What’s the worst thing that has happened to you while travelling? Flight and hotel booking has to be the number one culprit of most terrible travel experiences.
All you needed was to get to your destination one hour early, only to be told that your trip would be three hours late. So you sit on the runway for all of 120 minutes trying to calm yourself down. Your troubles were far from over.
The minute you land, you find out that your luggage was missing. At this point, you are grievously offended and cannot imagine things getting worse than that.
Until you arrive at your hotel room and it dawns on you just how similar it is to your last blind date. The hotel room does not quite live up to your expectations – most of the amenities are missing or do not appear as advertised.
What was meant to be a relaxing holiday turns out into a nightmare because you did not avoid the pitfalls of flight and hotel booking.
How do you make sure that your flight and hotel booking doesn’t give you unpleasant surprises?
Flight and hotel booking tips
- Research on in-flight experiences and customer reviews: Ask your travel agent which airline has better sitting and entertainment options, more legroom or meal service. Check reviews on trip advisor to find out what others had to say about the hotel you wish to book.
- Join a frequent flyer program: Giving your frequent flyer number during booking might get you a good seat at the plane especially if you’re a high ranking member.
- Use the correct arrival and departure dates: Check to ensure that your flight arrives just in time for check-in at your hotel room. If you book the wrong arrival date and you end up arriving at your destination the next day, you would have paid a non-refundable fee for a room you wouldn’t use. This is especially important if you’re crossing the International Date Line which will affect your check-in dates. Have someone look over your booking before you press the ‘pay’ button.
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In the meantime, find solace in these tweets, constructed in a no-damn-given fashion, highlighting some of the worst flight and hotel experiences ever. The Twitterverse had a lot to say on the subject and you will definitely relate to some of these experiences. Here we go.
When an airline charges extra and you’re not having it 🙅🏿🗣
Airlines, if you charge me extra for an exit row, I’m charging people to leave in the event of an emergency. Rules of the game.
— Matt Braunger (@Braunger) September 24, 2014
When you book a seat next to a man spreader
— Kit Whelan (@kitwhelan) December 14, 2015
When your patience is tested beyond measure
My flight won’t take off. stewardess got black eye when bag fell out of overhead. This is the biggest “be a good person” test of my life.
— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) August 6, 2014
When bad karma happens
Missed my flight and this airport restaurant is playing Blurred Lines and Beyonce’s Halo at the same time. It is the hell I deserve.
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) September 27, 2013
When your flight needs a little nudge to get started
Interesting Fact: The only way to get an airline to start the boarding of my plane is for me to unpack my laptop and try to work.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 5, 2015
When you start making plans for the afterlife 👼🏾
when the airplane pilot says it’s “just a little turbulence” pic.twitter.com/c41w1xW2ZM
— wet hot 🇺🇸 dumbass (@ohrle_) July 5, 2014
When you found out you’d played yourself
You know you’re on a small plane when there is no sink in the airplane bathroom. 👐🚫😝😷
— Gillian Jacobs (@GillianJacobs) August 15, 2014
When they lose your luggage
Ah there’s nothing like hand washing then blow drying your underwear because the airline lost your luggage and you are STRANDED!!!
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) April 20, 2014
When your luggage didn’t get the memo
Looks like the bags didn’t sprint as quick as I did #travelfail
— Maria (@minimull) January 3, 2016
When your flight’s delayed
I’m cold and tired and my flight’s delayed.
I know… starving children…
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) July 25, 2013
When you came too late to the party
Just missed my 17th flight of this year hwg 😭
— Megan McCormack (@MegancMccormack) November 8, 2017
When you’re living in 2050 and tech hasn’t caught up with you
We have put humans on the moon, invented Inspector Gadget type watches yet it is still impossible to book a flight on the phone using miles.
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) April 27, 2015
When you travel with kids
Asked to switch seats on the plane because I was sitting next to a crying baby. Apparently, that’s not allowed if the baby is yours.
— Ilana Wiles (@mommyshorts) February 12, 2014
When the party don’t stop in your hotel room
— Thomas Moradpour (@TomMoradpour) September 13, 2017
When you witness the Big Bang
— Amy Sun (@amysundae) December 8, 2012
When your major key 🔑 just won’t work
Hotel status: Key wouldn’t work. Got new one. Didn’t work. Maintenance comes. I was using it wrong. They go. I lock myself out of the room.
— Robert R. (@KingOctavious) November 7, 2017
When your flight and hotel booking was done right
I am in my hotel room. I have done it. I am here and did not end up in the wrong country. And… breathe 😊
— Abby (@abbylockett97) November 6, 2017
When you have to face the man in the mirror
Dear hotels, Please stop putting bathroom mirrors in the worst places. Sincerely, no, I do not need a full length mirror next to the toilet
— FREDDY (@FreddyAmazin) November 17, 2011
When there’s a snorer next door
Just checked into the nicest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in, but there’s a snorer! Next door? Above? At least…THAT HAD BETTER BE SNORING.
— Heather B. Armstrong (@dooce) March 30, 2010
When your flight tickets and hotel fees were too expensive
I think I have post-holiday recession.
— Tom Bodett (@TomBodett) December 28, 2012
When you are now experimenting other modes of travel because you think flights are trash 💯
I only travel by hot air balloon.
— Natasha Leggero (@natashaleggero) February 18, 2013