Tips For Flying With A Dog In Cabin

Tips For Flying With A Dog In Cabin

Tips For Flying With A Dog In Cabin

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For people with pet dogs, traveling time can be one of the hardest times. if you are leaving your four-legged friend behind, the anxiety and sadness of leaving them behind might get to you even if you know they will be under the greatest of care.

Taking them with you, especially if you are flying, is not also as easy as it looks either. You need to be prepared and keep an open mind. A friend once lamented about how hard and expensive it was for them to take their dog with them on vacation.

However, if you prepare yourself early enough, you can avoid leaving your dog at home while you enjoy your vacation- like my friend.

Here are the tips for flying with a dog in an aircraft cabin:

 

What is the size of your dog?

Unfortunately, a dog can only be up to a certain size for it to join you in the cabin. That said, before deciding to take your dog with you in the cabin, you need to be sure of its size.

The right size is one that can fit comfortably under the seat in front of you. Mostly, dogs weighing around 15 pounds or so can fit under the seat in a cabin but it is advisable to check with the airline.

 

Choose an airline that allows dogs 

tips for dog in aircraft cabin

 

Unsurprisingly enough, not all airlines allow animals in the cabin. Most importantly, the rules are also different for carriers that allow pet animals in their cabins.

So, once you have decided to bring your friend along, call the airline to see whether they allow animals in the cabin. If they do allow dogs in the cabin, try finding out their restrictions and anything else that might be needed of you- and your pet.

Be sure to confirm the size of the dog with the airline, too. If the airline does allow pets in the cabin, it is important to point out that you will be bringing your pet along. It will cost you some more dollars, of course, but with the right planning, they will be worth it.

Most importantly, book a seat in the middle since they tend to have a little bit more space. If you can get one close to the window, the better.

Pet-friendly travel website has a detailed list of airlines that allow pets in the cabin together with the policies.

 

Check if you need a passport for your dog

Surprised? Well, if this will be your first time taking your pet dog with you up in the skies be sure that your personal passport is not the only passport you will be needing.

Countries have specific and sometimes different regulations and getting yourself familiar before getting there will save yourself any unnecessary hassle.

Once you are aware of all the documentation needed for your dog in your country of destination, keep them together and be ready to present them to the immigration officers when required to.

 

Keep an eye on your dog’s fitness 

tips for dog in aircraft cabin

 

Since you have decided to take your dog with you, and you have checked with the airline, the next step is ensuring that your lovely friend is healthy enough to tag along.

Take your pet to the vet for a checkup and if possible, have the vet give you documentation as proof that your dog is healthy enough to be in the cabin. Additionally, while there, ensure that your dog is up to date with all its immunizations. It might not be required in some places but better to be safe than sorry.

 

Get a pet carrier that is suitable 

First of all, confirm the size of a pet carrier that is recommended by the airline you are using. Most of the airlines accept pet carriers that are 10 inches tall and 16 – 19 inches long (some could be less so be sure to confirm). Your pet carrier will also be your carry-on bag so be sure to put all the necessary items you will need during the flight.

Most importantly, buy the pet carrier beforehand if you need to buy one and let your dog be accustomed to staying in it. This will in reducing its anxiety level during the flight because it will be accustomed to it by then.

This article explains airline approved pet carriers along with my recommendations.

 

Take a walk before the trip 

tips for pets in cabin

 

To keep the dog asleep most of the time on the flight, take them for a walk before you head for the airport. A long walk for that matters. If the pet is tired enough, the less anxious it will be especially if this is the first time flying. This will also ensure you are comfortable for the flight too.

 

No feeding before the flight

This goes for the water too. It is not such a harsh rule, and your paw friend can survive. But to avoid poo and pee accidents in the cabin, avoid feeding your pet a few hours before the flight.

However, you can ask for some water or ice cubes from the flight attendants and give to your dog. Just a little bit of it is enough, just keep him/her a little hydrated.

With the water, keep checking if your pet needs to make a wee-wee.

 

Be prepared for the cabin environment 

aircraft cabin for pets

 

Some might be a little bit cold while others will be hot for the dog. Whichever one it is, be prepared to tackle the situation to avoid stressing your dog and making him/ her uncomfortable for the flight. It will be bad for both of you.

Bring a blanket or a cooling mat for either of the situations and you will both be happy.

 

Some dogs are not allowed in the airport, beware

 Apart from the security check desks, most airports do not allow dogs or any other animals for that matter. Usually, just service dogs are allowed. So, make sure you do not let your dog out of the carrier, I am not saying that you suffocate him/ her in there.

Make them as comfortable as possible. When it comes to stretching though, it is not recommended. Some travelers have tried it at the gates but it is a risky attempt. You can try if you are into taking risks but keep an eye on your friend just in case.

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Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

things you should not pack in your carry on bag

 

For anyone who travels on an airplane frequently, you know how important it is to pack your carry on bag properly. I mention in my post what to pack in your carry on bag, and luggage organization solutions, some really important information regarding your carry on. 

