Going on holiday with your partner should be a five-star experience from start to finish. But while the actual destination may be everything you hoped for and more, sometimes the journey can leave a lot to be desired.
So in order to get your holiday off to a great start, we’ve developed five top tips that will impress your partner and make you feel like your holiday has started from the moment you step foot in the airport.
1. Be Met at the Terminal
There are many ways you can travel to the airport, but getting the bus or train doesn’t have the luxury that driving to the airport does.
And nothing says five-star service like being met at your airport terminal and letting someone else take care of parking your car!
If you book airport parking in advance, you can choose from a variety of different airport and car parking services. And while you could choose to park up near the airport and hop on a quick transfer bus, you could also treat you and your partner to meet and greet parking.
Drive straight to the terminal and hand over your keys to a valet driver, who will park your car while you check-in, and then bring it back to you upon your return from holiday!
2. Get Pampered in Departures
All that waiting around you have to do before boarding your flight can be stressful.
But did you know that many UK airports have a beauty lounge, where you can book your partner in for a nice, relaxing pamper session?
Not only will a spa treatment bring an element of relaxation to your time in departures, but it’ll also show your loved one that they’re in for a holiday like no other.
3. Book a Table in Advance
When you’re going out to eat, it’s always good form to book a table for two in advance. You’ll avoid the disappointment of being turned away by your favourite restaurant, and you’ve got something to look forward to when it comes to date night.
And you should heed this advice when it comes to eating at the airport as well.
While you can’t book a table at fast food restaurants or cafes, almost every airport has a few higher-tier restaurants that take bookings, either through the airport website or via phone.
Make your time in departures fly by with a romantic dinner (or lunch or breakfast) for two! You partner, and your stomach, will thank you for it.
4. Enjoy an Airport Lounge
Another way to upgrade your travel experience from average to excellent is with an airport lounge.
Instead of struggling to find a seat in departures and paying through the nose for a bottle of water, you can look forward to complimentary food and drinks, newspapers, comfy sofas and free WiFi.
Many people incorrectly assume airport lounges are universally expensive, but there are actually lots of options that vary in price. By using a comparison site you can find the best deal for the two of you.
So whether you want to watch a movie together, enjoy a glass of wine, or sample the menu, you can do it together in the comfort of a lounge.
5. Upgrade Your Seats
Airlines all seem to want to squeeze as much cash as possible out of you these days, so seats in first class, business class or even economy plus can cost you an arm and a leg!
But there are some things you can do to try to upgrade your seats, even if it just means a bit of extra legroom.
If you’re a member of a frequent flyer scheme, you might be able to cash in some points to upgrade you and your partner, making it look like you spent a little bit more just for them.
But even without being a frequent flyer, it’s always worth asking. The worst they can say is no.
Approach the desk with a smile shortly before boarding to see what they can do for you. If you’re polite, courteous and look the part, there might be a couple of spare seats in first class waiting for you.