Enjoy First-Class Comfort in Coach

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Tips for vacation travelers and business frequent flyers, focusing on how to get luxury upgrades at little to no cost. Also highlights the best bargains and tips for maximizing travel comfort.

Even as travelers look forward to vacationing during the last months of summer and over Labor Day weekend; many dread the concept of long flights spent cramped in coach class enduring “second-class” treatment. Sometimes even the savviest travelers are not always able to get an upgrade, but according to Theo Brandt-Sarif, editor of http://www.travelexpert.com economy travel doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. “As the old saying goes,” says Brandt Sarif, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Today’s travelers, be they frequent flyers, corporations, honeymooners or pleasure seekers, are all looking for the same thing: affordable travel in relative comfort.

In his new book, Guerrilla Travel Tactics, Brandt-Sarif – a man with eight million miles behind him – shares some insider secrets for making the most of your in-flight experience regardless of where on the plane your seat is located. Some of those tips may surprise you. According to Brandt-Sarif, some savvy world travelers will actually choose coach over first class. “Unless I’m flying overnight and need a first class seat that reclines so I can sleep, I always choose a coach class seat next to one or two vacant seats over an upgrade,” says Brandt-Sarif. “I find the space and relative privacy that scenario affords me much more desirable than sitting next to another passenger in comfy-but-close first class.” Also, since most airlines charge at least a nominal fee for upgrading, it doesn’t make sense to pay for a standard of service that frequently falls short of the ideal.

Here are some practical steps the average traveler can take to maximize comfort in coach:

  •     Ask and you shall receive – request desirable coach seating when you book your ticket
  •     Block the box! If you have elite flyer status or paid full coach fare, some airlines will block middle seats to give you more room to stretch out
  •     Travel in twos, book an aisle and a window and gamble on an open middle seat
  •     Best seat in the house – don’t discount the benefits of sitting at the back of the plane. Sitting at the back will often offer more room, less noise and fewer germs. It may reduce the risk of catching airborne viruses and head colds.
  •     Pick your spot by name – If a middle seat is all that’s available, see if one is available between two people with the same last name. Chances are good they’re related and one of them will switch with you
  •     Scope out extra blankets and pillows as soon as you board – savvy travelers will often bring their own to ensure their comfort
  •     I’ll have what she’s having – most airlines have special meal options that you can order in advance, or you can brown bag it.
  •     Sssh! Invest in a good brand of noise reduction ear phones. They will operate with most airplane audio systems, and make great ear plugs for catching an uninterrupted nap.

These and other important tips are available to travelers free at http://www.freetravelreport.com

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