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Tips to Elevate Your
Delta Basic Economy Flight

The rise of "Basic Economy" fares by the big airlines may save you some money, but the fare class does not come without its own hiccups. As a follow-up to my earlier post about United's Basic Economy fare, I share some tips to elevate your next Delta Basic Economy flight. Comparing United and Delta, I would choose Delta every time - and now you'll see why I make the distinction. Follow these three travel tips for a better Delta Basic Economy experience: Travel Tip #1:Become a Delta/American Express Credit Card Holder If you are a frequent flyer, or someone who is a smart credit card user, racking up dollars on a Delta/American Express Credit Card is a quick way to...

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The Benefits of Traveling Light

Pack Simply was born out of a need to stay organized and efficient when it comes to travel. With toiletries covered, however, I still struggle with the overall packing portion. To ward off any needless stress and help streamline a cumbersome process, I have made a vow to always pack as light as possible for any given trip. Paring down your items to only the necessities does a world of good and helps set a healthy pattern for future travel. I recently flew Delta’s Basic Economy class, which did allow for a carry-on suitcase. However, I decided to forgo the suitcase in favor of my (small-ish) backpack to store everything I would need for a five day stay. While it may...

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Are you an Aisle, Middle, or Window Seat?

Having flown in the middle seat during my last flight, I have firmly decided one must have an immense amount of patience and dexterity to handle the situation. Relieve any doubt you might have when it comes to what seat suits you best and take our newest Pack Simply Quiz. Are you an Aisle, Middle, or Window Seat?

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How to survive the day after a 'Red Eye' flight

Tired. Crabby. Dehydrated. Sluggish. Foggy. All words to describe your grouchier-than-normal self upon completion of everyone's favorite flight - the 'Red Eye'. Red Eye flights, especially from the West to East Coast, are a great way to eek out a few extra vacation hours by combining sleep + travel in one easy step. An ideal situation for the easy airplane sleeper. But for the insomniac flier? Not so much. Having taken a few cross-country late night flights and struggled with sleep-deprivation the day after, I am clearly in the later camp. No matter how hard I try, I cannot sleep on planes. I always emerge feeling like a crabby, irate Golum when provoked about his precious ring. Do not cross me. But when...

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I Tried United Airline's Basic Economy:
Here's What Happened

United Airlines rolled out Basic Economy fares this year, a lower-price option to entice budget conscious travelers (check out The Points Guy comparing the new basic fares across the major airlines). While I normally fly Delta or Jet Blue, I jumped at a last-minute Basic Economy fare to travel home for Memorial Day weekend. Basic Economy on United offered a $300 savings on an otherwise $600+ last minute ticket. A significant savings, to be sure, but how would travel via Basic Economy compare to an otherwise normal Economy ticket? Here are my thoughts: PROS: Cheap(er) for last minute - A $300 fare difference between Basic Economy and regular Economy for a trip booked only two days in advance is a substantial savings. Forces...

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