Wednesday, May 04, 2011

How to Lie, Cheat, and Steal Your Way to a Perfect Flight

Flying generally sucks, but it doesn't have to be awful. If you're willing to break a few rules and compromise your status as an upstanding moral citizen, the dark side has a few secrets to help you have a more enjoyable flight.
The Dark Side Disclaimer
All posts that belong to the Dark Side are going to feature some ideas that might be a little evil or at least require some flexible ethics. Some things will be downright horrible, and you should not do them, but are either for your information or simply for the point of interest (and will be noted as such). Your judgment and actions are your own, so think before you do anything you read here and only use your dark side for good.

Getting a Special Seat for Free

One of the wonderful things you get, thanks to the internet, is the ability to choose your seat online when you book a flight. The problem is, so many of those seats are reserved for people who have some sort of priority status or are willing to pay around $25 to sit in a seat that's mildly better than the one the airline assigns them. If you feel you deserve a better seat for the price of your patronage and don't want to pay a fee, wait until 24 hours before your flight, or fly the same airline so much that they give you special status, sometimes there's a way around these restrictions. Some airlines handle seat selections through the URL. Why? I have no idea. It's stupid, because URLs are easy to hack.

Read the rest here.

SHOOT: Another thing, arrive late-ish without enough money, and you can expect those queuing behind you to sponsor you the balance.  Happened to me in Philippines.  In fairness, I gave away my last locval currency and then was slapped with an unexpected departure tax and couldn't get to an ATM that worked.

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