You would be surprised to know some of the things that are actually allowed to be carried on a plane. For example, you are not allowed to bring a bottle of water through security screening, but you can bring scissors. I know!

In my article 12 things you didn’t know are allowed on a plane, I show you some other items that are actually allowed on board. Check it out.

 

But In this post, I will show you some items that you should NOT pack in your carry on bag.

  • Fruits And Vegetables
  • Sharp Objects
  • Liquids
  • Lighters/Matches
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Guns/Ammunition
  • Razors/Blades
  • Tools
  • Self Defense Weapons

 

Things You Should Definitely NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

 

Fruits And Vegetables

 

 

There are many countries that don’t allow certain fruits and vegetables to be brought into the country. So if you are on an international flight, it’s important that you eat any of these items before you land. Or simply to bring them with you.

If you try to bring them through customs after landing, you risk the foods being confiscated and you can possibly be fined or even worse. I experienced this first hand and can honestly say don’t do it! 

If you are on a flight going to a different country, you will be asked to fill out a customs card while onboard. It will ask you if you have any fruits and vegetables with you. Don’t lie on this card! it will make it worse if you get caught. 

 

Sharp Objects

I mentioned in my article 12 Things you didn’t know are allowed on board a plane, that sharp objects are actually allowed. Well, only certain ones will be permitted. For example scissors with blades less than 4″ will be allowed. 

But other sharp objects like box cutters, ice picks, knives, cleavers will be prohibited. Don’t try to pack any of these in your carry on bag. You will not like the result after you get caught. 

If you are not sure if your item will be allowed, contact your airline prior to leaving or you can check out the TSA website where you will find out all the information regarding carry on items. 

 

 

Liquids

Some liquids are actually on board a plane. One bag, quart-sized, with any liquids and toiletry items like toothpaste, sprays, creams, lotions, or gels are allowed in carry on bags.

Each item inside is restricted to the travel size containers of (3.4 oz-100 ml) or smaller. This includes alcoholic beverages of any kind. Alcoholic beverages higher than 140 proof are not allowed on carry on bags or checked baggage period.

 

Lighters/Matches

Actually, some lighters are allowed on board a plane. I mention this in my article Can you bring cigarettes on a plane, that you can bring a lighter on a plane in your carry on luggage only providing they are a disposable type like Zippo or Bic. They are also allowed to have fuel in them.

What you are not allowed to bring are lighters like arc lighters, electronic lighters, and torch lighters. These are strictly prohibited. Same goes for your checked in luggage. Any type of lighter is prohibited unless they are empty, and even then you limited to 2, and need to make sure they are in a proper approved case. 

You are allowed to bring matches on board providing they are not strike-anywhere type matches. You are limited to 1 pack. Due to a fire hazard, matches are never allowed in your checked in luggage bags.

 

Sporting Equipment

For any travel golfers out there, you are probably wondering, can I bring my golf clubs on a plane? Good question, click the link to read my article where I explain the regulations on that.

For the most part, any sporting equipment that is either a bat, club, pole, etc.. is not allowed on board. You may be allowed to bring it as part of your checked in luggage, but always check with the airline first. You may also be subject to extra fees for heavy or extra luggage charges.

Basic sports gear like gloves, hats, shoes, is generally allowed and you won’t have any problems. Believe it or not, hockey skates are allowed on board. I couldn’t believe that my self!

 

Guns/Ammunition

 

This is really a no brainer but I thought I should mention it. No, you can’t bring any guns or ammunition on board a plane. But under certain conditions, you can put these in your checked in luggage.

According to the TSA, “Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees.”

“When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.”

 

Razors/Blades

Razors are actually allowed on board a plane. Providing it is a disposable razor for shaving like a BIC or Gillette. These are permitted along with beard trimmers. My article here explains the best beard trimmers for carry on board

What is not allowed is any razor blade not installed into a cartridge. Also, box cutters with razor blades are prohibited. 

 

Tools

Most tools are not allowed on board a plane. There are a few exceptions but I would plan to pack any tool you have into your checked in luggage. Even certain items like drill bits, hammers, wrenches are not allowed.

Did you know that an axe and cattle prod are actually allowed in your checked luggage? But I guess if you can’t access them, then why not!

 

Self Defense Weapons

There are certain self-defense weapons like nunchucks, pepper spray, tasers, that people like to carry with them. But don’t plan to bring them on board a plane. Any self-defense items are considered a weapon and are not allowed. They may be allowed in your checked luggage, for example, pepper spray will be allowed as part of your checked in providing it is less than 4oz and you only have 1 of them. But as always, check with your airline first!

 

Hopefully, you enjoyed this article and it helps you be aware of some items that are not allowed on board a plane. The regulations can change periodically, so just confirm your carry on items with the airline prior to departing. You can also check out the TSA website mentioned in this article, as there are many other items listed there as well.

