We often forget it, but flying is a luxury — a luxury that can bring out the worst in even the most agreeable traveler.
From finding out that prices dropped the day after you bought tickets to dealing with delays, there are countless ways for flight plans to go awry.
Because dealing with airlines can become so frustrating, a pack of third parties have emerged to solve almost every problem that befalls frazzled travelers.
Except that annoying passenger hogging the armrests. There’s no solution for him — yet.
Hopper offers predictions on the right time to book. Hopper can relieve travelers of that nagging suspicion they might have saved money on airfare had they only waiting one more week.
I mean I don’t even understand why flight are so expensive if we can’t even get a snack on the flight
— Junior Peña (@JuniorTheYoung) March 26, 2016
It seems like airline fees pop up in the most unexpected places. Know exactly what is and is not included with Routehappy, eliminating any surprise fees at the airport.
Change fees are such a headache that a microcosm of companies have popped up to help travelers who might need to change a flight. For customers that are unsure of whether or not to buy a flight for fear of plans changing, there are a few solutions.
With Flyr, customers buy seven days of airfare protection. If the fare goes down, customers pocket the savings.
Options Away offers customers a hold on prices for 2, 3, 7 or 14 days. If the airfare drops within the selected time, customers pay the lower fee. If not, they pay the original price.
Complaints in the airline industry increased 30% in 2015, according to the Department of Transportation. But that doesn’t mean there were 30% more resolutions. Although they say if you want something done right, do it yourself, sometimes the most effective course of action is to turn to the professionals.
Service is the jack of all trades of complaining. Although they deal with any customer service complaint to any company, they are keen on helping with airlines issues — from lost luggage to flight cancelations.
I love the idea of flying, being a world traveler and all-up until I actually fly. In coach. With carry-on bags to stow. And no leg room.
— Jasmine Pelaez (@Jasmine_Pelaez) March 19, 2016
DUFL is for people who hate dealing with luggage. The service, developed with business travel in mind, allows customers to override an airline’s luggage rules. It collects any items travelers want to bring on a trip and ships them direct to their hotel. When the trip is done, travelers leave their suitcase at the hotel and DUFL ships it back to a holding location until the next trip.
LoungeBuddy opens the arcane world of airport lounges to everyone, even those in economy. Although many think that lounges are for first-class passengers or frequent fliers only, the service links travelers with options they probably hadn’t even considered.
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