With new fees and surcharges constantly popping up, it’s hard to imagine the word “free” associated with anything related to the airline industry. Well, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, are once again helping you stretch your travel budget with 9 Airline Freebies You May Not Know About, a list of fun, flavorful and just plain useful items you can score on flights without breaking out your credit card. Ready for another shock? These perks are available in coach class seats.
While snacks and booze are popular and appreciated freebies on airlines, here are five other small indulgences that make our list:
· Slippers - All passengers flying with Japan Airlines get a pair of slippers – in either pink, blue or yellow – as a way to help travelers relax during the flight. Not only do you get to choose the color, you can also ask for an amenity kit with a toothbrush, set of earplugs and eye mask.
· Postcards, playing cards and writing kits - Over on Singapore Airlines, you can request free postcards, playing cards and writing kits. There is also a power outlet at every seat so you can conveniently charge your devices. And when you’re ready to grab a little shut-eye, request a free eye mask and set of earplugs from the flight attendant. Don’t forget to check out the complimentary toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, moisturizers, cologne and aftershave available in each lavatory.
· Nanny service - Need a bit of extra help getting your kids settled or keeping them occupied during the flight? If you’re flying with Etihad, you can request a nanny to come to your aid. These nannies can’t take your kids off your hands completely, but they are able to provide extra care and entertainment. Every nanny is equipped with a goody bag of games and activities.
· Amenity kits - Amenity kits aren’t just for those flying business or first class. Many airlines offer free amenity kits for long-haul flights. For example, Virgin Atlantic offers an economy amenity kit that contains eyeshades, earplugs, a toothbrush, hand wipes and a pen. On Singapore Airlines your amenity kit has a toothbrush, toothpaste and socks. If you’re flying overnight on jetBlue you can take advantage of their Snooze Kit and Eye-Opener services. The former gets you an eyeshade and earplugs, while with the latter you get a hot towel, coffee, orange juice or bottled water.
· Kids’ packs and toys - Grown-ups shouldn’t get to have all the fun when it comes to free in-flight stuff. Some airlines offer kids’ packs and toys as a way to help keep the younger set occupied during the trip. Once onboard a Virgin Atlantic flight, kids will find a KiD backpack on their seat filled with fun goodies to keep them busy while parents get settled in. On Singapore Airlines travelers younger than 12 are treated to exclusive Cartoon Network collectible items on most flights to and from Singapore. On British Airways, kids are gifted Skyflyers activity packs on all flights longer than two hours from London Heathrow and London Gatwick. For children between 3 and 5, the pack contains crayons and a “Spread your Wings” coloring book featuring Cuthbert the Cat. Kids over 6 get a pack with a pen and “Wing It” book, filled with facts about flying, together with puzzles and sudokus.
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