No matter how often we travel there’s always a little nervousness before hopping on that plane. Our heads are full of questions: “Will I have enough time at the airport?”, “Did I pack everything I need?”, “What if my flight gets cancelled?”. In this blog post, we’ll answer all of your questions and more!
If something does happen regarding your flight, SkyRefund got you covered. You can check here if you’re eligible for compensation.
Finding the best flight
You’ve seen enough pictures of exotic destinations to know it’s your turn to travel. The so-called “instagram pilgrimage” where you travel from your couch via social media posts has motivated a lot of travellers to get up and have an adventure.
Whether you’re travelling for business, a family vacation or a solo trip, you need to find the best way to reach your destination.
The fastest way is to check on the airline’s official website and book your flight.
If you’re in the mood for deeper research we recommend you inspect some of the flight scanners websites to see if there’s a suitable offer for you.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can check here how to find the cheapest possible flights. If your departure and arrival dates are flexible this would be perfect for you.
Keep in mind that sometimes it would be cheaper if you have several connecting flights instead of a direct one. It is essential to try and have your flights booked on the same reservation, otherwise the airline’s responsibility towards you would end once they take you to your in-between destination.
Depending on how much layover time you have between your flights, we recommend you to book a room in an airport hotel. It’s preferable to have a suitable place to rest and to leave your luggage when you go sightseeing.
When you don’t have enough time for going to an airport hotel, you can always stay at the airport. You would be surprised by the variety of things you can dedicate your time to there. However sleep is always one of the first activities. We strongly recommend not to forget your neck pillow.
When you find the perfect route it’s time to book your flight(s). Remember to double-check your information before submitting it and be sure that you have your confirmation email. After the booking is complete it is time for the fun part!
Packing your luggage
The excitement of travelling begins. You have laid out all your clothes and toiletries trying to make the ultimate selection. Your cat is getting in your suitcase and you’re trying to remember to pack the hair-dryer.
Be sure to check what is the baggage allowance for the airline you’re traveling with. If you have connection flights you should choose the smallest baggage size for your travels. That way you won't have to say “goodbye” to something dear to you at the airport.
The other important thing is to always keep in mind your business or holiday destination. Check the weather situation, consider the duration of the trip and pack accordingly. When everything’s packed, you’re ready for departure.
After you book your ticket you’ll have more information about the check-in date. Be sure to add a reminder in your calendar, if it’s now done automatically. Know that the cheaper flights often have smaller check-in windows!
The check-in nowadays can be done entirely online. Some airlines will even make you pay a fee if you check-in at the airport.
After the check-in it’s time for some last-minute arrangements - buying presents for the people you’re going to visit, ironing your favourite clothes, packing all last-minute essentials.
At the airport
Before heading to the airport check your flight status. Check meticulously the terminal and the gate. It is crucial to be informed beforehand so you wouldn’t wander at the airport, missing your flight.
When you obtain all the information needed, you can head to the airport. It is recommended to be there at least one hour and a half (ideally about an hour for domestic flights and two hours for international ones) before the departure. Thus you would have time for the goodbyes, the duty-free shopping and most importantly - the boarding. Always pay attention to the information displays for any news about your flight.
Larger airports often involve longer queues at customs and at security and passport control, longer travel time at the departure terminal, waiting for trains to get from one terminal to another and more. One of the most time-consuming procedures at the airport is the security check. See our advice here on how to get through it in the most optimal way possible.
Be cautious about your personal belongings and kееp your passport and boarding pass in a convenient place. Listen for any announcements regarding your flight. You’ve seen enough movies to know that if they call your name on the intercom - your plane is about to take off. Try to avoid this situation.
What if I’ve done everything right but something goes wrong?
Unfortunately, you can’t control everything. Luckily enough, we have experience in those kinds of situations. If your flight gets delayed or cancelled, don’t panic!
Read what are your rights and how to protect them. We will assist in case of flight delays or cancellations, denied boarding or downgrades.