Airline customer service reps know a thing or two about travel.
From the moment you step into the airport to when you finally board your flight, it’s these airport workers’ job to help you successfully navigate getting from point A to point B.
What’s more, with the perks that come along with working for an airline, like free or discounted flights, many of these agents have quite a bit of travel experience themselves.
So, who better to turn to for travel tips and tricks than the people with extensive knowledge on the matter?
We asked airline gate agents, ticket agents, and other airport customer service reps to share their best travel hacks with us, and scoured the internet for more.
Here are eight things that could help make your next trip easier and more enjoyable:
Get help when you need it
“If something goes wrong, approach with a kind and humble attitude, and the agent will bend over backward to help you. This advice is worth its weight in gold.”
— A retired airline customer service agent with 30 years of experience
“When you have truly been disserviced and are understanding about it, you might get a free upgrade. Honey is sweeter, and appreciated more, than crap.”
— A retired airline customer service agent with 18 years of experience
“As a general rule, the later in the day you…