Remove Old Luggage Stickers

Unless you want to lose your checked luggage!

History

Forty years ago, and more it wasn’t unusual to see suitcases like this.

I suppose that people regarded it as a harmless status symbol; to show how well travelled they were.

As everything was handled manually at a much slower pace there was less chance of luggage getting redirected.

Now

When you check in a bar code sticker could be placed on your checked in bag.

Sometime there may even be a integrated circuit  chip inside the sticker.

These stickers allow the airports and airlines to run high speed baggage conveyors and sorting systems to get you luggage to its destination.

If you have got an old sticker on your bag then you could find your bag has been sent to your previous destination.

Often a check in agent will ask you to remove stickers, however they may not notice a sticker, or you might use self check in.

Travel Hacks

Before you leave for the Airport:

  • Check your luggage carefully and remove all stickers.
  • Put you own tag on the handle with your name, email address and destination airport. ( add a phone number if you know which phone number you will be using at your destination)
  • Add a sheet of paper to the inside with the above information.

Another Bad Travel Hack

I keep seeing these crazy ideas that don’t actually work such as . . . .

Board the Plane Last

The idea is; you don’t have to get in line and queue, and if the plane is full you might get an upgrade.

Here are three reasons why its a bad idea

Nowhere to put your carry on bag

These days airlines don’t seem to enforce their carry on policies.

That means its likely the luggage lockers near your seat will be full.

If you are really unlucky they will put your carry on in the hold.

You May Not Get On The Flight

Until you have got on the plane you are a candidate to get bumped if theplane is full, or the airline suddenly needs to get crew to another location.

Once you are on the plane these days you are unlikely to be removed. (You may remember United Airlines got a lot of bad publicity when they forcibly removed David Dao Duy Anh, a Vietnamese-American passenger, in 2017)

You’re Not Getting An Upgrade!

I have had many upgrades over the years. . . . . but not one of them was after I boarded.

When it has happened it has been:

  • At check in.
  • At the Airline lounge desk.
  • Called to the gate desk before boarding.
  • As the gate desk as boarding.

Airlines have sophisticated computers and they plan upgrades carefully.

Economy Seat Hacks

Flying long haul in economy can be a real trial, but there are some travel hacks you can do to help you get through the journey.

Using the Pillow and or Blanket

The typical airline seat is built for the average person, which doesn’t include me.

If a pillow or blanket is provided you can use it to modify the feel of the seat.

I have used these items to provide additional support to the small of my back.

Sometimes I use them at the seat fold to smooth the transition between the two components .

No pillow or blankets? . . . . you could try a jumper

Adjust the Head Rest

Headrest with wings folded forward

Although most budget airlines seem to have fixed headrests a full service airlines seats will probably have adjustable head rest. . . . although I don’t see many people taking advantage.

The typical headrest can move up and down several cms.

The side wings can also be folded forward to stop your head rolling sideways as you sleep.

Remove the Arm Rest

If you are travelling with a partner, or even if the seat next to you is empty you should be able to lift the arm rest up and out of the way.

When space is limited even a couple of cms can make a difference.

Premium Economy – Is It For You?

Had enough of ‘Cattle Class’ but Business Class is too expensive?

Well perhaps Premium Economy could be for you if travelling long haul .

Comfort

Although some people says its not close to Business Class in my experience the better Premium Economy seats are often similar to the Business Class of the 1990’s.

Most airlines will have wider and more comfortable seats with more legroom and better recline.

More like a reclining armchair.

Do check on the airline’s website though . . . . I haven’t been that happy with the airlines that only provide an empty seat next to you.

Other Benefits

Depending on the airline you could receive some, or all the following benefits:

  • Priority check-in
  • More baggage allowance
  • Priority boarding
  • Better menu
  • More personalised service.
  • Lounge access

Cost

Expect to pay around twice the price of an Economy seat but around half the cost of a Lie Flat Business ticket.

Travellers Hack

The different airline Premium Economy offerings vary considerably so you need to compare the different offerings carefully rather than just going on price.

Airline Food

Overall Airline Meals seem to have a fairly bad reputation . . . but is it deserved?

The Good

I think its amazing you can be eating a meal 20,000m in the air travelling at 1,000km/hour several hours travel from a kitchen.

I have never got food poisoning from an airline meal, or even heard of anyone else who has been ill.

Emirates Business (from www.wikipedia.com)

If you are willing to fly business class you do get 3 to 4 good choices and the food is usually attractively presented.

Usually every course is presented separately as it would in a restaurant.

I have heard some airlines have a chef to finish off partially prepared meals.

The Bad

It’s not the fault of the airlines that the effect of the reduced pressure and drier air on the plane affects your sense of smell and taste.

To counteract the taste issue I tend to go for the more spicy, or strong tasting choices.

Qantas Economy

To feed the 200+ people in long haul economy it is mass catering aimed at fast distribution of the meals, rather than presentation.

(From my experiences I would say Emirates has some of the better economy meals)

Due to cost and extra weight airlines are going to limit the amount of food carried

That means if they guess wrong some people will not get a choice.

Some airlines do the right thing and if you missed your choice at the first meal and make sure you get a choice at the next meal.

Some airlines (Air Canada) don’t care.

Should You Eat It?

I have heard that avoiding eating on the plane can help reduce jet lag.

Not advice I have followed as I welcome the meal as a break from the monotony of the flight.

A meal accompanied by a glass or two of wine also helps me sleep on the plane.

Special Meals

Some travellers have recommended ordering special meals even if you don’t need them.

Our experience though hasn’t been good .

My wife has a wheat allergy, and some of the Gluten Free meals have been very disappointing.

Travellers Hack

In my opinion the best chance of getting a good meal is to make your menu selection based on the airlines country of origin .

The chefs planning and cooking the meals are more likely to give that type of cuisine more attention.

Where Is the Car?

Have you ever had trouble finding your car at the airport?

One time when I was often travelling for work I went through Melbourne Airport on 9 consecutive days.

I had no idea where my car was by the end.

That is when I started using my camera phone to take a photo of the car park location.

Always make sure that either there is car park zone sign in the background of the picture, or take a photo of the nearest sign!

I have been using this travel hack for around six years and never lost a car since.