From check-in to passenger perks, your insider guide to travelling smarter, for business and pleasure
FLYING BY THE SEAT
Seatguru.com knows which aircraft seats don’t recline and which ones intersect head or galley traffic, but it doesn’t have this red-eye tip: right-side sleepers should book window seats on the plane’s right (leftside sleepers, the reverse) for maximum privacy and comfort. BONUS: A recent Emory University/boeing study showed that window seats risk lower disease transmission inflight.
TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY
Seat selection fees are the new normal. While tight connections merit paying for a quickdeboarding forward seat (and carry-on luggage), travelling with a child under 12 often scores free adjacent-seat selection. For the frugal: set a calendar reminder for 24 hours and one minute before flying and cue up online check-in. Unclaimed bulkhead and exit-row seats (held for qualified passengers) are sometimes available.
ALL OVER THE MAP • Swoop, Westjet’s
budget carrier, launches this month from Abbotsford to Edmonton and Hamilton, Ontario, with U.S. and resort destinations promised. New B.c.-direct routes include YYJ to Montreal and Whitehorse, and YVR to Kauai, Mexico City, Nagoya and Zurich, with rumours of Norwegian and Brazilian flights to come.
• Turn a Toronto business
trip into leisure travel: U.S. boutique chain Kimpton opens the four-star Saint George hotel on prime Bloor Street West in July (rates from $350). With low-cost airlines Flair, Wow and Primera offering European flights from $199 this summer, make YYZ your jumping-off point. POINTS CURRENCY Ever use your points for business travel, and regret that you couldn't expense it? Request a receipt for the dollar value of your ticket, using the ticket (not confirmation) number. Look for “request receipt” on airline websites and self-check-in terminals, or ask at the ticketing counter.