Summer Flying Tips

Summer is definitely upon us and here are some tips to help you fly with more peace of mind this Summer.

Summer Flying Tips

  1. Avoid the Really Busy Days

If you have flexibility, as some people do in the Summer then avoid the really busy days. That means, July 4th weekend and Labour Day weekend should be avoided if possible.

2. Take Private Jet Charter

Private Jet Charter is less expensive than you might think it would be. If you are taking private jet charter then you can even ignore number one on this list. Use a trusted private air charter service that has a great safety, customer service, and luxury record. If you want to skip all the searching you can simply book with the award winning ElJet Luxury Private Jet Charter services.

3. Give Yourself Extra Time

Airports are bound to be busier because people are traveling. Give yourself a little more time at the airport. The rule of flying in every situation is that earlier is always better than later. Don’t be left running down the concourse with sweat welling up all over you. Take the time to check how long it will take you to get to the airport and provide yourself with ample time to complete each step of the process in the lead up to boarding. Keep in mind that each step of this process is also bound to be a little more crowded and therefore take a bit more time.

4. Hydrate

Whether you are taking a long-haul international flight or a shorter cross-country flight. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking an abundance of fluid (non-alcohol for the smart alecs). This will help you feel better on the flight and help you with the lag once you get off.

 

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Do you get drunker faster on a Plane?

Not that you intend on getting drunk or acting unruly on a plane but many people wonder if they get drunker quicker on an aircraft.

Alcohol and Flying: An unlikely relationship

The famous Mythbusters teams tackled this very issue and the result was a resounding no. So why do people think that they get drunk faster on an aircraft?

There could be numerous reasons for this and some of them are more likely than others.

  1. People drink more in a short space of time on the plane

On most long haul flights alcohol is free. Free alcohol means more drinking for most and this means that people are consuming alcohol on the plane more than they would normally do. This leads to the false misconception that they are in fact getting drunk quicker than they would on dry land. In fact, in my many travels I have seen people on a long haul flight wake up for breakfast and ask the flight attendant for an alcoholic beverage. Most of the time, they have been denied.

2. The Cabin Pressure

Even without drinking any alcohol it is possible to feel slightly lightheaded. This is often mistaken for feeling drunk. So while the alcohol may not get your drunk quicker, the alcohol along with the general light headedness from the cabin pressure can give you that feeling.

3. Don’t Forget

It is not a good idea to consume too much alcohol on the plane. Alcohol dehydrates and one of the best ways of beating Jet Lag is actually staying very hydrated. More than that if you do become unruly on a flight and get out-of-hand because of your drunken state you could face hefty penalties upon arrival at your destination.

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner Experience

I recently flew with Virgin Atlantic on four long haul flights. The plane in use was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Here is my review:

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Configuration

The configuration that Virgin Atlantic had for the 787 was 3-3-3. I felt that this was very good and gave a little more space then the general 2-4-2 configuration. It is possible that it was just perception but it did not feel as cramped. The seats were quite comfortable even in economy class with a good amount of legroom. The overhead bins were spacious with lots of extra room. Not sure if this was inherent to the Boeing 787 or just the way Virgin Atlantic had configured the planes.

The Ride

The ride on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was extremely smooth. All 4 flights were exceptionally smooth with very little bumping even when going through turbulence. The aircraft is also quieter than many that I have been on. This definitely added to the pleasantness of the ride.

The Lighting

One of the great features on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was the lighting. Instead of pulling down and opening window shades, the Dreamliner has adjustable lighting by every seat window. This lighting can be adjusted by the passenger but can also be darkened by the crew to give the plane a dark feeling even during the day. This was beneficial on the London to Los Angeles route which was day the entire time.

Higher Ceilings

When standing up, it did not feel like your head was going to hit the overhead bins. There was ample head space and room.

There are definitely many luxuries and small details that have gone into the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to make it a much more comfortable ride.

 

 

 

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Summer Flying Secrets

The Summer is a busy travel season in the USA with many of the airports filled to the rafters with thousands of eager travelers. Here are some secrets that may help you find summer travel a little bit easier and more relaxing.

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1. Private Jet Charter

Private Jet Charter is not as expensive as you think it might be. This is the undisputed best way to avoid the clamor and congestion of stuffed big airports. Not only that, private jets can take you to many off-the-beaten-path destinations that are generally near to commercial airports. The reasons for travelling with private jet charter in the Summer are multiple and of course for your travel needs, we suggest ElJet Private Jet Charter.

2. TSA Pre-Check

TSA security lines are a necessary part of flying to keep all the passengers safe. If you are going to be flying with commercial airlines it would be in your best interests to get TSA Pre-Check. This will help you move through security a lot quicker and avoid a long line. Most people agree that the hardest part of travel is actually getting through the airport to the plane, TSA Pre-Check eliminates one of these obstacles.

