China Eastern (International):
China Eastern proved to be a hassle-free airline, providing me with the peace of mind I needed. With two included bags, I didn't have to worry about my travel backpack exceeding the limits. Their straightforward approach made the $280 flight from San Francisco, California to Manila, Philippines a pleasant experience.
Budget airlines like Jetstar can be a double-edged sword when it comes to baggage policies. To avoid surprises and additional charges, it's crucial to thoroughly understand their processes. By familiarizing yourself with their baggage policy and check-in guidelines and traveling light, you can explore the world for several hundred dollars at most.
Flying with Cebu Pacific Air from Manila to Dubai presented its own challenges. With a restriction of one bag under 7kg, I had to employ some clever tactics. At the check-in counter, I discreetly placed my bag behind the counter, telling the attendant it was a backpack only. Luckily, they didn't weigh it, but I was prepared to remove heavier items if necessary. Keep in mind that this is just one example, and it's important to be aware of each airline's unique policies.
Though not a budget airline, Singapore Airlines offers a top-notch flying experience. With excellent customer service, comfortable amenities, and included bags, they are worth considering, especially when you value a more luxurious journey. While finding a good deal with them can be challenging, the overall experience is often worth the investment.
Traveling the world with a heavy oversized backpack doesn't have to drain your wallet. You can travel smart by understanding and adhering to airline policies, being proactive, and staying attentive, you can minimize or even avoid baggage fees altogether. Remember to research the baggage limits and guidelines of each airline before your trip, and pack strategically to travel light. With these tips in mind, you can embark on your adventures with peace of mind, focusing on the incredible experiences that await you.
This was all travel that occurred before covid, so don't be shocked if you're not able to find some of these same prices. Nowadays the economy is so expensive, and there are more business deals. In June 2023, I was able to find a business flight across the pacific with a 17 hour layover in honolulu (yes, I did stay a night and go surfing with friends while there) for $1700, where the best economy deals I could find were $800-900 for the worst itineraries (multiple layovers, airports that were not directly on the way, etc), and the ones with more direct routes and one not-so-terrible layover were already approaching $1300. Don't forget to check business if you think economy prices are feeling absurd, though, isn't the price of everything nowadays... at least in the US.
If you're seeking valuable travel tips and tricks to make your adventures more affordable and enjoyable, look no further! Contact me for expert advice and insights on navigating airline policies, packing efficiently, and saving money while exploring the world. I'm here to help you travel smarter and make the most of your globetrotting experiences. Bon voyage!
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