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Friday 26 August 2016

Planning ahead the key to a pain-free flight

There are many things that can go wrong when you are flying. 

You can end up with a dreaded middle seat for a long-haul flight, find yourself eating awful food or - the most expensive mistake you can make - paying hundreds of dollars in excess baggage fees. 

The key to avoiding all of these issues, and many others, is to plan ahead. 

You can generally book your seat well in advance online - making sure you don't get one right by the toilets. The same applies to food - and you can usually book a vegetarian or gluten-free meal (depending on personal preference), or take your own food with you.

Trying to board your plane with an extra suitcase, however, could cost you a motza - but can also be avoided with pre-planning. 

Say you are flying from London to Melbourne with Emirates; an extra bag could cost you excess fees of £1193 for 25kg,  according to a survey conducted by luggage delivery service Send My Bag. 

Two lessons here then. 

1. Check your baggage allowance (it varies from carrier to carrier, and low-cost airlines are often the most vicious) and make sure you are under it. 

2. If you are going to be way over, enquire into having your baggage sent separately. 

Send My Bag says it offers a door-to-door luggage delivery service worldwide starting from just £25. That's true, but to send a 15kg suitcase from England to Australia in 3-4 days would cost $265. 

Check the small print and shop around - but you could make a major saving. 

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