Flying Smart: Get Connected Before You Fly

Should You Join Your Airline’s Award Program? How About Downloading Their App?

The answers to these questions are yes and yes.

If you are new to air travel, or if you just want to improve your air travel days, then read on to learn why getting connected to your airline before you fly can help improve every part of your travel experience.

Why Should You Join Your Airline’s Award (Frequent Flyer) Program?

It’s not necessarily to get free flights—but you can do that if you want. What’s most important about joining an award / frequent flyer program is that you will create a profile with the airline that includes your relevant information: legal name, credit card details, passport number, and Known Traveler Number (an example of a KTN is your TSA Pre number). You’ll do this once, and it will autofill every time you purchase a ticket from that airline. This will be helpful if there is a problem on your travel day, and you need to make a change on the spot: no stress, no fumbling, just swipe, tap, and fly.

Why Should You Download Your Airline’s App?

If there are any problems with your flights—before, during, or after your flight—you’re going to be glad you’ve got your airline’s app downloaded on your phone. Here’s why:

  1. You will not squint a monitor in a crowded airport concourse.
  2. You will stand in line at an airline service desk.
  3. You will not be stuck on hold.

Instead, if things go wrong with your flights, you’ll know your options right away because all of your airline’s information is right there on your phone. And you’ll be able to make your changes with a touch and a swipe.

Fly Smart: Get Connected To Your Airline Before You Fly

Most people don’t realize how spending just thirty minutes getting connected to their airline can save them headaches and frustration, and hours—maybe even days—when traveling.

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    Tom Costley

    When Tom Costley founded Overland in 1984, he sought to create experiences for young people that were fun, where new friendships could grow, where natural beauty was embraced, where there were real and varied challenges, and where Overland’s students would achieve something of importance to them. Overland’s focus on small groups, carefully crafted trips, and superlative leadership has made it a leader in the summer camp world. Overland’s commitment to excellence in everything it does has led to its success: over the past four decades, Overland has served 40,000 students and 5,000 trip leaders. Tom writes about the outdoors and travel from Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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