Last Updated on December 11, 2019
We all complain about how expensive food is on airplanes, or how annoying it is when they come back and forth with the souvenir cart.
But did you know that there are things you can get for free on airplanes? It might not happen equally on every airline, but if you ask, there is a chance you can get some complimentary amenities during your plane ride.
#1 – The Possibility To Tour The Cockpit
We open this list with something you can’t get during your plane ride, but you can get it before or after. If the pilot isn’t on a strict timeline, there is a chance they will gladly give you a tour of the cockpit.
If you have kids, they will be extra nice, because a lot of kids dream about being pilots – and you, as a parent, get to satisfy that curiosity about how the front part of an aircraft looks like.
#2 – You Can Ask For First Aid Supplies
Flight attendants will be more than happy to help you out if you are injured in some way – a small cut, a wound, you name it.
During flight service training, they are trained to give this kind of basic medical assistance. Plus, if you need first aid supplies they will give you as much as you want, so you can band-aid yourself.
#3 – Snacks And Sodas
Worldwide flight services work differently – in some airlines, you can get drinks and snacks for free, in low-cost airlines (aka cheap flights) you need to pay for everything you want to eat and drink.
If you are a frequent flyer you will get acquainted with how your airline works when it comes to snack distribution and this will give you some leverage to ask for a larger quantity without any extra charges.
#4 – Militaries Get Free Checked Bags
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This isn’t something you are going to see advertised on online booking websites, and it doesn’t work the same way in all airlines, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
People who carry military I.D.s might get their bags checked without any charge – so, if you are a veteran, ask around and see if you can take advantage of this offer, this way you won’t have to research packing tips to pack as lightly as possible.
#5 – You Can Upgrade Your Sitting
If you are flying from the U.S.A to Europe, you have a long journey ahead, so we would advise you to try to travel on one of the airlines that provide the most comfortable flights to Europe.
But if you can’t afford to be picky, take a low-cost ticket and hopefully, you will get lucky.
The front row seats usually have more leg space, so if the airplane isn’t full, you can always ask nicely if you can change seats, and they will most likely allow you. But this depends on luck, so we would always advise you to pick comfortable wear for long flights.
#6 – Sockets Or Blankets
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Airplanes can become a hardship for people who suffer from the cold. Airlines are aware of that, and they want you to be as comfortable as possible.
If you need a little bit more comfort, some airlines will provide you a little blanket so you can enjoy your flight and not feel cold. If you are lucky enough, your airline might even provide you extra in-flight comfort accessories, like complimentary socks, eye masks or neck pillows.
#7 – Get A Water Refill
There is something really annoying about flying, and that is the fact that you need to dispose of all of the beverages you are carrying before going through the gate.
Some people think they will have to pay for everything, even water, but if you just ask they will fill you a glass, after all, water is not a luxury item.
#8 – Distractions For Your Kid
You were really careful while packing your travel bag, but your kid’s toy fell off and now you have a really upset toddler that is really bored during the flight.
This is not a problem since most airlines will have temporary sources of entertainment they can give away. So, if this happens to you, just ask your flight attendant if they can’t get your kid’s craft supplies. They will be entertained and you will be headache free.
#9 – Hand Wipes
If you are a germaphobe on a plane, it will probably be really hard for you to avoid thinking about all the grime that is left behind. This makes you vulnerable to all sorts of germs, and everyone is aware of this fact.
This is why airline companies will provide you disinfectant wipes – you can ask for as many as you want.
#10 – Extra Flights
It is always good to have travel insurance in order to avoid those really stressful situations of trying to board an overbooked flight.
But even if you don’t have insurance, airlines will try and give out a little “bribe” to people who are willing to give up their seats.
If your flight isn’t “important” and you have flexible hours, you can even negotiate and try to get a better deal than the one you paid for, and all you need to do is wait a couple of hours.