If you’re travel style is anything like mine, you often try to avoid paying for checked luggage when flying by cramming all your belongings into your “personal item” and/or a carry-on bag. But when you arrive at your gate and see that 97.7% of the passengers on your flight are doing the same thing, you get a little anxious. All the scenarios run through your head as you wait for your boarding call: Am I going to board early enough to find overhead storage space for my carry-on? Are they going to make me check it at the gate? Are they going to call Group 1 or Group 4 to board the plane first? How big is this aircraft, anyway?
“Nope. Not me,” you say? You mean, those pre-boarding lines don’t raise your blood pressure a tiny bit? Okay, that’s cool. I wish I could say the same…
Last month, I traveled back to the USA for various events across three different states. I took 8 flights in less than two weeks, which presented way too many opportunities for potential pre-boarding stress. After all – on occasion – I become slightly worried that my personal belongings might not find a place on the plane with me. (What can I say? Whether in my home or on a plane, I like for everything to be in its proper place. Does that count as OCD?)
But on this particular whirlwind journey, I was delighted to get around my emotional dilemma by using my “Prego Perks Card.” (ICYMI: I’m expecting!)
Okay, okay… I didn’t actually have a physical card to identify myself as one with child, which in a way, makes this perk to pregnancy so much better. Instead, I boldly took a chance to capitalize on my newfound womanly circumstances, and I unashamedly reaped the rewards.
No matter which airline I was flying, I approached the attendants at the gate before each flight, told them that I was pregnant, and simply asked if I could board early. Everyone granted my request, though some with friendlier attitudes than others. Considering how I was wearing a thick shift dress that hid my little baby bump, I was surprised that no one ever questioned me or looked twice. And just like that, I was one of the first passengers to step onto the plane and stow my hefty bags without a single worry. It felt great!
Of course, this practice will only serve me for a few more months, and it’s a perk for women travelers only. But men and mommas can still board early once the result of pregnancy has arrived – the baby itself! Although, I have a feeling we will have a few other scenarios to fret about when that time comes…
Hey y’all! Do you also get worried about finding space for your carry-on bags? Or do you think I’m crazy for that? Have you or a companion ever used the “Prego Perks Card” while traveling? If so, got any more tips for me?