5 Simple Ways to Make Air Travel More Fun
More legroom and free food across the board is fantastic, but priority access through airport security and first-on, first-off privileges at boarding and deplaning make any price an airline decides to charge worth it. The preference at security literally allows you to leave 30 to 60 minutes later for the airport. And, without doubt, it's easier to get work done in a better seat, particularly when in first class.
Get a Monthly WiFi Plan
I'm sure others exist, but GoGo seems to be the most popular and widely accessible company providing in-flight WiFi access.
It seems, however, that on every flight I take the a la carte options change. Five bucks for an hour, $20 for an entire flight and so on. I don't even remember what I pay for my monthly, unlimited access GoGo subscription, but it's worth it. No hassles. No deciding which plan to go with. I just fire up my browser, log-in and I'm online for as long as I need to be.
Don't Be a Jerk
I shouldn't be surprised, but a considerable number of flyers are complete jerks in the airport and/or on the airplane. They show zero respect for the crews who work the gates and aircrafts. In fact, I've seen such annoyingly horrible examples of rudeness recently I had to put every ounce of restraint I have into not calling out the perp or perps.Anyway, be nice to people and you might receive direct and/or indirect air travel-related karma. Case in point: On two flights in a row this past summer, the crew at the gate called me to the podium to ask if I would mind switching from row three to row 10 (these are the two Main Cabin Select rows on Virgin America) so a family could sit together. On each occasion, it took all of half a second for me to say "sure, no problem." The crew member, most expressively the first time, seemed stunned that I was so cooperative. In fact, he couldn't say enough about my gracious, immediate and no-questions-asked response. That got me, without even asking, a $100 travel credit. I didn't do anything to deserve the $75 delay credit that mysteriously showed up in my account after being grounded in San Francisco for a few hours last month, but I'm convinced it was some sort of cosmic reward for not complaining and grumping around like so many other passengers were that day.
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