For a calmer journey, fly off-peak—that’s Wednesdays, followed by Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to FareCompare, a site that tracks ticket prices from more than 500 airlines. After booking your flight, visit seatguru.com to find spots with more legroom, power outlets, and other amenities. Opt for electronic tickets to reduce your carbon footprint. Don’t forget to check cdc.gov/travel to learn of any health precautions (such as vaccinations) required for travel to your destination.
Sail through security
For stress-free travel, consider signing up for the TSA Pre-Check program. For $85, you can keep on your shoes, belt, and coat, and keep laptops in their case every time you travel for the next five years. Go to tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/. These are the things airlines don’t want to tell you (but every flier should know).