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Dubai International Airport DBX Lounges Guide

Dubai International Airport DBX Lounges Guide

Dubai International Airport DBX Lounges Guide

 

Dubai International Airport is home to Dubai’s government carrier airlines, Emirates and Flydubai. It is regarded as the largest hub in the Middle East. The airport covers an area of 3,100 acres with three terminals that serve passenger airline- Terminal 1, 2, and 3.

Terminal 2 is separated from the other two buildings. The airport’s Terminal 3, which has Concourse A, B, and C, is the largest terminal in the world and the second-largest by floor space in the world.

At the moment, passenger traffic at the Dubai International Airport averages around 90M annually. As such, it is no surprise to feel overwhelmed when using DBX. However, there are many lounges located in both Terminals 1 and 3 where you can pass the time while you await your flight.

Most of these lounges have flight monitors where you can keep track of boarding calls. Others offer shower facilities and private rooms, which go a long way to help anyone with layovers freshen up and sleep.

The following 6 lounges are among those available for passengers traveling from the Dubai International Airport:

  • Dubai International Hotel First Class Lounge, Terminal 1, Concourse D
  • Marhaba Lounge
  • Dubai International Hotel Terminal 3, Concourse A
  • Lounge @ B
  • Ahlan Business Class Lounge
  • Flydubai Business Class Lounge

 

About Dubai International Airport DXB

Dubai International Airport commonly referred to as DBX, is the primary international airport that serves Dubai and United Arab Emirates. According to Wikipedia, DXB is the busiest airport in the world when it comes to international passenger’s traffic. It also ranks as the third-busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and the sixth-busiest cargo airport around the world.

Some of the leading airlines and the terminals they use include:

  • Emirates
  • EgyptAir
  • Flydubai
  • Gulf Air
  • Air Canada
  • Air India
  • British Airways
  • Air France
  • Air China
  • African Express Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • RwandAir
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines

 

Lounges at DXB

 

 

  • Dubai International Hotel First Class Lounge

Location

Terminal 1 (inside security), Concourse D

Directions

After security check-in at level 2’s transit area, head to Terminal 1. The lounge is located there; At the Concourse D (inside security).

Services offered

  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Beverages- wine, beer, spirit, and liquor
  • Printers & Copiers
  • 18+ Cardholder
  • Showers
  • Premium food
  • Internet terminals and Wi-Fi
  • Telephones
  • Flight monitors
  • Snacks
  • TVs

Hours of operation

Open 24 hours

Cost

$39

Conditions

The lounge is only accessible to passengers using Terminal 1, Concourse D. any passengers using Emirates are not allowed to book access to this lounge. Instead, they should use lounges in Terminal 3 of the airport.

Children under the age of 1 are admitted for free and should be accompanied by an adult. There is also a cancellation policy- 24 hours before the time you have reserved for you to get a full refund.

The lounge also allows passengers to make reservations. However, one is allowed to access the lounge an hour before or after their reservation time. A booking starts upon entry.

If you are a frequent traveler, we would highly advise you to purchase a Priority Pass as it guarantees you entry to over 1,200 lounges around the world.

 

  • Marhaba Lounge

Location

Terminal 1, Concourse D (inside security)

Directions

When you arrive at Concourse D, take the stairs of the elevator on the left side to the Arrivals level, then turn left and take the next right turn.

Services offered

  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Beverages- wine, beer, spirit, and liquor
  • Printers & Copiers
  • 18+ Cardholder
  • Premium food
  • Internet terminals and Wi-Fi
  • Telephones
  • Flight monitors
  • Snacks
  • TVs
  • Children’s area

Hours of operation

Open 24 hours

Cost

From $48

Conditions

The lounge is only accessible to passengers departing from Terminal 1, Concourse D.

At an additional fee, one can access the showers and other private rooms. There is also a theater room available inside the lounge. This lounge accepts walk-in customers, but access will depend on the capacity of the lounge at any particular moment. The entry fee is AED 175 per person and is paid at the front desk.   

The lounge also allows complimentary use of tablets. Children under 2 years can access the lounge free of charge. However, an adult must accompany them.

If you are a frequent traveler, we would highly advise you to purchase a Priority Pass as it guarantees you entry to over 1,200 lounges around the world.

 

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  • Dubai International Hotel (Concourse A)

Location

Terminal 3 (inside security) Concourse A

Directions

After security check and passport control area, head to Gates A1 and A24 and take the elevators to level 6. The elevator will lead to the hotel’s reception.

Services offered

  • TVs
  • Showers
  • Smoking is not allowed
  • Telephones
  • Private rooms
  • Wi-Fi

Hours of operation

Open 24 hours

Cost

From $143

Conditions

You can make a reservation to this lounge. However, to get a full refund, you have to cancel your reservation 24-hours before your reservation time. One is allowed to access the lounge an hour before or after their reservation time. A booking starts upon entry.

The hotel lounge is only accessible to departing and transit passengers using Terminal 3. If you are a transit passenger, you should not exit Immigration and Customs since you will be denied access to the hotel until 3-hours before your departing flight.

