“Sometimes you have to go up high to understand how small you are.”— Felix Baumgartner.
But Human beings aren’t birds – we can’t fly, not by ourselves anyways. But we can however use this big brain of ours and make machines that fly. This is exactly what we have done by inventing machines such as airplanes, helicopters, and rockets.
While an average citizen can only dream about rockets and choppers, we can dream about airplanes. But we are lazy and busy creatures and sometimes booking a flight can be a cumbersome job. This is why we book flights online using online flight booking services.
But before we go into the How to book flights online, we should know a few things.
Things To Know Before Booking Flights Online
There are a few things that you need to know before you book an online flight. If you don’t know these things you will be just like a deaf person in a music festival – you will get the gist of everything but don’t know what is happening. The following are some of the most important things.
Where do you collect your ticket?
This is one of the frequently asked questions about booking flights online. A lot of people know that they will get the ticket but don’t know where. To answer your question – it’s in your email. You will be sent an e-ticket or an electronic ticket in your email. Along with this, some flight companies will even give you the option of printing out your boarding pass or sending it to a mobile device for ease of access.
How do you pay?
This is among those things that you aren’t necessarily unaware of but just need confirmation about. If you book flights online, you can use the following methods to pay for them:
- Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
- siD instant EFT
- Online credit/debit card payment
- Cheque Card
- Cash Deposit
- Pay in-store
If this is still confusing for you, in simpler terms you can use the following means:
- American Express.
- Discover (the US only)
- JCB (Japan and US only)
- Visa Electron (outside the US only)
- PayPal (Australia, Japan, US)
- Google Pay balance (US and UK only)
- Khalti and Esewa (Nepal Only)
These methods can be used to pay when you book flights online
What details do you need to give to book flights online?
The details you need to give while online bookings are the standard ones i.e personnel information and ID number. Apart from these you also need to specify your destination and flight date as well. The complete list is shown below.
- Personnel information
- Full names
- Date of Birth
- Country of residence
- ID number
- Ideal departure times and flight duration
- Preferred Cabin class
What are the types of Cabin classes?
Now a lot of us have heard about the flight classes but what are they? Well, there are 4 types of flight classes.
This is the simplest of the flight classes. It doesn’t have many facilities except a few snacks and drinks during short flights and lunch/dinner during longer ones. It is also the cheapest of the flight classes
This is expensive and has better services than economy class. You will receive complimentary drinks along with some additional services depending on the airline company.
This is the luxury class. You will get anything from luxury suites to online showers during the flight as well. No doubt this is an expensive flight class.
This is a better class than the economy class but not as good as the business class. Both in terms of services and price, it stands somewhere in between these two classes.
What is the flight duration and cost?
This is the last thing that people think about among all the things you need to know before booking a flight online. Okay maybe not the cost but flight duration is often ignored. The good news is that you can know them easily as you book the flight. These two factors are somewhat ignored because the duration depends on the flight route you choose while cost depends on the flight route, airline company, and flight class.
How To Book Flights Online?
After knowing all of the mentioned information, understanding the process of booking a flight online becomes much simpler. To book a flight online you need to:
- Visit the website
- Select the departure and arrival destination
- Select the date of departure
- Select the date of the return (optional if you seek a one-way flight)
- Select the number of passengers and the flight Class
- Provide your information
- Choose your payment method
And ping you have completed all the required processes to book flights online. Yes we mean flights as while the website may vary, the general process remains the same.
Before We Go,
As you have seen, booking flights online is not a hard process. All you need to do is click a few times and provide accurate information. This is not why people are afraid of booking online flights. The main reason people don’t book flights online is their lack of knowledge on how to pay and where they get their tickets.
Of course, there is that small issue that not a lot of people trust these online booking sites because of the fear of scams but as people are getting more and more aware of this service and being smarter about these sites, the number of people booking flights through online means is on the rise.
Hope that this article was helpful for you. And as always thank you for reading till the end. If you have any suggestions for us, do let us know them down in the comments below.