If you don’t travel often or just need some help in trying to understand how to avoid checking your bag then follow the steps below.
The more obvious thing to account for is the size of the bag you are taking on your trip. If you can’t pack all of your gear into a carry on size bag then you are going to have to check it. If you can use a carry on then you need to make sure you can store it on the plane.
With a lot of airlines still charging for a checked bag you will find that more customers are bringing bags onto the plane, the planes will not typically accommodate everyone’s baggage and so some unlucky customers will end up having their bag taken off the aircraft and checked in the hold. You may wonder why this is so bad, well checking a bag when you don’t need to can only increase the chances of a bad trip, like lost baggage or items stolen from the bag.
To avoid being one of the unlucky ones, you need to make sure you are on the plane before the majority of the other customers. There are a couple of approaches, if you have time prior to the trip then sign up for the airlines frequent flyer program. This should give you the ability to choose your seat online as well as increase the chance of your priority level when boarding.
If the airline boards by row, then pick a seat online that allows you to board early. You can find this out typically by information on the airlines website. If they board by arrival time at the airport then get there early or check in online the day before. If they board based on ‘status level’ then signing up for there program should help, all you need to do is make sure you are on board before the last 20 or 30 people.
If all else fails then play dumb. When they call first class then get ready to be next to board when they call the next group or priority level. 9 times out of 10 you will get through and be on the plane and safely allocated a storage place for your luggage.