The hotel’s double/single rooms can each accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child below 12 years. A triple room can accommodate a maximum of 3 adults at a go, each. An extra bed costs AED 110. However, only 1 extra bed I allowed in every room. The hotel provides baby cots, depending on availability, at a charge.

 

  • Lounge @ B

Location

Terminal 3 (inside security), Concourse B

Directions

Take the escalator on the second floor and proceed to Gate B26. The lounge’s entrance is inside the Cadiz Tapas Bar.

Services offered

  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Premium food
  • Flight monitors
  • Showers
  • Beverages- beer, wine,
  • Smoking area
  • Snacks
  • TVs
  • Telephones
  • WiFi

Hours of operation

Open 24 hours

Cost

From $39

Conditions

This lounge is only accessible to passengers departing from Terminal 3 using Emirates. If you are using Concourse A or C in Terminal 3, you must allow yourself at least 20-40 minutes to reach your departure gate.

An adult must accompany children. Also, children under 2 years are admitted for free. The lounge has offsite shower facilities available at the Dubai International Hotel upon request. The hotel is at least 10-minutes away from the lounge. The lounge also has complimentary massage chairs.

Drinks like liquor and spirits are available at a fee, although select liquors and drinks are available as complimentary. In the month of Ramadan, alcoholic beverages are only available from 20:00-03:00 upon request.

The lounge also allows passengers to make reservations. However, one is allowed to access the lounge an hour before or after their reservation time. A booking starts upon entry.

 

  •  Ahlan Business Class Lounge

Location

Terminal 1 (inside security), Concourse D

Directions

Head to the Arrivals Area in Level 2. You will see the lounge in Terminal 1.

Services offered

  • Smoking Area
  • Flight Monitors
  • Premium Food
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Telephones (calls within Dubai are free)
  • Snacks
  • Wi-Fi and internet ports
  • TVs
  • Air conditioning
  • Prayer room
  • Fax

Hours of operation

Open 24 hours

Cost

The rates available online are:

3 hours- 28.00 GPB per person

6 hours- 35.00 GBP per person

Conditions

This lounge is reserved for passengers with specific credential like premium tickets, elite status, or other requirements that qualify for entry.

For guaranteed entry, you can purchase a one-time pass regardless of the airline or class of service you are using. However, a 24-hour prior notice is needed for any cancellations. Passengers with a Priority Pass can use this to their advantage as they have access to over 1200 airport lounges around the world.

The lounge offers Spa services at a fee.

 

  • Flydubai Business Class Lounge

Location

Terminal 2 (inside security)

Directions

After the security check in Terminal 2 head towards the Departures Area.

Services offered

  • Flight Monitors
  • Snacks
  • Premium Food
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Alcoholic drinks- wine, beer, spirits, and liquor
  • Wi-Fi
  • TVs
  • Smoking not allowed

Hours of operation

Open 24 hours

Cost

This lounge is reserved for passengers with specific credential like premium tickets, elite status, or other requirements that qualify for entry.

Conditions

Flydubai owns Flydubai Business Class Lounge. The lounge has two levels.

The lounge does not allow reservations at the moment. It is available to the airlines premium passengers or passengers with specific credential like elite status, or other requirements.

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Toronto Airport YYZ Lounges Guide

Toronto Airport YYZ Lounges Guide

Toronto airport lounges guide

 

When it comes to traveling via air, the biggest headache has to be navigating through the airport. There are many numerous airports around the world, each different from the other. Most of us dread this part but it is unavoidable.

If you are not figuring out your way to the airport, you are struggling with the long security check lines or lost on where to spend the rest of the hours before your scheduled flight. But you already know this.

This is why we want you to shed all that fear and take a deep breath, especially if your next travel involves using the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada.

By the time you are done reading this, you will have a list of excellent lounges at the Pearson Airport where you can relax and kill some time while waiting for your flight.

About Toronto Airport YYZ

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), also known as Pearson or Pearson Airport, is the primary international airport that serves Toronto and its metropolitan areas. According to Wikipedia, Pearson Airport is the busiest and largest airport in Canada. In 2018, the airport handled 49.5M passengers, making it the 31st busiest airport around the world. In the Americas, it ranks as the second-busiest air passenger gateway.   

Pearson Airport has two major terminals, 1 and 3, which handle all domestic, international, and trans-border passengers. At the moment, over 75 airlines use Pearson Airport.

Some of the leading passenger airlines operating at the Pearson Airport include:

  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Air Italy
  • American Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • United Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines

The below lounges are available for passengers traveling with any airline:

  • Plaza Premium Lounges- situated in both terminals
  • Air France- KLM Lounge
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
  • Air Canada Signature Suite
  • American Airlines Admirals Club

 

 

Lounges at Toronto Airport

 

Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic Departures)

Locations

Terminal 1 and Terminal 3

Directions

For the lounge in Terminal 1: it is close to Gate D20, on the airside of Terminal 1 for domestic departures. After security check, go to level 3 and look for domestic flights, then turn to your right.

