American Airlines 737 Jet taken at dusk at DFW airport.
Things You Probably Didn't Realize Airlines Are Allowed To Do
Experts claim that for every 100 seats available, airlines will sell 150 tickets on average, leading to constant overbookings on domestic and global flights.
While overbooking is allowed, the airline cannot simply force you out of your seat. They try to incentivize passengers to trade for another flight with compensation.
Crew members are paid once the aircraft door closes, and all the work they do in the lead-up to the actual flight is done over their salaried job responsibilities.
Paying The Crew
Once the door closes and the plane is ready to fly, the crew is paid for their "flight hours." Until then, they are paid an "hourly rate," which averages just $2.00 per hour.
The "turn clean" is a typical practice between flights and generally means a quick wipe of the seats, scanning the cabin for trash, and tidying the bathroom.
Sometimes, pillows and blankets are put back into plastic packaging without cleaning during turn clean. It's best to bring your own disinfectant wipes and comfort gear.
By law, airlines must refund your bag fees for the lost luggage and compensate you for the bag's contents after it has been deemed lost or delayed.
However, most airlines have a four-hour deadline for lost luggage complaints, so if you wait to call the airline once you arrive at your hotel, you might be out of luck.
If you want to go to a low-demand city, you can sometimes get a better fare by booking a connecting flight that stops in what you want to be your destination city.
You are legally allowed to book and use any combination of flights that you desire, but the practice is prohibited within the terms of carriage spelled out by airlines.
To cover your tracks, you'll want to check in with a passport to hide any trace of your intended plans to not take the connecting flight to the destination as booked.