Flight Network completed an analysis of over 400,000 flight bookings and discovered 10 common mistakes travelers make when booking flights.
Forgetting to check passport expiry dates was listed as the most common while, entering incorrect names quickly followed as number two.
10 Common Mistakes Travelers Make When Booking Flights
- Not checking passport expiry dates
This is really one of the first things that a traveler should do. Most countries across the globe require you to present a passport to enter or to transit. So, keep in mind that most passports expire every 5 years.
- Entering incorrect names
If you go by a shortened name or a completely different name, like a nickname, remember you shouldn’t be applying those to your booking.
- Not checking required travel documents
Keep in mind that some travel visas can take months to receive. It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure that they have the proper documents.
- Not checking airline baggage fees
It’s becoming more and more common for airlines to charge for baggage. Paying for a few extra kilos or an extra piece of luggage at the airport can be very costly.
- Showing up to the airport at the wrong date/time
It surprises us how many times we see this. Some online websites show timing based on a 24-hour clock and others show timing based on AM and PM.
- Entering the wrong credit card expiry date
It’s so easy to make a simple mistake but, this one can be costly. If your credit card expiry date is entered incorrectly, the transaction will be declined.
- Booking the wrong city
Hard to believe that someone would actually book a ticket to Sydney Australia, and then end up in Sydney, Nova Scotia? Well, it’s happened before, multiple times.
- Not booking in time & paying more
What most travelers don’t know is that the longer you wait to purchase your flight, the more the price will increase.
- Ignoring terms & conditions
Terms and conditions exist to assist travelers by providing all of the necessary information that they need to travel issue-free.
- Opting out of insurance
We hear it all the time. Many travelers are certain they’re covered by their work insurance policy or their credit card company. Therefore, it is important to take the time to understand exactly what it is that you’re covered for.
Flight booking mistakes can be very costly
In conclusion, all of these mistakes can be very costly and are easily avoidable. Please check out the infographic and make sure you are prepared properly when booking your next flight.