Best Ways to Game the Airlines

Let’s just admit it, flying is expensive and it is not always pleasant. Luckily, there are ways to make your experience better so you can look forward to flying instead of dreading it and putting off dream trips. One of the best ways to do that is to “game” the airlines so that you can avoid paying certain fees or higher expenses. Here are a few ways to do this:

Take it One Seat at a Time

Airlines sell seats at different prices on the same flight. If you are booking seats for a few people, you will only get access to the lowest prices for those that fit your lot of people. Instead of searching for four seats that are together, look for the lowest number of seats that you need together. A group of adults or teenagers could possibly all be booked as individual seats. However if you have a child, you will probably want at least two seats together. You will have multiple reservations, but you will also get the lowest fees.

Checked Baggage Fees

There are a few ways to avoid checked baggage fees, but the most important thing to do is make sure that your luggage fits size and weight requirements. You can gate check your suitcases, as airlines do not always charge a fee there. You can also look for specials for certain airlines, which are sometimes offered when you sign up for a loyalty program.

Partner Award Seats

Sometimes airlines will work with partners to award seat levels. It can be extremely difficult to find the seats, especially to some popular destinations. However, you can find them if you get a little creative. Search using websites of the partners, not the actual airline. You will be able to find better deals at better locations than you would be anywhere else. Make sure to keep checking too, sometimes new seats will pop up.

Keep the Middle Seat Empty

One of the best ways to ensure that you will have some extra space is to book an aisle or a window seat. If your plane isn’t full, there is a chance that the middle seats will stay empty. Do this even if you are traveling with someone – you’ll likely be able to offer up one of your seats to sit together.

Switch Up Airlines

If you do not like the way you are treated by an airline, do not be afraid to look somewhere else. There is plenty of competition and airlines are at your mercy. Also, do not be afraid of complaining or asking to talk to someone who ranks higher, you might be able to get a deal.

Just make sure to read the fine print and learn the ins and outs of what you can and cannot do on certain airlines.