Hello fellow Travel Junkies!!
We are sure that all of you have traveled some, but maybe not the Standby way of getting around. Here we would like to introduce some of the more helpful sites and apps that we use get to places as well as try and maximize the stay and experience.
THE PLAN OK- We don’t always have a plan we just see 24 open seats to somewhere interesting and next thing you know we are (hopefully) sipping champagne or more likely making two new friends…(the middle seat is called the friendship seat for a reason).
When you do have the luxury of planning a trip these are the things we think you should be asking youself
When/Where/Who – a start, going solo, have a place in mind, does tomorrow look good?
If not solo who will be traveling with you? How will they get there -Fellow NonRev? Buddies, ZEDS, maybe meetup cause sometimes there are only a few seats open and it helps to take different routes.
It seems in life for me I either have Time or Money, very seldom both at the same time… where are you right now and what is more important for this venture?
Start learning your hubs. Who flies into where. (partial list at bottom)
Start studying the best days to travel. A few years ago I was studying routes to Europe and found that on every Thursday one of the Airlines was taking a ghost ship to Paris once a week to have a ship in place for mechanical problems and we could list on it.
Try and find the best days to travel to your destination, there are great tools to research and we will touch on many of them below.
Watch Seasonal Flights. When the routes start and end they can be jewels as the ridership is not yet established.
Have a back up plan for your back up plan and don’t be afraid to throw all that in the trash and go on your gut.
Don’t panic! VERY VERY IMPORTANT. You got bumped – so everyone does – take a deep breath, maybe an adult beverage – go to plan Q. Or possible look around could be a cool place to explore.
Don’t be afraid to switch Airlines or even modes of transportation.
Dont – Dont check a bag, learn the art of carry on (better to buy new underwear). We will devote an entire section to this in the hear future.
Use your resources – this site – friends (new and old) look online – ask strangers for help. Have another adult beverage. It will work out
If you have some sites that you find useful please send us a suggestion.