10 A min­utes stress-free to... Flight

Never heard of these sneaky travel hacks? We’ve rounded up the best to save you time

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1 Ex­tra Essen­tials You might think it’s best to pack essen­tials in your lug­gage, but be sure to carry a cou­ple of ex­tras in your holdall too. Checked-in suit­cases can go miss­ing, so chuck in a few toi­letries and spare un­der­wear just in case.

2 Best seat in the house Head to Seat­guru.com to en­sure you bag the per­fect seat. With over 1,000 seat maps from ap­prox­i­mately 125 dif­fer­ent air­lines – all with re­views and tips from other trav­ellers – the app also al­lows users to view pic­tures of cab­ins and sign up to real-time flight alerts.

3 Don’t ask, Don’t GET if first class isn’t sold out, most air­lines may still of­fer dis­counted or even free up­grades. tip: call your air­line 24 hours be­fore and make sure to ask again when you’re check­ing in. sneaky trick: say it’s your an­niver­sary.

4 Choose Wisely If you’re trav­el­ling as a cou­ple and you’re able to book your seats, opt for an aisle and a win­dow. This way, you’re more likely to end up with a spare seat in the mid­dle (ie ex­tra stretch­ing room). If you do hap­pen to have some­one sit be­tween you, they’ll prob­a­bly be happy to swap. Win-win.

5 think Quickly if you end up hav­ing a de­layed or can­celled flight, avoid the (usu­ally very long) queue of pas­sen­gers in the air­port ter­mi­nal. in­stead, keep calm and call the air­line’s cus­tomer ser­vice line in­stead. tip: have this num­ber saved – sec­onds mat­ter when you’re fight­ing for the next flight!

6 Don’t BE a SHEEP Once you’ve ar­rived, in­stead of fol­low­ing the herd of pas­sen­gers to the taxi rank at ar­rivals, make your way to de­par­tures. It’ll save you heaps of time.

Make your plane jour­ney as pain­less as pos­si­ble

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