Traveling by air can be an uncomfortable and expensive prospect at the best of times. Many airlines are offering higher prices than even before for tickets and fares without offering any improvements on comfort in return. This means that you will likely be paying more to fly in the same uncomfortable economy level seat.
While you would in any other circumstances probably be fine with such a prospect, things are a bit different when you have to fly with a medical condition. Certain conditions make traveling difficult anyway, not to mention more expensive in some cases.
The simple solution of course is to avoid air travel if at all possible. However, what about those situations where taking such a trip is unavoidable? For instance, what if you need to travel to a far-away city to receive proper medical care for your condition? Or perhaps you are moving to a new state to live closer to friends and family going forward.
Whatever your reasons are for traveling with a medical condition, there are a few things that you can do that will help to make your trip more affordable as well as more comfortable for you.
1. Enlist the Right Help
There are a variety of services out there designed to help people with injuries and medical conditions travel comfortably and safely. Unfortunately, many such services come at a high cost. Moreover, going through your insurance might end up costing you more in the long run.
Take the time to do some research to find the right help for your medical condition. Even international medical flights can be more affordable than you think when you go through the right channels and enlist the right help for your situation.
2. Use Points to Upgrade
These days, all major airlines offer programs for obtaining airline points. Oftentimes, such points can be used to get an upgrade for your flight to a more comfortable seat at little or no extra cost to you.
Bear in mind the fact that the number of points that you will likely have to pay for an upgrade can be quite high. However, if you rarely fly these days and you don’t intend on flying much in the future, this can be a good use of any points that you might have acquired over time. A more comfortable seat in business or even first class without having to pay out of pocket for it can make a world of difference for your flight.
3. Talk to Your Insurance Company
The other cost that you have to take into consideration when traveling with a medical condition is that of travel insurance. You need to have a chat with your insurance company about what it will take to cover you in the event that your condition gets worse or causes you issues while you are traveling. You might find it more affordable to purchase insurance coverage from a different company altogether.