For the lounge in Terminal 3: it is on the airside, between Gate B23 and B24.

Services offered

  • TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Alcohol
  • Internet terminals and Wi-Fi
  • Shower
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Fax
  • Telephone
  • Accepts digital cards
  • Information on flights
  • Refreshments
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Access for disabled

Hours of operation

05:00 – 22:30 Sunday- Monday

Cost

The rate is on an hourly basis, taxes not included.

  • 1 hour (available before 10:00 am only) = $30
  • 2 hours = $50
  • 3 hour = $60
  • 6 hour = $80
  • Children between age 2-11 get a 30% discount

Conditions

The lounge is only accessible to domestic departure. An adult must accompany all children accessing the lounge. Additionally, they offer free admission to children under 2-years.

They also have a dress code- semi-casual. Alcoholic drinks are only available from 11:00 am daily. Any international or interstate telephone calls and fax services are charged.

If you have made a reservation, you need to cancel 24-hours prior for you to get a full refund. With a reservation, you can access the lounge an hour before or after you have made a reservation. However, your booking will start once you enter the premise.

Plaza Premium Lounge (International Departures)

Location

Airside of Terminal 1 after security

Directions

After security check, proceed to level 3. The Lounge is close Gate E77.

Services offered

  • Internet terminals and Wi-Fi
  • Refreshments
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Telephone
  • Magazines/newspaper
  • Accepts digital cards
  • Flights information
  • Alcohol
  • Shower
  • TV

Hours of operation

05:00 – 01:30 Sunday- Monday

Cost

The rate is on an hourly basis, taxes not included.

  • 1 hour (available before 10:00 am only) = $30
  • 2 hours = $50
  • 3 hour = $60
  • 6 hour = $80
  • Children between age 2-11 get a 30% discount

Conditions

Only accessible to international departures, meaning domestic departures and US trans-border passengers cannot use the lounge. An adult must accompany all children. Additionally, children under the age of 2-years are admitted for free.

The dress code is always semi-casual. Alcoholic drinks are only available from 11:00 daily. Any telephone calls and fax services are also chargeable.

Plaza Premium Lounge (USA)

Location

Terminal 1 airside for USA departures

Directions

After security, proceed to the escalators and go down to the next level. The lounge is between to Gate F53 and Gate F55.

Services offered

  • Disabled access
  • Internet terminals and WiFi
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Alcohol/ refreshments
  • Air conditioning
  • Information on flights
  • Accepts digital cards
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Magazines/newspaper
  • Premium food
  • 18+ Cardholder

Hours of operation

05:00 – 20:30 Sunday- Monday

Cost

The rate is on an hourly basis, taxes not included.

  • 1 hour (available before 10:00 am only) = $30
  • 2 hours = $50
  • 3 hour = $60
  • 6 hour = $80
  • Children between age 2-11 get a 30% discount

Conditions

This lounge is only accessible to passengers traveling to the USA, which means domestic and international passengers cannot access the lounge. Children under 2-years are admitted for free. However, an adult has to accompany any child wanting to access the lounge. The dress code is always smart casual and alcoholic drinks are only served from 11:00 daily.

If you have made a reservation, you need to cancel 24-hours prior for you to get a full refund. With a reservation, you can access the lounge an hour before or after you have made a reservation. However, your booking will start once you enter the premise.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

Location

Terminal 1 inside security (Domestic Departures)

Directions

It is situated in Terminal 1, Domestic Departures (inside security). It is close to Gate 153

Services offered

  • Beverages- beer, wine, liquor, and spirits
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Printers & Copiers
  • 18+ Cardholder
  • Conference Rooms
  • Showers
  • Premium foods
  • Internet terminals and Wi-Fi
  • Snacks
  • TVs

Hours of operation

1-hour before First Departure – Last Departure (Sunday- Monday)

Cost

No reservation is needed to access the lounge. However, a Priority Pass will help you access the lounge more easily. The lounge is only reserved for passengers with particular credentials like premium tickets, elite status, and other requirements for entry.

Conditions

An adult must accompany all children.

Air Canada Signature Suite

Location

Terminal 1, International Departures (inside security)

Directions

In terminal 1, International Departures area (inside security) head to Gate E77. The lounge is next to the Plaza Premium Lounge.

Services offered

  • Premium foods
  • Beverages- beer, wine, spirits, and liquor
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Flight monitors
  • Snacks
  • WiFi

Hours of operation

First Departure – Last Departure (Sunday – Monday)

Cost

No reservation is needed to access the lounge. However, a Priority Pass will help you access the lounge more easily. The lounge is only reserved for passengers with particular credentials like premium tickets, elite status, and other requirements for entry.

Conditions

An adult must accompany all children.

American Airlines Admirals Club

Location

Terminal 3 inside security (USA)

Directions

The lounge is located inside Terminal 3 inside security, where trans-border or USA flights gates are located. Once you are here, turn right after the security clearing checkpoints.