3. Try Something Different

If you are headed to a destination that everybody is headed to then chances are that you are going to experience a lot of airline travel congestion. If you choose something a little different, a little alternative then you will find that your air route may be less congested, this will contribute to a better travel experience no doubt.

4. Travel Light

If you can, avoid having checked baggage on commercial flights in the Summer. Commercial flying is significantly slower with checked bags. If you need your bags then there is not much of an alternative but if you can avoid checked baggage, then do so. I have even heard of people with good shipping options, using UPS and FedEx to send their bags, think about it!

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BedBox by JetKids Full Review

I was initially intrigued by the BedBox by JetKids as it was something that potentially would have made my life a lot easier.

I was bound for a 30 hour trip from Los Angeles to Johannesburg at the end of May and decided to give the BedBox a try without hearsay but with a real hands-0n experience.

The results were great and I would strongly vouch for any person making a long haul flight with little kids to purchase themselves a BedBox by JetKids.

Here are all the reasons why:

1. Allowed My Child to Sleep

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There is no doubt that the primary purpose of a BedBox is to let a child sleep comfortably on the plane and BedBox by JetKids checked that box. Once my child was asleep somewhere over Zimbabwe, the BedBox allowed him to sleep until somewhere over Paris. This was on the Johannesburg to London route. The BedBox will not put your child to sleep, it will however allow them to rest comfortably once they are asleep.

2. Allowed my Child to Play

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The extension of the seating area that BedBox affords was one of the greatest assets. It allowed us to pull out toys, games and books for my child to play without the toys constantly falling on the floor. We were able to give crayons and a coloring book and it really did provide a great little play area with little fuss.

3. Stored on Plane very Easily

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BedBox by JetKids was very easy to store under the seat when not in use. It is sturdy and could be a comfy foot rest even when you don’t set up the actual BedBox.

4. Great for Packing

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There was no shortage of space when it came to packing the BedBox. Even with the mattress and side panels, there was ample room to pack diapers and wipes. Enough diapers and wipes to last us a week. The sturdiness of the case really feels high quality.

5. Easy to Set-Up and Pack Away

The BedBox is super simple to set-up. I am not particularly savvy when it comes to the set-up for such stuff but the BedBox was a breeze, flip the lid and you are pretty much good to go. Pack up was also very easy and it stored back beautifully. This was really positive from the BedBox.

6. Fun-to-Ride

My son had a great time riding the BedBox. With younger kids I would advise extreme caution. I found this to be more of a novelty with the BedBox as opposed to a practical mode of transport. Perhaps with an older child 5 or maybe even 6 years old, this could be a practical mode of moving around the airport.

Overall

The BedBox was a great benefit on my trip. After doing 60 hours of travel, it still looks as good as new and is in tip-top condition and I did not treat it with any particular care (although I probably should have). There is no doubt that the BedBox will only be of benefit to people travelling with children.

 

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Staying Calm When Travelling

Travelling especially air travel can be quite stressful for a lot of people.

There are ways that a person can calm themselves before travel with some simple steps.

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The Flight Deck

  1. Arrive Early

Time is your friend when you travel. Being there on time will give you ample opportunity to find the gate and terminal and even leave some leeway for getting a little bit lost without stress.

2. Plan

Many people feel that in the age of Google, planning is over rated. Particularly for people who tend to be anxious or stress there is no replacement for planning. Plan your mode of transport to and from the airport. Have a notebook with all your contacts that are important. Yes, you can store them on your phone but phones are dependent on power sources, a paper will be with you no matter what.

3. Pack Essentials in Carry-On Bag

Don’t go overboard with this but if you have worries about your luggage being lost then pack everything that is absolutely essential to you in a bag that will be with you at all times. Don’t go scrounging around the house looking for what may be essentially necessary to you, have a pre made list and check the list off as you put the items in the bag. Anxiety comes from the sense that there are many variables that are not in a person’s control, be meticulous to ensure that you are in control of as many things as possible.

4. Focus on your Reason for Travel

If the reason you are travelling is a valid one then your need to travel is validated. Book a flight that gets you into your destination with enough time before you are needed there to rest up and get back to yourself. Air travel is far more reliable then people give it credit for.

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Are the skies more unfriendly?

Let’s be honest. It has not been a good season for commercial flying companies. Altercations, scuffles and all sorts of other unfriendly interactions have seemed to become a weekly occurrence.

Are the skies really that unfriendly?

What are the factors that have led to this:

  1. Overbooked Flights

There is no doubt that the airlines are overbooking the flights more than they did. However, at first glance this is helping keep costs of flying down. This problem is no doubt compounded when there are weather flight cancellations. So while customers complain about overbooked flights they have to bear in mind that overbooked flights keeps the cost of flying down.

