Air travel general advice and information

Wanting to find out more about air travel, such as travel times, green offsets, getting upgrades? There are plenty of sites out there that can help. This article looks at what you can find out about air travel.

The article covers:

  1. Nervous travelers
  2. Luggage - services, excess tips, packing, maximising
  3. Green offsets
  4. Getting upgrades
  5. Airline tricks to watch for

1. Nervous travelers

If you’re a little nervous of flying, then there are plenty of websites out there that can help.

Fear of Flying A UK based site that tackles the issue with advice, and doesn’t try and sell you a course like other sites.

2. Luggage

Interested in how to maximise your luggage allowance, what each airline allows or alternatively maybe alternatives for transporting your luggage? The websites below are likely to be of use:

Carrymyluggage A door-to-door service for transporting luggage. Rates from £65 one-way and £130 return. If your airline is going to charge you more for large items, then maybe consider this service.
Direct Baggage Co A door-to-door service for transporting luggage. With prices from £35 for UK domestic transfers.
Luggage Guide An extensive guide on airport luggage.
Luggage Limits Advises by airline / journey what your luggage allowance will be. Together with costs for taking additional luggage.

3. Green offsets

Green offsets are a subject that taken a bit of flack in recent years, as the less scrupulous schemes play on people’s good intentions. The government is looking at a new gold standard to carbon accounting more rigorous.

CDM Gold Standard A non-profit making organisation that aims to raise standards in the carbon credits industry. Has lists of organisations committed to following the gold standard.

4. Getting upgrades

Fancy getting an upgrade for free? There is plenty of advice on the web that can help with this. Nothing is guaranteed to work, but these sites give tips that can help to improve your chances.

Money Saving Expert Comprehensive article on how to improve you chances of getting an upgrade.
The Guardian A realistic and easygoing article on improving your chances of getting an upgrade.
WikiHow Handy hints on how to improve your chances of getting an upgrade.

5. Airline tricks to watch for

Money Saving Expert Interesting article on extras that some of the budget airlines charge.


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