Home > TRAVEL TIPS > Airlines

Choosing the Airline for your Destination

Are you looking for information on choosing the best airline for your destination? It’s not always wise to take the airline or travel company’s advice on what airports you should travel, nor should you choose an airline company based on price alone. Sometimes by doing research and planning ahead, you can find a much better deal than the airline is able-or even willing-to offer you. Here are a few tips to review before deciding what airline is appropriate for your destination.

Sometimes the season of year plays a very important part in determining vacation price. However, you have to consider more than just price, especially during such a hectic time as holiday season. Try researching the month of year and finding out what the expected rainfall level and temperatures will be for the destination as well as all major stopping points. Airlines may provide different routes based on distance, travel times or comfort. Some airlines will also overprice or under-price a destination flight based on the season. Don’t take the company’s word that a one flight’s itinerary is ideal-compare the locations and number of stops, as well as the airfare prices.



Listen to Positive/Negative Word of Mouth

Sometimes by researching an airline company online you can learn things that a customer service representative would never tell you. Online users may have opinions on the positive or negative qualities of an airline company. Depending on what matters to you most, you can investigate a company’s safety record, their customer policies, and their overall reputation. Many online websites have been setup with the goal to compare and review major airlines according to price, and the quality of services. If you are looking for “the best” then look up the most award-winning airlines courtesy of the World Airline Awards. You could also look up airlines that have been mentioned favorably in national or worldwide polls. For instance, Slate magazine reported that Aloha Airlines of Honolulu received the least number of complaints of all airports, while JetBlue had the least number of passengers denied boarding.

Compare the Airline to the Rest of the Vacation

Some airlines offer vacation packages along with your airline tickets, including hotel stay and car rentals. The reduction in total price can frequently make the deal worthwhile to you. However, be sure to read over the fine print of the airline contract, making sure that there are no exclusions that could affect your vacation plans later on. In some cases, it may be worth contacting a travel agent or visiting a hotel comparison website like www.booking.com, rather than relying on the airline to plan your entire trip.