Services offered

  • Beverages- wine, beer, spirits, and liquor
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • 18+ Cardholder
  • Printers & Copiers
  • Flight Monitors
  • Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Snacks
  • Smoking not allowed
  • TVs

Hours of operation

5:00am – 8:00pm- Sunday- Friday

5:00am – 7:30pm- Saturday

Cost

Entry charges can be paid at their front desk. They charge $59 per person.

Conditions

The lounge does not require any reservations. They accept walk-in customers, at a charge, of course. However, access to the lounge will depend on its capacity.

Air France – KLM Lounge

Location

Terminal 3 airside, international departures

Directions

The lounge is situated inside the security checkpoint for international departures. Go past the Duty-Free shops, above Gate C33.

Services offered

  • Disabled Access
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Refreshments/ alcohol
  • Flight Information
  • Fax
  • No Smoking
  • TC
  • Air Conditioning
  • Accepts digital cards
  • Magazines/newspapers
  • Printers & Copiers

Hours of operation

08:00 – 00:00 (Hours may vary depending on seasonal changes)

Cost

No reservation is required. However, you can purchase a one-time lounge pass that will guarantee you a set while you wait for your flight.

Alternatively, you can get a Priority Pass, which qualifies you for access to over 1,200 airport lounges across the world.

Conditions

The lounge is available to Terminal 3 international departures only. There is a maximum stay of 3-hours. Also, admission for children under 2-years is free.

 

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Essential Guide To Los Angeles LAX Airport

Essential Guide To Los Angeles LAX Airport

Essential Guide To Los Angeles LAX Airport

 

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), is the main airport that serves Los Angeles in California and surrounding metropolitan areas. It covers an area of 3,500 acres and has 4 parallel runways. In total, LAX airport has 9 terminals and 128 gates that serve over 20 cargo airline and 60-plus passenger airlines.

Additionally, LAX managed to be the fourth busiest airport in the world and the second busiest airport in the US, having served over 87M passengers in 2018. It also ranks amongst the top 5 busiest airports in the US. 

With such a large area and massive traffic, it is not hard to see why being in LAX can be overwhelming. However, we are here to make your time flying with any airline using LAX as easygoing as possible. Here you will find the necessary information that will guide you through LAX- from getting to the airport to the available lounges, shops, and restaurants.

 

Essential guide to LAX airport

 

Location – How to get there and leave

LAX is located in the district of Westchester in LA, California. It is on the southwest side of Downtown LA, approximately 18miles.

The easiest option of getting to LAX is to take the LAX Flyaway Bus. for starters, you do not need a ticket or a reservation to use any of these shuttle buses to LAX, as long as you can pay using your debit or credit card once on board. The one-way fare charges range between $8 – $10. However, the busses do have a set schedule when they pick passengers from designated areas and the terminals.

The locations you can board these shuttles from are:

  • Hollywood- at West side of Vine St. – One-half block South of Hollywood Blvd.
  • Union Station- at the Northwest corner of 1st St. and Long Beach Blvd. at Shelter A of the Long Beach Transit Gallery
  • Long Beach- Downtown LA)
  • Van Nuys- San Fernando Valley
  • Westwood- UCLA/ West Los Angeles

If you are arriving in LA through LAX, you can board these busses on the arrivals/ lower level in front of each terminal under the green sign marked “FlyAway ® Buses and Long Distance Vans.” There is a mark on every bus with its service location, so it is easy for you to know which one to board.

For passengers trying to get to LAX from Long Beach or the South Bay, you can avoid the LA traffic and spend less on transport by taking LA’s Metro’s Green Line. Unfortunately, it will not drop you off at the airport, but it gets you pretty close.

A light at LAX/Aviation station, then wait for the G shuttle to take you to the terminal. To use the Green Line, you will need a TAP card, which can be purchased from a vending machine located at every station. A one-way ticket will only cost you $1.75.    

Alternatively, you can use ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to get to and from LAX. The fares will vary depending on the location of the ride-hailing service you use. It is important to note that there is a waiting area for people using Uber or Lyft.

So, if any of these from LAX are picking you, make sure you are in the right place. You can use these guides from Lyft and Uber on where to find a driver. The links also have price estimators so you can check the approximate price for either of the services.

 

 

 

Benefits of traveling to LAX

 

One of the benefits of using LAX is that it operates 24/7. Whether you are a domestic traveler or an international traveler, LAX will always be running. Additionally, there are many hotels within 0-2 miles from the airport that you can stay- from 2-star rated to 4-star rated hotels.

There are also numerous Duty-Free Shops, shops, restaurants, and lounges where you can relax, eat, and do the shopping. Every terminal at the airport has an area where you can either relax or go shopping while you wait for your flight.

 

Things to do and see at LAX

 

Lax is also close to the Playa Del Rey Beach, El Porto Beach, and the El Segundo Beach. If, for any reason, the first thing you want to indulge once you touch down or you want to feel the soft sandy beaches before you depart, you can stop by one of these beaches.

