6 inflight freebies & services no one’s told you about

It's the weekends, and some of you might be flying off this weekend! Here are just some lesser known tips and tricks to make your flight more enjoyable.

This post first appeared on Skyscanner on 7 June 2017. You too could have your travel escapades published on CashChanger by emailing us or reaching us on Facebook.

They say few things in life come free, yet some of them can be found on long-haul flights. According to international aircrew, there are inflight freebies you can request from them which they don’t advertise. Skyscanner spoke with them to find out what they are.

1. Seconds? Yes, please!

Didn’t think it was possible to go for “seconds” on flights? On some of them, you might! The trick though, is to be patient and ask only after everyone has been fed. How successful you could be depends on the timing of the flight, of course. Skipping meals happens frequently during red-eye flights, since many passengers would rather sleep than eat a late supper or breakfast. And if there are no meal options left in economy class, the crew often obtains uneaten meals from business or first class.

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2. Overnight kits

What if you don’t feel like wearing shoes throughout your flight but don’t fancy padding around barefoot either? Ask for a pair of socks! Some airlines give out slippers too. Don’t forget to ask for eye masks and earplugs, if they help you sleep better. And if you need a change of clothes, pyjamas are usually available too.

3. Cockpit visits

Passengers are officially not allowed in the cockpit, so don’t board your flight expecting to be let in there. Instead, wait until all passengers have disembarked before asking, as pilots won’t be in a hurry and are more likely to oblige. Bonus tip: ask to view the cockpit on behalf of the kids!

4. Basic medical supplies

According to the law, flight attendants are prohibited from dispensing medication, so don’t forget to pack painkillers in case you get a headache mid-flight. If you feel very unwell, however, there is a first aid kit, sanitary products and sometimes, a doctor on board. Help the cabin crew solve seating or medical call issues and you might be rewarded with champagne or duty-free items!

5. Snacks on the house

Starving and can’t wait until the next meal? Ask the cabin crew for nuts or pretzels politely and they would gladly oblige once they’re done serving beverages.

6. Free toiletries

There are few things worse than arriving at your destination with bad breath and food stuck between your teeth. Toothpaste kits are available on most long-haul flights so simply ask for them and you’ll have fresh breath by touchdown!

Bonus: Inflight nannies

Need assistance in keeping the little ones quiet? Most flight attendants would gladly lend a hand on long-haul flights, especially if you’re flying alone with kids. On Etihad, you might even find an on-board nanny who entertains children and help them get to sleep. Most airlines also offer kid packs to keep young minds occupied – simply enquire.

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