Air flight tips:10 Really Great Websites for travelers
Article by Jawahn Thompson
If you’ve got a flight coming up soon, and a little extra time to spend preparing for your flight, you might want to try checking out a few of these sites that offer information and tips on air travel.
1. SeatGuru.com – Started by a frequent traveler in 2001, SeatGuru is a repository of information on the difference between airline seats. The site offers detailed seat maps, specific comments and observations about the seats, color coding to differentiate between the quality in seats, information on seat pitch and width measurements in all classes, and icons that inform on in-flight services.
2. 1000tipsfortrips.com – Those who travel frequently know the ins and outs of air travel. 1000 tips offers advice from people just like you who travel and have learned from their mistakes and successes on their trips.
3. ASPCA.org – What could the ASPCA possibly have to tell you about air travel? Many pet owners often have to take their pets on airplanes, and their site offers top ten tips for safe air travel with your pet.
4. BudgetTravelonline.com – The magazine Budget Travel has a website that is filled with the same timely and budget conscious advice that the print magazine is filled with. For air travelers, there are the basic travel tips about packing, advice on frequent flyer miles programs, tips for traveling with children or for sending children alone on an airplane, and advice that falls in between all of these topics.
BudgetTravelonline also has up to the minute travel deals that have been handpicked by Budget Travel’s editors. There is also a free newsletter that you can subscribe to that will keep you informed on timely deals and tips.
5. Flyingwithkids.com – What’s the best FAA approved seat that converts automatically into a stroller? What advice do flight attendants have for parents who bring children on board? Where can I get a pre-made carry-on packing list for my kids? All of these questions and many more are answered at Flyingwithkids.
This site, which bills itself as a place for “air travel tips for families flying with an infant or small child” has product reviews, advice, packing lists, and travel stories for those who find themselves sitting next to a small one on board. There is even a place for visitors to the site to ask questions that they don’t see already answered on the page.
6. Seniors-site.com – There are special considerations for senior citizens when they are traveling on an airplane, and this site explains what they may be. Tips on getting discounted airfare, combating fear of flying, and dealing with delays, overbooking and involuntary bumping can be found here.
7. USA Today’s Today in the Sky blog – USA Today offers a column in the form of a blog that gives news and analysis about airlines, airports, and air travel. Ben Mutzabaugh posts news related to air travel several times a day on his blog that ranges from what laws the government is passing for airlines to which airports are cutting flights to which airline is beginning to charge for a previously free amenity. If it’s timely air travel or airline news, Today in the Sky is covering it.
Since the column is a blog, readers can post comments and questions about the articles. The blog is also categorized so readers who interested in seeing the pieces just on one topic, such as baggage, can find all related entries easily.
8. Worldairportguide.com – Worldairportguide has taken the information from most of the major international airports in the world and put it all in one convenient site for travelers to find. The site gives basic information such as airports’ addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
9. Smartertravel.com – Want to know which airlines offer the best ammenties? What’s the best day of the week to book air travel? What are today’s top air travel news items?
10. TSA.gov – Six years ago, most airline travelers would have never thought to visit the Transportation Security Authority’s website for information before traveling. However, since 9/11, security has been increased for all forms of travel and especially for air travel.
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