20 November 2018
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Dealing with the hustle and bustle of the airport has become an unavoidable part of travel. And for those that travel frequently, it's an all too familiar exercise in extreme patience as you make your way to and from your destination. There are ways of cutting down the stress though. From skipping long lines to cutting down the boredom of waiting at the gate, here are nine airport hacks to make your frequent travel easier:
1. Check in online
Check in lines always seem to be longer than expected, which can be stressful in the best of times. Never mind if you're running 15 minutes late. Skip the hassle by checking yourself in online. For domestic flights, Qantas opens check-in online 24-hours prior to departure time up until 30 minutes before your domestic flight leaves. For International online check-in opens 24 hours before until 90 minutes prior to your departure.
2. There's an app for that
Major airlines such as Qantas put out official apps that not only let you check-in online, but also feature flight updates such as delays and send helpful reminders on when to leave for the airport that can help you streamline your time at the airport. You can even access your digital boarding pass right from the home screen of the app.
If you're a frequent international business traveller, it's well worth looking into SmartGate. Available to all Aussie citizens and residents, 16 years or older with an electronic chip in their passport, it's an efficient way to self-process through passport control. If you meet the eligibility requirement, simply walk up to one of the SmartGate kiosks at passport control, insert your passport into the kiosk and follow the on-screen prompts to get your ticket, which will be presented at the SmartGate kiosk gate.
4. Invest in a luggage tracker and smart luggage
If your travels require you to check your luggage, speed up your baggage collection process by picking up a smart luggage tag like a Q bag tag from Qantas. With a Q Bag Tag you no longer need to attach a temporary bag tag each time you fly domestically - just drop your bags and go. What's more, if you check-in online or with your mobile before you arrive at the airport, you'll be able to go directly to the Bag Drop. With a sleek design by Marc Newson, each tag contains world-first technology that synchronises your details on your boarding pass or Qantas card with your baggage. Another great investment is smart carry on luggage that comes with built-in removable electronic device chargers that are especially handy for international long-haul travel.
5. Pack Smart
There are a few things to remember when packing for business travel that will make your trip smoother. First thing on that list is a comfortable yet still professional looking travel outfit, think loose tailored pants and non-crease button up tops - keep the linen at home. The next most important tool is a set of noise cancelling headphones for travel. If you’re heading overseas don’t forget to pack your multi-plug adaptor and portable charger in your carry on, and put any travel toiletries in a clear Ziploc bag.
6. Lounge access
One of the best ways to escape the hustle of the airport is to escape to the lounge Qantas have lounge facilities in majority of domestic ports. It's definitely one of the best perks of frequent flyer status, but those that aren't sitting on the top tiers don't have to miss out. Become a Qantas Club member giving you access in over 130 Qantas Clubs, international Qantas Business Lounges, partner airline and associated airline lounges worldwide, where you can relax and unwind, or keep working without interruption.
7. Steer left at the security line
Next to the check-in line, the security line is a big stressor for plenty of travellers. At least there's some comfort in knowing that all travellers are subject to it. There are a few tips to ensure you breeze through (wear slip-on shoes, have necessary documents ready and your laptop accessible, and don't wear excessive jewellery), including always keeping left. When faced with the choice, most people will veer to the right, which means lines on the left are usually shorter. Of course, it's never guaranteed, but worth checking out next time you travel.
8. Book the red eye
It's impossible to completely skip the crowds when you travel, but there is a way to cut them down. If you have the option, booking a red eye flight will have you taking off and landing during off-peak times. This should mean fewer fellow passengers, shorter lines and a quicker trip through the airport.
9. Be nice
If all else fails just remember to be nice. It's easy to get mired down in moments of stress, but resist all temptation. Keeping a positive attitude when you're flying will make you stand out to ground staff and cabin crew in a good way. They'll appreciate your patience and could reward you accordingly. Your positivity can even rub off on your fellow passengers, which makes the overall travel experience that much better.
10. Sign your company up for Qantas Business Rewards
Aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Qantas Business Rewards is designed so that Aussie businesses can boost their Qantas Points balances, save money on flights and give them access to more benefits beyond travel expenses.
Joining the program is as easy as adding your ABN to your bookings. For assistance in signing up, contact your FCBT Travel Manager or speak to one of our Business Development Managers on 1300 797 826. Also, this month join for FREE^ (saving $89.50) through Flight Centre Business Travel until 30th November 2018. Plus take advantage of Flight Centre Business Travel's exclusive $100 travel credit for future bookings offer. Find out more here.
*Savings are available exclusively to Qantas Business Rewards Members on selected fares only and do not apply to taxes, fees and carrier charges. Availability is limited. Advance purchase and other conditions may apply. Savings are subject to and defined in the terms and conditions of Qantas Business Rewards as Member Savings.
^A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for the business. A one-off join fee of $89.50 usually applies, however this will be waived for any business that joins between 01 November 2018 and 30 November 2018 through Flight Centre Business Travel