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To avoid disturbance from small children, you can use a multi-pronged approach: first, try to choose flights that are more of a hassle for parents. Generally this means night flights - some parents may be sure their child will sleep (and not bother you) but others are worried the child will not sleep and will cry. So they take a daytime flight and are ...


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Toddlers cannot be seated in exit rows. If you are able to select your seat, choose one that has an exit row behind it. You may lose the ability to recline your seat, but you are guaranteed that there will not be a toddler behind you.


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Assuming you fly with a second person, you could use a small trick to increase your level on insulation. During check-in, reserve two middle seats which are directly behind (or in front) of the exit row: Since no children can sit in the exit row and parents will want to sit next to their children, you're guaranteed to have nine child-free seats. If you're ...


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When determining a price for a journey, the price is a function of the availability on each individual flight. The availability loosely corresponds to the number of seats that have been sold and to the number that are still unsold. But really it is a tool that can be actively used to manage supply. The airline will open cheap seats if demand is weak and ...


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Bring $20 - $50 cash. After you board, if you happen to be near a toddler, find a more preferable seat that seems to have a solo passenger in it, and make an attractive cash offer to the person who currently has that seat to switch with you. Be upfront with your reason for wanting to switch, as they will likely be suspicious otherwise.


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Rather than using earplugs, get some headphones and listen to music or something. It'll give you something else to focus on rather than the toddler. This is the approach lots of computer programmers use in open-plan offices, by the way. If you're wanting to sleep, then choose classical music. The following is just speculation, but it may work: try having a ...


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You may avoid such problems if you travel first class. On the long term you may not be all that better off, as by the time you get used to traveling first class your tolerance of imperfections may decrease. See e.g. this review of Royal First Class travel on Thai Airways.


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If you have booked two separate items, a flight reservation and a hotel booking, and paid only the airfare portion of the bill, then perhaps the third party will allow you to keep the air. If you booked a package deal, airfare plus hotel and have paid 400 towards that package then you are stuck with that package to continue with or cancel in its entirety. ...


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While long haul, no layover flights may seem advantageous, this is one area where a multi-hop flight has advantages. If you are seated in an inconvenient manner, you don't have to deal with it the entire flight, the next flight will provide a different seating, and even if that one is inconvenient you'll at least have a layover where you can walk away from ...


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We just created https://bookwithmatrix.com, a site that lets you simply copy and paste the itinerary from ITA Matrix and get links to the major OTAs (online travel agents) where you can make the booking. As jpatokal mentioned, for the most complex fares you may have to talk to a travel agent, but this looks at the fare construction and tries to build the ...


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Yes, you can wear it, as even the TSA doesn't have anything against tin foil in any forms. Of course you'd have to take it off for the metal detector, but that's it.


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White noise is particularly good at "cushioning" sound so that the highs/lows as well as ambient sounds blend into the background. In fact, there are very well-reviewed machines whose sole purpose is to make white noise to help block out sound and make it easier to fall asleep. For situations like yours, though, I usually just go to iTunes and play a ...


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This is a common problem, especially if you have a flu and your nose is clogged. What usually does the trick for me is: yawning. luckily flights make me tired in some way gulping. chewing gum and a bottle of water will be helpful. A quick google for "ear pressure relief" adds to the list: "Inhale, and then gently exhale while holding the nostrils ...


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I believe you'll need to submit the claim with Austrian first even if you have booked with Lufthansa. The end responsibility is with Austrian as they have been operating the flight even if your booking was made with Lufthansa.


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Judging from your description it seems like your complaints are mainly noise related. You would most likely benefit from some noise canceling headphones. While there are many models out there, Bose has a pretty good reputation in this area.


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Odds are pretty bad since your ticket is just about the lowest in the pecking order and it's a really busy travel weekend. You can monitor prices for the flights: if they go up, seats are filling quickly. If they stay or go down, there is plenty open. Current low bidder for 7/4 is Alaska at $160 non stop. 7/3 seems fuller: American offers a one stop for ...


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Spirit Airlines charges for advance seat assignments, so yes you need to pay if you want to request seating in advance. Just because you have a child traveling with you is not grounds for them to waive that fee. That said, in most likelihood, the counter agent checking you in or the automatic assignment algorithm will take into consideration that you are ...


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As a general rule, the major airlines are pretty reasonable when it comes to carry-ons. If you are not trying to drag a steamer trunk into the cabin, they will usually let you slide, and if they do have to stop you, they will usually check your bag on a courtesy basis and not charge you. This is not true of Spirit and some of the European budget airlines, ...


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Etihad Airways require to check your musical instrument, from Etihad's policy: Musical instruments must be transported as checked baggage only. So it all comes down to the size and wight of Tabla Set. If you can fit it in a proper bag and are less then 7kg, you are good to go. Each item must not exceed dimensions of 115 cm (40x50x25). You can ...


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This is a common problem, especially if you have a flu and your nose is clogged. What usually does the trick for me is: yawning. luckily flights make me tired in some way gulping. chewing gum and a bottle of water will be helpful. A quick google for "ear pressure relief" adds to the list: "Inhale, and then gently exhale while holding the nostrils ...


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The best way is to have a chewing gum. You can also block your nostrils, close your mouth and push the air through your ear conduits. If you have a cold, it might get worse. There are some medicines available to take before the flight.



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