2. Social Media

Everyone can be a journalist. We have voice recorders and cameras at the ready every moment of the day. We can record anything and within seconds it is out there for the world to see. The proliferation of such media has no doubt had an impact on the amount of airline issues that have started filtering to the masses. This is not an excuse to airlines that are conducting themselves improperly but with a little bit of video cut here and a little bit of video paste there, the boundaries of truth can be pushed and blurred. Once again, violence by airlines and their support staff should be publicized and necessary repercussions handed down but this is for sure a factor.

3. Passenger Impatience

The airline industry bears the brunt of the customer is king attitude more than many or most industries. We live our lives at a rapid and instant pace and we expect things to be done with rapidity. Air travel is by and large similar in time to the way it was 10 and 20 years ago. If anything, it has become slower with more lines and delays. This no doubt frustrates people to the point where they are prone to act out.

The simple solution is to fly with ElJet Private Jet Charter.

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BedBox by JetKids Review

Long haul flights are really the epitome of tough travel for many passengers but few could argue that parents with little kids have it the toughest on long haul flights.

Is the BedBox by JetKids the ultimate solution?

Take a look:

Here are some of the pros and cons of this suitcase turned sleeping bed:

Pro #1.

It is not designed as a makeshift afterthought type of item, it really is built to fit a regular seat in Economy. This means that it will dramatically increase the chances of your child getting some sleep on a long haul flight.

Con #1

The price. It really does cost a lot of money. The cost of manufacturing is probably high but at around 200 dollars after shipping to the USA, most flyers will take a long thought before buying the BedBox by JetKids.

Pro #2

If you set it up it will allow your child to lay out all their toys and snacks without them falling over the floor and rolling all over the plane. It does provide considerable more space and comfort even if it does not serve the primary use of giving your child a restful night.

Con #2

It needs to be stowed during take-off, landing and turbulence. Now there is scantly nothing worse in the entire world than having to wake a sleeping child on a flight. While this may be an impossible hurdle for the BedBox by JetKids to get over, it is certainly a con.

Pro #3

The suitcase feature really does make the BedBox versatile. There is enough room to fit diapers, wipes and snacks so that is a huge plus.

Con #3

Buyers have expressed concern over the quality of the material used for the BedBox does not match its hefty price tag. One would hope that a product like this would be a hand-me-down for generations, as it addresses an issue that will be around for ages.

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Landing Before I Leave

One of the questions we get very often at the ElJet Private Jet Charter Blog is: Can I land in one destination before I leave another?

Seoul to Honolulu gets you in 10 before you leave

The answer to this is of course a technical one based on playing with the dateline and time changes. As of yet no airline company or airplane manufacturer has successfully manufactured a time travel machine. However, there still is a certain thrill of landing before you took off, so to speak.

The easiest way to do that is of course to fly from Australia to Los Angeles. When flying from Sydney to Los Angeles you generally land about 3 hours earlier than you took off. This does lead to some issues with people who book continuing flights. Ensure that you book a continuing flight the same day as you actually take off and do not add a day. This leads to the interesting scenario where you technically can board your second flight before you board your first flight. This is indeed a possibility.

This is only a small time difference. If you fly from Seoul to Honolulu you can gain a good 10 hours. For example, if the Seoul flight takes off at 7 PM on Monday, you will land in Honolulu at 9 AM, the same Monday.

What about locally in the USA. Is it possible to schedule a trip in the USA and land before you take-off?

If you take a very short trip across various USA time zones than this would indeed be possible. If this is something on your thrill and bucket list then you will have to get a private jet charter as there is no major commercial flight that gets you in before you leave.

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Big City Private Jet Alternates

The 2 biggest cities in the Unites States of America are by far New York and Los Angeles. These cities are very different from one another but they do share a lot in common. With so many people living in New York and Los Angeles, it creates commuter transportation havoc. Not only on the busy roads of Manhattan or Hollywood but it also creates a huge amount of airport congestion.

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There is little solution to the airport congestion there is a solution though to avoiding the busy airports. New York has 3 very busy airports, although one is situated in New Jersey it is still a very close access point to New York and Manhattan in particular. The 3 airports are JFK, La Guardia and Newark. Los Angeles has the very famous and very busy LAX.

A-listers, celebrities, high level politicians and businessmen of note have been avoiding these airports for years. They have been avoiding these airports by flying private jet charter into smaller airports with similar or just-as-good access points to Los Angeles and New York City.

The best option for flying into New York City with private jet charter is to request a flight that lands in Teterboro. Teterboro is brilliantly placed to give a busy person or a person who seeks utmost privacy, quick and easy access to all 5 boroughs of New York City.

The best alternative for accessing Los Angeles while avoiding LAX is to fly into Van Nuys Airport. Van Nuys is extremely close to Hollywood, perhaps even closer than LAX and gives travelers superb access to downtown Los Angeles and Burbank.

For service to or from Teterboro or Van Nuys airport you should get in touch with ElJet. ElJet maintains exclusive relationships with Teterboro and Van Nuys jet owners to ensure passengers get the best planes at the best prices.

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