I need help booking a flight.?
I got a job offer and I need to fly to Pittsburgh penn. I have never flown before so I am asking for advice on which airline to use what to expect things of that nature all tips are appreciated thanks in advance
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I've flown 49 times- You're 1st time, dont do it through a website like expedia or travelocity. It's going to depend what airport you're leaving from that will determine the airline, as all airlines dont fly out of all airports. For your first time I would recommend trying delta as they have the most flights and the most hubs. They also arent one of those discount airlines (like jetblue) who will over charge for everything except your ticket and solicit you the entire flight. The best way to do it, is just call the delta airline number- they are 24 hours and will do all the booking, etc for you and you wont miss a step do to it or get overcharged for an accidental fee. Dont let your bag go over 49 pounds and dont carry anything on you that will set off a metal detector, or be considered a weapon. no liquid either. Usually with delta though, a guy will be waiting at the door and you can give him your bag. He'll process it outside so you dont even have to wait in lines indoors. have your ID with you at all times the people who work in the airport and for the airline are there to help you- ask them questions, I do it all of the time. I've asked them everything from their philosophies of airline travel to if they've ever encountered an emergency situation.
The first poster is pretty spot on, however be aware that if you call and book your flight, you will be charged a $15 booking fee, and most likely get an Indian Call Center, and they have a high percentage of booking your routing incorrectly. You can contact me through here and I'll be glad to help you find your route or fares. http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ This is a good way to price the fares to know what to expect, then go directly to the airlines website to purchase the ticket. Depending on where you are flying from, there are airlines that you can not book on the travel sites. Southwest and American Airlines you will have to go directly to their website. You can use travel sites like Expedia and Orbitz to search for fares, but usually you will find the same fare, if not slightly cheaper directly with the airline. It's always safer to book with the airline itself. As far as what to expect, the best thing is to check-in online. If you can, carry your bag with you. However, your toiletry items and all liquids must be 3oz or less and fit in 1 quart size back. If you have to check your bag, it is slightly cheaper to pay for it in advance online as well. Most airlines have a kiosk to check in. If you didn't check-in online at home, you will just swipe a credit card, debit card, or some Driver's Licenses have a magnetic strip on the back. The machine is only going to read your name and won't charge you anything. It then finds your reservation and you will go through a series of screens before your boarding pass is printed. Your gate number will be located at the bottom of your boarding pass, however, make sure you check the screens because gates can change from time to time. Flights will close for check-in 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to departure, so depending on where you are flying from make sure you give yourself an additional hour to go through the check-in and security process, a 2 hour arrival before your flight leaves is recommended for the major airports. Flights open 1 hour before departure and begin boarding 30-45 minutes before scheduled departure and close 15 minutes before departure. So, make sure you are in the gate area 1hr before you are scheduled to depart. Flights are now boarded by zones, rather that rows, however some airlines still use the old format. If you are not flying on Southwest Airlines, your zone number will be located underneath your seat assignment on your boarding pass. As the gate agent makes their boarding announcements, wait in the gate area until your zone number is called. You'll hand him/her your boarding pass and they will scan or separate it, giving you the stub. You'll walk down a long hallway, called a jetway or jet bridge. Once you board the aircraft, you'll see the seat numbers above the seats, just below the overhead bins. From your right, you will see the seat A, B (C if there are 3 seats) and so on, continuing to the left. If it's a larger wide body aircraft, like a 767, there will be 2 rows, and F and G will be all the way to the left, with F being the window seat. You can ask questions to any of the uniformed agents or crew members on board the aircraft, they are there to help and there are no stupid questions. Believe me, we've heard them all. If you are a nervous flier, you can always request that you be allowed to pre-board. It's not always granted, or you can ask to be in the 1st or 2nd zone number just in case. The worst they can say is no, and if they do say no, you can at least know they are saying it only because they don't want to be helpful. Again, feel free to contact me if you want some help, I'll be glad to help you find your way and answer any questions you have.
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