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A flight attendant has shared the three major mistakes Americans make when booking their plane tickets, saying the errors often ensure travel chaos.
Caroline, who posts under the handle @blondevoyage, initially outlined the mistakes — and the tips to fix them — back in 2022. However, her video has since resurfaced as millions of people prepare to book tickets for their upcoming summer vacations.
“I hope this can make your travel experience a little more seamless,” the Fort Lauderdale flight attendant declared as she dished her tips.
The first frequent mistake made when booking a trip pertains to layover time.
According to Caroline, many fliers don’t pay attention to the timing of their connections, often leading to unnecessary stress.
“If you are booking a connecting flight make sure to give yourself at least two hours in between flights,” she said, saying planes can often be delayed during peak summer travel times.
She additionally advised that international travelers leave three hours in between flights, which would allow them plenty of time to clear customs before boarding for their second leg.
Caroline warned that many third-party providers only leave 30 minutes to transfer.
“You don’t want to be stressed and rushing from your flight and not make the next flight and then the one after is oversold,” she declared.
Secondly, Caroline said many people make the mistake of booking afternoon or evening flights.
The airline employee urged all viewers to buy a plane ticket for the early morning, as there would be less likelihood of a delay.
“I know you don’t want to wake up at 3 in the morning to catch a 5 a.m. flight,” she stated. “But I promise you the earlier your flight is, the smoother everything is going to go.”
The third and final mistake travelers make is not downloading the airline’s app as soon as they book a ticket online.
“It will help you out so much as you are traveling throughout the airport,” Caroline claimed, saying the hack made the lead-up to any flight so much more seamless.
“You can find out if there are any delays and get information on your connecting flight and which gate it is at,” she said. “There is just so much information on them.”