Whether you’re travelling for a fabulous holiday, an important business meeting or a long-awaited reunion with family, whatever finds you at the end of a flight is usually pretty rewarding. Unfortunately, the actual experience of getting through the airport and onto the plane is usually far less fun, with a million tiny stresses and obstacles.

The hacks on this list will help you to save time, save money and save stress as you’re getting ready to jet off on an adventure! So pack your suitcase and get ready to pick up some invaluable tips!

Bring your own headphones

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Bringing your own headphones is the easiest way to ensure your flight starts as smoothly as possible. Not only will you not have to buy your own if you feel the desperate urge to watch 2 Fast 2 Furious on a tiny aeroplane screen, but you’re also guaranteed a comfortable and familiar fit. Plus, let’s be honest: you probably need your headphones for your destination too!

Ask for an upgrade

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Everyone’s heard the old adage “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”, but it’s particularly true at the airport. Sometimes, politely asking for a free upgrade (or lightly dropping into the conversation that you’re celebrating something like a birthday or an anniversary) is all it takes to be moved to a nicer seat or bag a free glass of champagne, totally free! What have you got to lose?

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