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Frommer's Fly Safe, Fly Smart: The Insider's Guide to a Hassle-Free Flight

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Trust the experts at Frommer's to tell you how to fly the post-9/11 skies in safety and comfort!

Planes are filling up again but air travel promises to be a major hassle from now on. Frommer's Fly Safe, Fly Smart explains your rights and shows you how to survive it all -- cramped cabins, scaled-back service, interminable delays and more. Our outspoken guide gives you the ...

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Overview

Trust the experts at Frommer's to tell you how to fly the post-9/11 skies in safety and comfort!

Planes are filling up again but air travel promises to be a major hassle from now on. Frommer's Fly Safe, Fly Smart explains your rights and shows you how to survive it all -- cramped cabins, scaled-back service, interminable delays and more. Our outspoken guide gives you the inside scoop on flying in today's world:
* The latest changes in airport security-plus what you can, and should, bring on the plane
* What to do if you're bumped
* Where the best seats are-and how to get them
* Which airlines lose the luggage-and what you can do about it
* On-time records for each major U.S. carrier, and safety records for the busiest U.S. airports
* How to maximize your frequent-flyer miles
* Where to find the cheapest air fares-and if you've been mistreated, how to complain and get compensation

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"...a calm, measured and detailed approach to safe air travel..." (The Times T2, January 2004)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764566134
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

New York-based author Sascha Segan has lived on three continents and worked for Expedia Travels magazine, ABCNEWS.com, The Guardian in the UK and the Sunday Times in South Africa.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.

1. A WHOLE NEW WORLD: SAFETY IN THE AIR & ON THE GROUND.

1. Security at the Airport: Past, Present & Future.

2. What to Expect at the Airport.

3. Safety on the Plane.

4. Flying a Safe Airline.

2. TICKETING PITFALLS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BEFORE THE FLIGHT.

1. What the Airlines Promise You.

2. Crowds in the Sky: The Business of Bumping.

3. Dealing with Delays, Cancellations & Lost Tickets.

4. Lounging Around: Taking Advantage of the Airport Lounge.

5. The Hub Hullabaloo.

6. Allied Forces: Codesharing & Partner Programs.

7. Questions to Ask Before You Book.

3. THE HOT SEAT: HOW TO PICK THE BEST SPOT ON THE PLANE.

1. Sitting Pretty: Advice for Choosing Your Spot.

2. Seat Assignment Policies for Major Domestic Airlines.

3. The Class Struggle.

4. LOST IN SPACE: HOW TO COPE WITH BAGGAGE SNAFUS.

1. Today's Realities.

2. Carry-on Conundrums.

3. Banned Baggage.

4. Baggage Tips for Smart Travelers.

5. The Well-Packed Bag.

6. The Bottom Line: What Do the Airlines Owe You?

7. When Your Baggage Has a Pulse: Traveling with Your Pet.

5. WHITE KNUCKLE COMBAT: HOW TO CONQUER THE FEAR OF FLYING.

1. Profile of an Aviophobe.

2. So What Can Be Done About It?.

3. Ease Your Angst: Understanding Government Safety Enforcements.

4. Know Your Meteorology: Weather Dangers Demystified.

5. Other Ways to Treat Aviophobia.

6. Simple Remedies for Minor Aviophobia.

6. LIFE PRESERVERS: STAYING HEALTHY WHEN YOU FLY.

1. Health in the Air: Common Problems & Ailments.

2. Obtaining Medical Assistance While Airborne.

3. Tasteless: Dealing with Airline Food.

4. Travel Insurance Demystified.

5. Advice for Passengers with Special Needs.

6. Traveling with Children.

7. BEAT THE CLOCK: HOW TO MINIMIZE JET LAG.

1. What Is Jet Lag?

2. How to Cope with Jet Lag.

3. Melatonin: Jet Lag Pills.

4. Light Therapy: Seeing the Light.

5. Light Therapy: Sample Schedules.

6. The Argonne National Laboratory's Anti-Jet-Lag Diet.

7. When Is the Best Departure Time?

8. SKY HOUNDS: HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FREQUENT-FLIER MILEAGE.

1. How to Play the Mileage Game.

2. Frequent-Flier Profiles of the Major Domestic Airlines.

3. How to Manage Your Miles.

4. The Politics of Upgrading.

5. Upgrading Policies of the Major Domestic Airlines.

6. Alliances & Multiple Accounts.

7. Buy to Fly: Using Credit Cards to Earn Miles.

8. Earn Miles on the Road.

9. Dialing & Surfing for Miles.

10. Shopping for Miles.

11. Dining for Miles.

9. CHEAP FARES: EASY WAYS TO CUT THE COST OF AIR TRAVEL.

1. How the Fare Game Works.

2. Booking Online: Saving on the Internet.

3. Consolidators: The Price Clubs of the Travel Biz.

4. Working with a Travel Agent.

5. Checking Out Charter Flights.

6. Traveling as a Courier.

7. Special Discounts for People with Special Needs.

8. One-Stop Shopping: Purchasing a Package Tour.

9. A Look at the Budget Airlines.

10. THE SQUEAKY WHEEL: HOW TO COMPLAIN EFFECTIVELY.

1. Complaining 101: How to Squeak & Get the.Grease.

2. Here Comes the Judge: Going to Court.

3. Consumer Contacts for the Major Domestic Airlines.

4. Additional Complaint & Information Resources.

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