 

Parking and terminal information

 

 

 

As mentioned earlier, LAX airport has 9 terminals in total; terminal to 8 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). There are 128 gates in total, all arranged in the shape of a horseshoe or letter “U.”

One can connect between terminals using the shuttles. There is also an overground passage that connects terminals 4,5,6,7 and 8 airside to the TBIT. The TBIT is also connected to terminals 4,5, and 6 by an underground tunnel. There is also an above-ground walkway between the TBIT and terminals 6,7, and 8 that one can use to navigate through the terminals.

LAX has around 10,000 parking slots. The parking spaces are in two categories; short-term and long-term parking.

They are also more affordable than the later ones. The parking spaces in this area are around 8,000 in number and are numbered P1, P2A, P2B, P3, P4, P5, P6, and P7. As for the charges, the first minutes are free of charge while the first hour will cost you $5. After that, every 30 minutes will cost you $4 and $40 for every 24 hours you remain parked there.

In case you encounter covered parking lots, it means that there are restrictions for vehicles heights to be parked in those areas. For example, parking spaces 1, 2A, 6 and 7 have a maximum height of 8-feet and 2-inches, whereas parking lots 2B and 5 have a maximum height policy of 7-feet. Parking lots 3 and 4’s maximum height is 7-feet and 6-inches.

The long-term parking space, on the other hand, is located at 5455W 111th Street, a little bit far from the airport. This parking space is accessible by taking the free shuttle buses within the airport outside every terminal. 

The shuttles operate on a set schedule and depart every 15-minutes. It takes approximately 15-30 minutes to get to the terminals. The cost of parking on this side is $12 daily.

For anyone picking up or dropping off a passenger at LAX, there are parking spots located at the northwest corner of Vicksburg Avenue and 96th Street you can use. The cell phone waiting lot gives you up to 2-hours. Other than that, you will have to circle through the terminals while you wait for your passenger to arrive.

All official parking spaces in the airport have parking slots for disabled passengers. Also, the shuttle buses operating in the airport have wheelchair lifts for the disabled.

 

LAX Airport hours of operation

 

LAX operates 24/7, including weekends and holidays. Check-in counters for airlines and security screening for federal passengers open from 4.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and close between 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m PST. This will also depend on flight schedules for every terminal.

 

Airlines that operate at LAX

 

There are over 60 passenger airlines using LAX, and each has a particular terminal/s that they use.

Below are the major airlines that use LAX and the terminals they each use:

  • Southwest Airlines- Terminal 1
  • Delta Airlines- Terminal 2 and 3
  • American Airlines- Terminal 4 and 5
  • Hawaiian Airlines- Terminal 5
  • Air Canada- Terminal 6
  • XL Airways France- Terminal 6
  • United Airlines- Terminal 7 and 8
  • United Express- Terminal 7and 8
  • British Airways- Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)
  • Emirates- Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)
  • Swiss International Airlines- Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)
  • Turkish Airlines- Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)
  • Qatar Airways- Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines- Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

 

LAX Shops and restaurants

 

The vast LAX, of course, has numerous restaurants and shopping areas for passengers. Whether you want to grab a meal or a drink before your flight or buy a few souvenirs for your loved ones, there are many options for you to sample.

You can grab a meal or a drink from some of the following places:

  • Terminal 1- California Pizza Kitchen, Chick-Fil-A, and Pei Wei Asian Diner
  • Terminal 2- Barney’s Beanery, SLAPFISH Modern Seafood Shack, and Starbucks
  • Terminal 3- La Familia, Ashland Hill, Deli & Co, Starbucks, and The Parlor
  • Terminal 6- Blu2o, Osteria by Fabio Viviani, The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck, Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Starbucks Evenings
  • TBIT- 800 Degrees Pizza, 7-Eleven, CHAYA Sushi, KFC, LAMILL Coffee, Pinkberry, Starbucks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Umami Burger, to mention a few.   

As for shopping, some of the shops to look out for include:

  • Beauty and fragrance items- Bliss, Fred Segal, and Victoria’s Secret located at the TBIT
  • Jewelry- Bvlgari, Coach, Emporio Armani, Fred Segal, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Porsche Design, The Bead Factory, and TUMI all located at TBIT
  • Luggage and handbags shops- Coach, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Porsche Design, Travel + Leisure, and TUMI all situated at the TBIT
  • Duty-Free Shops- Burberry Boutique, DFS, Gucci Boutique, Hermes Boutique, Fashion, and Watches, Beauty, and Spirits
  • Eyewear- Hugo Boss, Fred Segal, and Porsche Design

 

LAX Airport Lounges

 

For passengers with a few hours to kill before their flights, there are many lounges to hang out while you wait for your flight. Having a Priority Pass will go a long way in getting into most of the lunges without making a reservation. Also, the lounges opening hours will depend on the flight schedules.

