Updated: Dec 15, 2019
Daily questions at the airport:
Why does the gate change? At a large airport with many flights, gates change often. Another flight is occupying the original gate you were suppose to arrive or depart from, many reasons, weather, maintenance, crew delays. So the airline has to move your flight to another gates. Happens EVERY DAY, ALL THE TIME. You must pay attention!
Do I have to pick up my luggage? NO, If you purchased a through ticket. Meaning, the ticket you purchased is for your intended destination. A-B-C.....many travelers try to save money by buying a ticket from A-B and then B-C.....do not do that!
Why did my seat change? Some of the major airlines have different types of aircraft. Sometimes the seat you book will not be on the new type of aircraft. If you paid for a specific seat, you should request a refund!
Why can't you book me on another airline? Because it cost the airlines money! Airlines want to keep you on their metal. Sometimes, the airline will put you on another airline.
Can I go stand-by on an earlier flight? Most of the major airlines today offer this for a fee. But if you have checked bag on a later flight the answer might be no. The reason, if you checked a bag on a later flight and arrive on an earlier flight, you might ask to have your bag be delivered because it did not arrive with you. Cost the airlines money, Most major airlines will not allow that.
Can we sit together? On day of departure the flights are booked and seats are taken. It really depends on the fare you purchase, how full the flight is, how willing the agent is to help you.
Why do I have to pay for my bags? Tickets fares are inexpensive, and it makes lot of money for the airlines!
Why do you have to take my bag at the end of a flight? The aircraft run out of room. Travelers put more than one bag in the overhead. Also coats and other items are put in the overhead. Some folks take more than their share of space.
Where is my gate? Major airlines do not put gates on your tickets because they change so often. Google is the best place to get the most up-to-date information. Just put in the airline you are traveling and the flight number. I think some airline apps are better than other with accurate information.
Enjoy the Journey!