Favorite Travel Hacks For Airlines
Last week I shared that I had dusted off my favorite airline hack on a recent Southwest flight. In that article I asked others to share their favorite hacks while flying and I would pick a winner to win a gift card. I figured it would be fun to compile them for you all as well plus feel free to share some we missed in the comments.
My Airline Travel Hack – Impromptu Cell Phone Holder
Here is my favorite hack shared in the article last week:
This airline hack assumes you have a phone case (I mean who doesn’t) and that the case doesn’t have a flip stand etc. built in. The only other thing you need is a piece of paper or something that won’t easily rip. A printed boarding pass works perfectly, yes I still do that most of the time.
This comes in handy since your phone isn’t big enough to rest on the tray table and lean it on the seat in front of you. It allows you to watch whatever you downloaded without needing to hold your phone or needing to look down the entire flight giving you a massive crick your neck.
Readers Share Their Favorite Travel Hacks For Airlines
Here are some of the tips shared in the comments:
I Love Dan shared that they like to find free street parking near LGA or JFK, park there and then hop in a cheap Uber to the airport. This can save you quite a bit of money versus paying the $10-$20 a day in parking fees. Just be careful that you know the area you park in and that it is safe. I used to sometimes use a hotel by the airport that included parking in the price and you could book it with points.
Andrew P. likes using that button under the aisle arm rest that lets you lift it up for extra space. This is an option on many airlines and most people don’t know it is there.
Debbie brings a good blow up pillow so it doesn’t take up a ton of luggage space when not in use. Bruno tossed in that he brings a few pillow cases for his to keep it softer.
Our own John Ryan loves the tried and true hack of bringing an empty water bottle through security and then filling it up after getting through. Saving on the $5 waters in the shops!
Eric F. alerted me to the fact that there are things called snug plugs that help with loose wall sockets where your chargers easily fall out.
Pam shared a tablet holder called the fold and go that works as a stand or connects to the back of the seat in front of you. Here is a link if interested in checking it out.
Favorite Travel Hacks For Airlines: Winner Of The Contest
Jim’s favorite travel hack was my favorite for its simplicity but also because it was so obvious and I never considered it. Jim likes to bring a coffee cup on board the plane but any drink holder / water bottle etc. would suffice.
He usually brings some fresh coffee on and asks for Bailey’s for it. But the key is if you have your own container they won’t take it away after the pre-departure drink (if in first) or on final decent. For whatever reason you are allowed to keep sipping on anything you brought on the plane. The distinction on their part doesn’t make sense from a “safety” perspective but it is a way to enjoy a beverage the entire flight.
I was also curious if anyone could pick up the movie on my phone just from the screen shot. If they could they would win a gift card as well. I Love Dan correctly guessed The Protege. I am a big Maggie Q fan so I enjoyed it but it is a standard predictable revenge / action flick.
Hopefully you found some of these airline hack travel tips interesting or useful. If there is one you use that we didn’t mention be sure to share it in the comments below. Maybe I’ll give out a gift card randomly if it is good enough!
I hope everyone is having a happy and cancellation free 4th of July!