usually way cheaper than flying out of Amsterdam.
- Some luck. Ticket prices change everyday, so if you see a good price, don’t hesitate and buy the ticket!
Enjoying your time at the airport
- Make sure you have your electronic devices and liquids in a small bag ready for security. This will save time and it will make the process go smoother.
- Online check-in saves stress. You won’t have to wait in lane for your boarding pass anymore and you can just go straight to security (unless you have a checked-bag).
- Bring an empty water bottle and snacks from home. You can fill it up once you get through security. This way you won’t have to pay $4 for just some water and $8 for that sandwich.
- Explore your terminal. At bigger airports like London Heathrow and Schiphol airport, there will be plenty of things to do. Both have an area with an overview of the runways and you can watch planes go up in the sky. Perfect spot for some pictures.
- Chat with a stranger. I’ve met so many nice and interesting people over the last few years at airports. From holding hands with the girl sitting next to me on my flight from New York to Chicago due really heavy turbulence to having dinner with other passengers from my canceled flight at a hotel in Amsterdam. Thanks again for the free food United.
- Something I don’t understand; people queuing at the gate before getting on their plane. Don’t do this guys, the plane won’t leave without you. Just read a nice book while waiting and the gate agent will tell you when it’s time to board.
- Last but not least, be grateful for the fact that you’re able to travel. Flying is becoming so ‘normal’ these days, that we almost forget that it used to be a luxury. So sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!
”Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly.”