Flying late at night may not be for everyone. For parents traveling with fussy kids or for those who have trouble sleeping on a plane, a very late departure could spell potential disaster. But, for those brave enough to be able to endure an overnight flight, cheap flights and a host of other great benefits are up for grabs. Read on to find out why you should hop on a red-eye flight the next time you travel.
You can save money
With a majority of travelers wanting to travel morning, mid-day or early evening, a lot of the time, overnight flights remain a little less full, and hence offer seats at much lower prices. If you’re good to make the most of the space available to you to get some sleep, then it’s the perfect opportunity to snap up cheaper flights.
You can check in way faster
With not many commuters (and their bags) crowding your path, you can check in fairly quickly at your airline’s counter. Imagine flying without any of the pre-flight check-in hassles, and not to mention, the long, tedious lines to get through airport security! You’re definitely not going to be breaking a sweat if you choose to fly red-eye, and will arrive at your seat at a leisurely pace and minus the panicky run to your gate that most day-time travelers would be facing.
Your flight might not be full
With fewer passengers choosing to fly red-eye, you’re most likely to have a seat (or even two) free so that you can stretch out in total comfort. Forget having to bump elbows and get up every time someone at the window seat wants to go to the bathroom. You can find all the space you want — just for the price of one seat! Plus, you’re also going to be in line to enjoy some extra snacks…and maybe even a much-coveted blanket.
You can avoid crazy traffic to the airport
Let’s face it: traffic is one of the main reasons people almost miss their flights. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic — either in the morning or in the evening — can make most daytime and early evening flights a nightmare. For all that time you may be spending in traffic, there could be so many other productive things you could be doing with your time! So why waste time on the road before hitting the skies? Chill out and fly overnight.
You’ll have an entire day ahead of you
One of the most obvious reasons business travelers actually prefer traveling red-eye is because they can have a complete day of work ahead of them. Of course, this also depends on how well you can rest on a plane overnight, but for those able to doze off for hours without any issues, it becomes a great chance to make use of that extra day of your precious vacation. So instead of being tired and grumpy, you can start planning your itinerary starting with a hearty breakfast — carpe diem!
There are more benefits to flying red-eye than just grabbing cheap flights. You’ll be able to save time and also arrive at your destination ready to start a fresh day. So, for your next trip, take a chance with that red-eye flight.
Do you fly red-eye often? Tell us some of the benefits you gain by doing so in the comments.