Your Summer Vacation Guide Part 3: Best Airlines to Use this Summer
By Chaitanya Bala
Phew! We’ve gotten through the tough parts of planning your summer vacation. Nothing stinks more than being indecisive about where you want to go, or not knowing how much money you need to save up and bring on your trip. But hopefully by now, you’ve gotten through those hurdles and are ready for the next step: figuring out the best airlines to fly. The first step to enjoying your vacation is, well, getting there. And how else are you going to get to an international destination other than by taking a flight there, right? (You could probably take a boat if you really wanted, but that’s a conversation for another day.) There are over a few hundred airlines you could choose from.
So who’s really the most reputable? Figuring this out can get rather nerve-wracking since there are just so many options when it comes to the best airline to use for your trip. But that’s okay, because we’re here to help! So let’s break it down:
Thai Airways: If you’re traveling to and around Southeast Asia, you should definitely check this airline out. If you’ve always dreaded the plight of economy-class, you’ll be pleasantly surprised here. Thai Airways’ economy-class cabins are very luxurious. Plus, you get two yummy meals, even on six-hour flights. With most airlines skimping on food, getting some curry chicken with rice and pork noodles is a real treat.
Cathay Pacific Airways: If you’re traveling anywhere around China, Hong-Kong, and surrounding areas, or even anywhere else, this is a renowned airline you definitely want to check out. Unlike most of the crappy food you usually get at airports, Cathay Pacific features Michelin-starred food onboard. If you’re a foodie, you definitely need to use this airline!
Lufthansa: As the largest airline in Europe, Lufthansa is a personal favorite of mine. Unlike a lot of the Asian Airways where the highlight is food and luxury, you can expect amazing customer service on Lufthansa. Lufthansa’s flight attendants are known for being some of the kindest flight attendants you’ll meet. And the great thing is the price isn’t terribly expensive for the service you’re getting.
Turkish Airlines: Turkish Airlines very highly values comfort for its passengers. Unlike most economy class cabins where you’re pretty much struggling for breath as you sit in one position for hours until you finally land, Turkish airlines is well-known for its high comfort and extra legroom. Not to mention the welcome package you usually get is pretty awesome - packed with lip balm, socks, and slippers, you can sit back and relax.
Avianca: Okay, free liquor on the plane?! Have you ever heard of that before? Usually you have to bust a hole through your wallet in order to purchase alcohol in-flight. But Avianca is known for keeping its guests happy and jolly while in the air. So if you’re flying to and around the Caribbean this summer, get your booze on. Aside from that, the customer service is also first class. If you miss a flight by accident, you can always expect the associates to book new flights for you with smiles on their faces, and at no cost to you!
LAN Airlines: If you’re someone who gets bored easily and you’re trying to book a flight to Machu Picchu, or anywhere else in South America, definitely invest in tickets at LAN Airlines. These airlines are renowned for their amazing selection of on-air entertainment, such as having over 100 different movie options. Oh, and all alcohol beverages are free here, too!
So, here you have it – a list of some of the reputable airports you can check out based on what part of the world you’re traveling to. If this selection of airlines doesn’t fit your needs, definitely do your own research so you can find what works the best. Also, prices can always fluctuate for any of these airlines, so it’s best to look for deals online wherever you’d like. Good luck with your flight booking, and we hope you find an amazing airline that works for you. Next week, we’ll be going over hotels!