Some of the lounges to consider include:

  • Rock & Brews- it is located on the airside of Terminal 1 opposite gate 11B of domestic flights only
  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse- it is located on the airside of Terminal 2 near the entrance of level 4
  • Alaska Lounge- it is located on the airside of Terminal 6near gate 64 on the Mezzanine Level
  • Korean Air Lounge (KAL)- it is located on the airside of the TBIT 
  • P.F. Chang’s- it is located on the airside of the TBIT   

 

You can read my full review of the LAX Airport Lounges here.

 

Other services

LAX has free Wi-Fi available throughout the airport for 45-minutes. One can also get car rentals from the 10 car rentals that allowed to provide the services at LAX. There is a ‘Rental Car Shuttle’ sign, purple in color, on the Arrivals/Lower level located after baggage claim. These shuttles will take you to the car rental offices.

As for the hotels, there are numerous hotels within a mile from the airport. Also, there is a Hotel Hoppa service that runs between hotels close to the airport and the terminals.

 

LAX Baggage claim location

 

Every terminal has a baggage claim location, in case you have any checked-in luggage. Additionally, there are rental car counters there in case you need to hire a car. Additionally, there is an Interactive Visitor Information Board in case you need to make reservations at any hotel. Every baggage claim area has restrooms.

 

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11 Turkish Airlines Facts You Should Know

11 Turkish Airlines Facts You Should Know

 

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Turkish Airlines has built a huge following and reputation as being one of the best airlines in the world. It was established in 1933 and is currently based out of Istanbul Airport in Turkey. Before you set out on your next flight with Turkish Airlines, here are some interesting facts I thought you should know.

#1. Turkish Airlines Is A Huge Major Airline

Turkish Airlines currently operates 336 aircraft and flies to 304 destinations in 122 countries. This makes it the largest carrier in the world according to passenger destinations. It also operates to the most non-stop destinations than any other airline in the world.

#2. Turkish Airlines Has Won Numerous Awards

Turkish Airlines has been awarded many different awards including the Skytrax award for Europe’s best airline. Other awards include the world’s best premium economy class airline seat, the airline of the year, and the world’s 16th best airline for business travel.

#3. Incidents And Accidents

Since 1959, Turkish Airlines has been involved in 19 incidents and accidents which 15 of those were fatal.

#4. Turkish Airlines And Sponsorships

Turkish Airlines has had many sponsorships and promotions with numerous actors and celebrities including Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant, Caroline Wozniacki, Kevin Costner, Wayne Rooney.

They are also the main sponsor of the Turkish Airlines Euro league, Turkish Airlines open golf tournament, and the FIBA world championships.

Turkish Airlines also partnered with Warner Bros. to sponsor the film Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, where a scene was filmed on board one of their aircraft.

#5. Operated The Longest Flight In The World

In 2016, Turkish Airlines operated at the time the longest flight in the world. This flight went from Istanbul, Turkey to Sydney, Australia covering 14,868 miles. They no longer hold this record but that could change in the future. Qantas Airlines is the current record holder.

#6. The Largest Airport In The World

Istanbul, Turkey is set to become the largest airport in the world where a majority of flights being operated by Turkish Airlines originate from. The new Istanbul airport will cost 12 billion dollars to build and will complete four phases of the build by 2026.

The current phase 1 can currently handle 90 million passengers per year and when complete it will handle over 200 million, putting it well ahead of the current busiest airport which is in Atlanta, USA.

Turkey’s previous largest airport, Ataturk airport, ceased operations on April 6, 2019, and at the time handled 70 million passengers per year. All flights going to this airport are now transferred to the new Istanbul Airport.

#7. Turkish Airlines Use All Jets

Currently, Turkish Airlines only fly jet aircraft. There are no propeller-driven aircraft in the fleet. A combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft make up the 336 total aircraft in the fleet. In 1933, the airline’s first aircraft flown was a five-seat propeller driven aircraft called the Curtiss Kingbird.

The first jet to join the fleet was a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft in 1967.

#8. Turkish Airlines Has A Flight Academy

In 2004, Turkish Airlines established it’s first flight academy which consists of 14 training aircraft and 16 air cadets. Training is mostly for beginner pilots using the famous C-172 aircraft. I have personally flown and trained on this aircraft for many years!

#9. Star Alliance Member

Turkish Airlines is a Star Alliance member which is great for people collecting and redeeming Mileage Plus points on the various carriers in the program. They also have their own points program called Miles and Smiles.

#10. Involved In A Hijacking False Alarm

In 2014, Turkish Airlines was involved in a bizarre incident. A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking alert causing quite a stir in the air. The Austrian military deployed two fighter jet aircraft which escorted the aircraft to Vienna Airport. About 40 minutes after the plane landed, it was determined that it was just a false alarm and there were no safety concerns.

#11. Best In Business Class

Turkish Airlines has been selected as the best onboard business class for many years. This includes best business class onboard catering and best business class lounge dining awards. Most recently, it was awarded the world’s best business class airline lounge.

So there you have 11 facts about Turkish Airlines you may not have known. Hopefully, you enjoyed this article and found it useful. 

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