If you travel frequently, then you've
probably had your fair share of bad airport experiences. From crowded airports
and long security lines to expensive airport food and delayed flights, there
are a lot of things that can tick you off at the airport. Whether you're
traveling for business or pleasure, your airport experience should be calm and
relaxed. To ensure your next airport experience is a pleasurable one, follow
1. Check-in online – By checking in online you save yourself time, especially if
you're not checking a bag. Most airlines allow you to check-in on their website
24 hours before your flight. In most cases, all you need to check-in is your
flight reservation number and your name. The whole process should take under 5
minutes and beats waiting in a long check-in line at the airport. Even if you
are checking a bag, you can get cheaper rates when you check-in online and you don’t
have to wait while the check-in agent prints your ticket. You can simply show
your boarding pass, place your bag on the scale and be on your way.
Book your seat before the flight – While some airlines charge extra
for picking your own seat, it's recommended if you don’t want to be sandwiched
between two strangers on the plane. With an aisle seat, you have more leg room
and the freedom to walk to the bathroom without having to disrupt other passengers.
Choose the right airport parking
service – Offsite
airport parking services usually offer cheaper rates than airport parking. But,
when choosing an airport parking service, be sure you are choosing one that's
reliable and reputable. At Expresso Parking, we offer the cheapest valet
parking, self-service parking, and indoor
airport parking services at the Oakland Airport, as well as complimentary
snacks and WiFi and a convenient shuttle service that will get you to your
terminal in minutes.
4. Allow enough time at the airport – No matter what time or day you're
traveling, you risk getting caught in long check-in and security lines. To ensure
you make it through security with enough time to grab a bite to eat and arrive
at your gate, arrive at the airport early. For domestic flights, you should
arrive 2 hours before your flight, whereas international travelers should
arrive 3 hours prior. Be sure to check your airline's website before you leave
to make sure your flight is expected to depart on time.
5. Dress comfortably – Unless you're headed to a business meeting immediately when you
land, it's best to dress comfortably. You're going to have to take off your
shoes at security, so wear shoes that are easy to take on and off. Also, wear
clothing that's comfortable because you're going to be sitting on your flight
for several hours. Wear light clothing and bring along a sweatshirt because you
never know if the airport and plane will be too hot or cold.
6. Fully charge your digital devices – Whether you want to use your iPad
during the flight or need to make calls once you land, make sure all your
digital devices are fully charged before you leave the house. If for some
reason you don’t have time to charge your devices, pack the chargers in your
carry-on bag. But, it's best to charge them before you leave because you may
not be able to find an open outlet at the airport.
Bring snacks – If you don’t want to spend money on
food at the airport or on your flight, bring along your own snacks. Even if
you're not hungry when you leave, you could get hungry on the plane. Bring packaged
snacks like granola bars, pretzels and crackers that won’t get thrown away at
security. If you forget snacks though, don't worry; we have you covered with our Snack Bar featuring free Peet's Coffee & Tea and muffins!
What are your best tips for having a
pleasurable airport experience?
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