Planning on booking tickets from Washington IAD to Hyderabad this summer? Awesome! Packed all your needs? I am sure you must have done that. But before going anywhere, you need to know some tips that might be handy to you. So go on read right below.
- Know the difference between “direct” and “nonstop” flights, and always opt for the latter. Unlike non-stops, direct flights can touch down at other airports on the way to their ultimate destinations. So choose wisely.
- Make sure you buy your ticket under the exact name that appears on your ID. You surely don’t want trouble. Do you?
- Select your seats ASAP. If you have a disability and need a premium seat in the bulkhead, tell the agent when you make your reservation rather than at the airport.
- Get to your gateway city as early as you can. Since delays stack up as the day progresses, it’s smart to book the first flight you can into a hub.
- Double-check foreign document requirements. Some countries―like Chile, Kenya, and India―require a visa for entry; others, like South Africa, won’t allow entrance unless a traveler’s passport contains at least two blank, unstamped pages. You need to be aware of such requirements before you make your flight reservations or you could get stuck Stateside.
- Set your luggage apart from the pack. When passengers use ribbons and bows, they can be torn off in the transporting process.
- Pack your electronics in a single layer. When things are tossed in haphazardly or jumbled together, they spend more time determining what they are and have to manually check bags so it becomes even messier for us because it is tough for them to hold their patience with so many passengers.
- Do your own bag check before you leave. That might help you with clarity at the security check regarding what you are carrying.
- Know your airport’s code. It’s easy for luggage-destination tags to get mixed up at a curbside check-in. Learn the three-letter airport code for your destination and make sure your skycap labels the bag properly.
- Ask about your options. Don’t go traveling with doubt.
- Exercise caution in duty-free shops. Not everything in duty-free is a bargain.
- Spring for an afternoon in the lounge. For a fee usually about a little amount a day, which you can pay on the spot, you can take advantage of the snacks, uncrowded bathrooms and comfy chairs at most airline club lounges, plus you can get help from the club’s dedicated ticket agents.
- Corral your in-flight necessities. Blocking the aisle during boarding while you dig for gum, a book, or a snack can delay the entire plane. Dezirae Bridges, a Delta flight attendant for 11 years, suggests packing small must-haves in a resealable gallon-size bag that you can toss onto the seat while you put away everything else.
- Stow your bag near your seat. It’s tempting to toss your suitcase into the first empty space you see, but that slows down deplaning, as passengers who had to stow their bags near the back move downstream to collect their belongings.
- Call for help. If you’ve missed a connection, don’t stand in line to rebook with a gate agent. Instead, use your cell phone to call the airline’s customer-service number.
- Utilize cell-phone lots. Free-parking areas where drivers can wait for the “I’m here” call for 30 minutes or longer have sprung up at more than 50 airports in the last few years.
- Get fed fast. To have dinner waiting in your hotel room when you arrive, call and order room service from the road.
So with these little tips before you start your trip, I hope your Washington to Hyderabad trips goes well and fine. Bon Voyage!