Most travelers on luxury vacations will eventually, at some point, end up on a plane. For many, the experience of flying is a harrowing one and often seen as the downside of traveling anywhere. But flying does not have to be such a painful experience. Thanks to electronic ticketing, most of the once painful processes are a thing of the past. Lost or stolen paper tickets and long check-in waits, are no longer a necessary part of air travel. Here are some tips that will make your flying experience as smooth as possible by taking advantage of these progressive steps in travel technology.
Using an E Ticket
Whether you’re flying to board your cruise ship for your luxury world cruise or to end a guided tour, e-tickets are the new way to fly. An e-ticket is an electronic ticket storage note that is held on the airline’s computer. This means that all you need is a photo ID to board instead of a paper ticket. The e-ticket can't get lost, forgotten or stolen, and your travel plans can be changed without the need to print and receive a new ticket. This is usually the best and easiest way to travel aboard airlines. Always ask for an e-ticket if one is not offered.
You can simplify the airline check-in procedure during your luxury travel vacation by checking-in online. Although not all airlines offer this service, travelers should find out if it’s available and take advantage of it. You can check-in online at least 24 hours before your scheduled flight. There are a number of benefits to checking-in online. These advantages include the chance to select your preferred seat in advance, get your frequent flyer mileage added to your account and inform the airline how many bags you will be checking. Being able to do all of this before you arrive will save you time at the airport. Most of the time, you will be able to print your boarding pass. If not, write down all the information given to you at the end of the online check-in process. Plus, the airline will usually provide a special boarding pass lane for those who have already checked-in online.
These new airline procedures were invented to consolidate the ticketing process. In the past, airline tickets were a huge hassle to both travel agents and travelers alike, the electronic or e-ticket system has eased the difficult process. Online check-ins have made obtaining your boarding pass simple, saving you time and the airlines money. These new protocols are making your luxury vacations much smoother.