Travel tips

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  • If you are on this forum, you definitely have taken your fair share of long haul trips by plane. What are your travel tips?


    I am lucky enough to fall asleep quickly, regardless of the departure time. Although my actual sleeping time is just 3-4 hours and the rest are naps. As I am particularly sensitive to cold, I keep my jacket on and I wear thick shoes. Of course, I appreciate an extra blanket.

    I also use a neck rest (which should be worn on the side! Travel changing tip for me)



    Travel pillows should actually be worn upside down

  • If you are on this forum, you definitely have taken your fair share of long haul trips by plane. What are your travel tips?

    After many years flying to and from Europe in cattle class we've been fortunate enough to have flown in First and Business class several times since. It really does make a hell of a difference so much so I never want to fly in ecenomy class ever again. I'm still not a great sleeper even in a 'flat bed'. So I forget about getting much sleep and just nod off when it happens.

    We prefer to use Iberia as the flight time to/from Madrid is much shorter and they also have a day flight on the Madrid-Ezeiza sector which is great.

  • Hello everybody,


    So, my 2 eurocents worth.. :/


    I fly from Toulouse France, about 3 hours drive with Lufthansa via Frankfurt to EZE.

    I've tried most of the possibilities and here is my strategy. If you depart and arrive from a smaller regional airport, it is all less hassle and cheaper parking. Frankfurt is the main hub for all Lufthansa flights, so you don't have to change airports, (stressful and ridiculously expensive), and I can leave home at a sensible time, have reasonable layover, fly overnight, arriving at EZE at about 8 am. This gives me the choice of flying to Misiones in the afternoon, or spending the day in BA, then the overnight coach.


    Ticket strategy: I book economy class no seat reservation, no insurance. I do not normally check my baggage, as 10 kg is fine, but if you want the full 23 kg, then book it now. 2 weeks before departure start looking at your reservation on line, there will probably be an offer to upgrade to economy plus or business class. I try to go out economy plus and come back business, this was 1/3 of the price originally. To get the best deal you have to leave it to the last 2 days..but remember you are in competition. 24 hours before flying you book in on line. NOW you reserve your seat on the shorter flight (free) and you register only carry on bags. You must respect the weight, your bag will probably be check weighed at the counter, however there is nothing to stop you from altering the contents of your bag... so I change my heavy walking shoes for mocassins, take off my pullover/jacket.. open up the 'expandy' bit on my bag


    Flight strategy: in economy I prefer an aisle seat, as far forward as possible, avoiding the babies front row and all the toilet areas. I switch my phone off. I have earplugs, an inflatable neck pillow and eye shades. These go in a see through Ziploc type 1 litre freezer bag in my small shoulder bag. Do the same for any medications. I take eyedrops. I read my Kindle and watch a couple of movies. Economy plus is quieter and with better reclining seats (and better food and drink service). I have small headphones , the free earbuds are not up to much.. but using your phones make sure have the 2 pin folding adapter .


    The best tip I can offer is: stay of good humour, give yourself plenty of time, do not stress and fret...enjoy the experience


    My next trip to Argentina is 11 Sept..


    Cordialement,

  • If you're on an A350 (British Airways, Iberia) it's a 3-3-3 config. An aisle seat on the middle 3 can be the best seat of all as you might be next to 2 people travelling together which means that the person in the middle seat will choose to get out of their seat via the side of their partner. There's a solid chance you won't be disturbed at all in an aisle seat, in the middle 3 on an A350 as a single traveller.


    I wholeheartedly agree with @Bombonera and I was about to post the same. My reasoning is identical: if the other two are traveling together, 0% chances that you will be asked to get up. If they are traveling solo, 50%.

  • After many years flying to and from Europe in cattle class we've been fortunate enough to have flown in First and Business class several times since. It really does make a hell of a difference so much so I never want to fly in ecenomy class ever again. I'm still not a great sleeper even in a 'flat bed'. So I forget about getting much sleep and just nod off when it happens.

    Oh yes, that's the thing with fancy things in life! :D Once you try them, you get used to them and can't live without them.

    (Not sure if it is still allowed to say 'once you go black, you can't go back' - Rice ?)


    We prefer to use Iberia as the flight time to/from Madrid is much shorter and they also have a day flight on the Madrid-Ezeiza sector which is great.

    I think they have tricks that would make a horse doozy for the entire trip, no matter if it is a day one or a night one. It becomes pitch dark after meal, anyway.

  • I once took an Iberia flight from Madrid in a brand new Airbus which was less than half full and we had sunshine all the way to Ezeiza.

    I could sit where I wanted and because it wasn't dark, I didn't feel tired at all, not to mention that I was looking forward to seeing Adri at Eze, because we hadn't been together for months.

    I never drink alcohol on flights because there's always the probability of driving at the destination if we hire a car. Besides, I like more than one drink and can't see the point in just one glass of wine.

  • Oh yes, that's the thing with fancy things in life! :D Once you try them, you get used to them and can't live without them.

    (Not sure if it is still allowed to say 'once you go black, you can't go back' - Rice ?)

    Um, that would definitely be “no.”


    I do love the travel tips topic and am glad you raised it. Before covid, we were flying at least once a week for work, usually twice. Then covid arrived, we both decided to exit the work world, and have so loved being at our own home instead of living in hotels that we haven’t taken a single flight in 3 years! Probably won’t remember what to do in airports or how to act on planes. Everyone’s ideas will be helpful on our return flight to EZE.

  • I did once have a whole middle row to myself when flying on a Air China 747 to Beijing. It was so quiet I think everyone did!!


    Oh yes, that's the thing with fancy things in life! :D Once you try them, you get used to them and can't live without them.

    (Not sure if it is still allowed to say 'once you go black, you can't go back' - Rice ?)

    Should say all our First Class flights and most Business Class ones were paid for using miles. If paying cash there are many tricks to reduce the cost.

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    I have to admit being based here doesn't really help as most of the deals/tricks are more Europe/US based centric. Having said that I was looking at Iberia fares starting from Ezeiza not that long ago and they had return fares from Ezeiza to Europe in Biz class going for around US$2500.

    Being flexible with dates helps finding the cheapest fares. Even changing your start/end airport can bring down the cost of a ticket. Collecting airline miles through credit card sign up bonuses and spend can also pay for upgrades.

  • This is the darkest view of travel I’ve ever read. While I certainly get the writer’s point, still, SHEEESH.


    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-weekend-essay/the-case-against-travel?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Humor_062623&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9dbef24c17c6adf41a33f&cndid=55186604&esrc=article-newsletter&utm_term=TNY_Humor

  • Last few years ive travelled to singapore, australia with emirates it really does spoil you. I treated myself to premium economy for a trip to philly last year with british airways and it was much better than economy with more legroom and less seats.


    Since my flight to argentina got changed to 16hrs + i have upgraded to club world both legs, it was 8k to do it which i wouldnt of done it for that price, then in november it dropped to 3k.


    I think the most i can manage now is 8hours in economy, anything more then i wont go unless i can afford business. As it really does open your eyes.


    Other than that, have a drink, watch the TV!