Why you should always opt for transit flights

Lainey Loh
By Lainey Loh June 27, 2018 01:00

Why you should always opt for transit flights

LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS can be a pain, especially when it stretches on for more than 10 hours.

In that regard, sometimes, transitting midway can be a lifesaver.

Relatively cheaper

Just like off-peak tickets, indirect flight tickets can be easier on the wallet.

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Regarding flight prices, it’s not about the distance or the destination, but how much demand there might be for that flight. Non-stop flights tend to be in higher demand and thus, pricier.

With the help of booking websites like Skyscanner or cleverlayover, you can even pick and choose your desired travel and transit time.

See the in-between destination

Ordinarily, planes flying long-haul make stops to refuel. But it’s also an excellent opportunity to make the most out of your travel.

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In Asian destinations such as Tokyo, Japan; Singapore; Seoul, South Korea; Bangkok, Thailand; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the city is just a quick train ride out.

So get out there for a couple of hours, and maybe pick up some travel souvenirs while you’re at it.

You may even gain a new immigration stamp at the border control to add to your passport’s collection.

Fill ‘er up

Airplane food can be quite bland and depressing, especially if you’re flying eco-no-money.

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Particularly, the way airplane food is prepared and presented and the portions make it unappetizing and not the least bit filling,

Use your transit time to savor local-ish food at the airport. Most airports have a variety of restaurants and cafes so take your pick.

Walk it off

Leg and foot swelling during air travel is no fun.

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“The most likely culprit is inactivity during a flight. Sitting with your feet on the floor for a long period causes blood to pool in your leg veins. The position of your legs when you are seated also increases pressure in your leg veins,” Mayo Clinic wrote.

A quick and breezy transit will give you the opportunity to stretch your legs at the airport and relieve the swelling.

Disco nap

If you’re the type of traveler who finds it a challenge to sleep on flights, a stopover will “heal” you right up.

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Major international airports such as South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and United Arab Emirates’ Dubai International Airport has nap areas for tired travelers.

If your transit exceeds five hours, book up in an airport hotel to catch a few winks.

Freshen up

Nobody likes to be greasy-faced or stinky after spending half a day on a long-haul flight.

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Luckily for you, a transit equals ample time to freshen up and for the ladies, touch up their makeup.

With a spare bag of toiletries in your carry-on, head to the airport washroom to give your face a good scrub or brush your teeth before you jump on the plane again.

Kids’ timeout

Traveling with children? Give your kids (and yourself) a break.

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Being cooped up in a metal tube can result in cranky and lethargic adults as well as children. Let them run around and explore the airport for a bit.

Some airports, such as Singapore’s homely Changi Airport, has play areas and activities that are fun for the whole family.

Last but not least, it’s just nice to be able to get a breath of fresh air.

Just remember to travel on partner airlines so that your ticketing and luggage transfer is seamless the entire way.

As long as you don’t miss your connecting flight to your next destination, you’ll be fine.

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Lainey Loh
By Lainey Loh June 27, 2018 01:00
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