NEW YORK (MainStreet) Flying is about the worst fun thing a person can do. On the one hand, boarding planes generally means adventure. They could take you on vacation, home for the holidays, off to meet a long lost lover or even just out of the office for a few days. Personally, whenever I step on a plane I imagine disembarking to some lonely bar with fans slowly rotating overhead, wearing a Panama hat and carrying all my worldly belongings in one battered, leather satchel.
In this scenario I am, of course, a cross between Indiana Jones and the Dos Equis man.
Of course the reality is far less romantic. In my informal survey of one, flying rates just below getting audited by a bitter ex. Nothing about the experience really counts as fun, but there are ways to make it all a little bit better or worse.
Still one surefire way to make buying and using those tickets more painful is going in blind. Too many myths circulate about the airline industry, and marching into an airport confident that you can game the system will only leave you grumbling at the gate agent as they reassign you to a seat right next to the bathroom. Don't believe me? Here are eight: