Do you know the general tips for booking flights?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] 9 days ago.See history

Here are some general tips for booking flights:

  • Wherever possible, book direct flights, and try to minimize connection times
  • Wherever possible, try to get flexible flights in case they need to be changed
  • Be quick while booking flights otherwise the browser will time out and the airlines will give you new/increased flight rates. In that case, open a new browser and login with a different account in the same airline you were searching for flights previously
  • Appointments - If accommodation is also required then enter the accommodation details into another appointment
  • When booking flights, know the preferred time (on weekdays, avoid evening flights before 8pm. Peak times incur a Uber surcharge)

    • E.g. Some people prefer 10am flights, some are not keen on overnight flights
  • When booking, always ask for an exit row or a window seat

    • E.g. Some people have 19" laptops and it is hard to open in other seating
  • Avoid paper tickets - they are hard to change. Go for E-tickets
  • Leave an option to upgrade to business class

    • Note: On Qantas this can only happen if you have avoided the evil fare types of N, O, or Q (aka ReadyDeal fare)
  • Before finalizing the booking always get written confirmation by having your boss sign a print-out of the itinerary or via email or IM
  • Depending on where you are traveling, you may need to take extra precautions when it comes to protecting your luggage. If you will be visiting an unsafe airport or location, it might be worth upgrading to a more secure suitcase such as the type suggested in "Defeat Dishonest Baggage Handlers"
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