The Top Airline Travel Tips of 2010 (Dave's Picks)

Last Updated Dec 14, 2010 9:11 AM EST

There was a time when I enjoyed flying. Then 9/11 happened. And then there was the TSA. Today, flying is only moderately less appealing to me than being set on fire while undergoing a root canal. It's from that perspective that I share with you 2010's best tips and tricks for having a more enjoyable (or less horrific) travel experience.

A Lifesaver for Flying: Everything You Could Possibly Need to Know About Your Airline

When I say everything, I'm hardly exaggerating. Here's a site that you can use to look up detailed contact information, check-in guidelines, baggage rules, information about bringing infants and pets, and more. It's a one-stop way to be fully prepared for your next flight.

Flying? Save Money, Frustration by Shipping Your Luggage

Here's a hot button issue. The cost of taking anything besides your wallet onto a plane is skyrocketing. Instead of checking a bag, consider shipping it instead. It's potentially cheaper, faster, and more reliable.

3 Surprising Ways to Get Free Airline Upgrades

No doubt, you are already tapped into the most common ways to get upgrades when you fly. Here are some less obvious ones that can make your next trip a little bit more comfortable and convenient.

Learn the Golden Rules of Airline Loyalty Programs

There are four basic rules for getting the most out of your airline's loyalty program. Here they are, in convenient list format.

Find the Best Shops and Services During Your Next Airport Layover

If you have an iPhone, you'll want this free app, which is kind of like Yelp just for airport shops, services, and restaurants.

Get More Room When You Fly without Committing a Potential Felony

There are some wacky ideas out there for getting more legroom when you fly. I should know; I've told you about them. That's okay, though; here's a simple and common sense way to find seats with more legroom.