Air travel is known for speed, efficiency and comfort. Not only is it the fastest mode of travel, even booking a ticket or making travel plans around flight bookings is one of the easiest things. A number of airlines and online travel portals offers convenient bookings options – just specify your travel dates and destinations and a complete list of all air connection between the two is displayed. Choose the one that suits your schedule and budget, complete the payment process and you are ready to fly. It really is that simple.

The airlines also offer a number of different facilities to make your travel easier. Besides online booking, they also offer web or telephonic check-in. Things are simplified to such an extent that passengers just have to reach the airport and from that point on someone is on hand to assist then on every step of the journey.

With the high level of competition between airlines, exceptional service is just one of the criteria they have to attract passengers. The other, sometimes more effective method is to offer exciting deals on fares. In fact, the airlines plan some of their best deals in time for the summer holidays. From the multiple options on offer, choose one that matches your requirement and get the best deal for your trip.

Airlines have been known to offer such unbelievable offers like book a return ticket to Europe and win a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in the US! But check the fine print, such offers come with a number of different terms and conditions. For example, this free round-trip offer may be available only for First Class passengers. People who use the premium services of an airline are often entitled to special privileges. First Class passengers may be gifted a certificate entitling them to a free round-trip to any number of cities. Such certificates can be redeemed at any time too.

In the interest of their most frequent customers, airlines also offer special Frequent Flyer programs. For any number of miles earned, their regular customers can earn free tickets or upgrades, or even get gifts from partner brands or hotels.

A new long haul travel feature that is likely to be on offer soon is the availability of triple-decker bungs on international airlines.

In order to make air travel more convenient and comfortable, some airliners in Europe are also planning to launch triple Decker bunks. Once such a facility is offered then for the first time ever economy class travelers will have the luxury of catching some much-needed sleep on a private bunk. The economy class bunks would be set on a herringbone pattern – parallel rows that converge along a spine. With bunks on offer, economy class travelers can also enjoy some comforts that were hitherto reserved for Business and First Class alone.

There is some airline-related good news for pet owners amongst us as well, albeit only for those residing in the US and Canada. A new airline, aptly called Pet Airways has started offering air travel facilities for the beloved dogs and cats and other creatures that have to be left at home when the family heads for a vacation or have to suffer long drives in packed cars.