When choosing a flight time, we often pick based on two factors: the price and our personal preference. Some people like travelling overnight, while others prefer afternoons or early flights, though your destination (and duration) also play a part in this.
However, according to experts, we should always opt for early morning flights to avoid the one thing nobody likes when travelling – delays.
Stella Connolly, former cabin crew member and voice behind the blog Fly With Stella, has revealed that despite early morning flights being an unpopular choice, they’re actually the best available. Why? Because this is the time when flights are less likely to be delayed due to disruption.
Speaking to NBC News, Stella said: ‘Early morning flights are the best. They’re almost always on time. As the day goes by, if one flight is late it’s a snowball effect and there’s a higher chance flights will be delayed. I recommend flying early.’
We know, getting up at 3am to make your way to the airport can be hellish. But she has a very valid point. Plus, early morning flights are often cheaper, so you’d be saving money too. Oh, and Stella also let us in on another perk of flying early – the planes are cleaner.
Sure, all aircrafts are cleaned between flights during the day. However, she admitted that they are generally cleaner first thing in the morning, because the cabin crew are able to give the aircraft a more thorough cleansing without any passengers aboard. So, it turns out flying in the morning isn’t so bad after all.
Last week, we reported that another flight attendant had revealed the best seats to book on a flight. Cabin crew member Grace Ferguson revealed that the two best seats on Virgin Australia are 2A, in first class, and 19F in economy.
Speaking to news.com.au, she said: ‘On all aircraft types across the Virgin Australia network, 2A is a business class suite or seat, which offers priority boarding, extra baggage space and allowance and a menu created by resident chef Luke Mangan. 2A is also popular as it also offers a little more privacy than the first row and has fantastic views, as there is no sight of the overwing.’