Status: 06.12.2023, 04:59 a.m.
By: Laura Knops
If you travel by plane, you want to receive the best possible service. A flight attendant explains how passengers increase their chances of getting an upgrade or additional perks.
Whether it's the best time to fly, earning bonus miles or the prospect of an upgrade, flight attendants are the best people to talk to when it comes to tips and advice about flying. After all, they spend an enormous amount of time high above the clouds. Stella Connolly, an experienced flight attendant from New York, shares the best tips for long flights and insiders from the airline business on her Youtube channel Fly With Stella. The New Yorker worked for years for one of the largest U.S. airlines. She is therefore very familiar with how passengers can increase the chances of better service – and why you should definitely fly early in the morning.
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Better service and punctuality: If you get on the plane early in the morning, you can expect some advantages. © imagebroker/Imago
The best time of day to fly is clearly early in the morning, according to flight attendant Stella Connolly. Accordingly, the first planes of the day are often the most punctual. "Early morning flights are best," flight attendant Stella Connolly told NBC News. "They are almost always on time. If a flight is delayed during the day, there is a snowball effect and the likelihood of a flight being delayed increases. I recommend flying early."
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If you would like to crawl into bed at the thought of getting up early, you should think about other advantages of an early flight in addition to punctuality. After all, a punctual flight not only means that passengers have to expect less waiting time. On the first flight of the day, there is usually also a better mood on the plane. Have you ever thought that a punctual flight also puts the flight crew in a better mood?
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Just as delayed flights cause bad mood and resentment among guests, delays also affect flight attendants and pilots. Just like the passengers, the crew also wants to get home on time without overtime. "We're happier when the flight takes off on time," explains Stella Connolly.
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Another advantage of an early flight: the planes in the morning are particularly clean. In the evening, the aircraft are thoroughly cleaned. Between flights, on the other hand, only coarse cleaning is carried out. In addition to certain times, passengers should also not fly on certain days. On holiday weekends, many people want to travel. Holidays are therefore particularly bad for flying. Overbooked flights do not allow for upgrades or seat changes, and are often delayed due to the high volume of guests.