Virtuoso travel advisors, agency executives, and our own staff know a thing or two about spending quality time on an airplane, and they’ve got an arsenal of pro tips for creating an enjoyable experience at 30,000 feet.
“I love Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, and not just because my husband flies it as an American Airlines pilot. Lower cabin altitude, increased air humidity, larger windows, and an ambient lighting system create a comfortable cabin designed to reduce jet lag. Ask the flight attendant about the lighting’s party mode – the instruction manual advises to ‘use discretion.’ ” – Elaine Srnka, editorial director
Choose your seat wisely.
“For long hauls to Asia, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have some of the roomiest premium economy seats, with a 38-inch seat pitch, as well as plenty of entertainment. Cathay’s StudioCX system lets you create your own movie playlists.” – Mishelle Ying, travel advisor, El Segundo, California
Have a drink.
“Conventional wisdom says hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I say: Don’t ignore the wine list! I had my first glass of Château Margaux on an Emirates flight to Nairobi. The airline has invested $500 million in its wine program, and even has its own storage facilities in France. Other airlines use their wine lists to showcase local varietals; Qantas, for example, serves Australian vintages.” – Keely Crowder, travel advisor, New Orleans
Get expert help.
“All seats are not created equal, which is why advisors who know air travel well are so helpful. For example, an airline will sometimes fly a three-class plane with only two classes, meaning a traveler can score a business-class seat at an economy price.” – Michael Holtz, travel agency executive, New York City