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10 Helpful Tips for Holiday Travel

By November 11, 2009 No Comments

Holiday travel is upon us…. These tips should help alleviate some stress during this hectic time of year.  Follow these tips and you will only need to stress about your waistline!

  1. Pack light. If possible, use a carry-on only. Be sure to check your airlines’ website for updates on what items are permissible on board.
  2. 24 hours prior to departure, print boarding passes and check your bags in online.  This should expedite your wait times at the counter.
  3. If you are traveling with gifts, consider sending them to your destination ahead of time. Most airlines require gifts to be unwrapped and their bulk is likely to slow you down.
  4. Select your travel dates wisely. The days before and after the holidays, are usually the most expensive days to travel. Often, the holiday itself is the best day to travel.
  5. Consider using public transportation and shuttle services as your mode of transportation to the airport. Airport parking lots fill quickly during the holidays and no one wants to come and have to dig a car out of the snow.
  6. Consider flying into a smaller or regional airport. Often, these airports are less crowded and you may be able to save money.
  7. Try to take a morning flight. Flights earlier in the day are less likely to be delayed. Non-stop flights are less likely to be delayed due to bad weather or air traffic congestion.
  8. Check in early.  Airports are the busiest during the holidays.
  9. Buy travelers insurance. How many flights have you seen canceled during a season’s rush? If you don’t wish to be one of those people who find themselves stuck in an airport for three days waiting for a blizzard to blow over, then purchase insurance.
  10. Familiarize yourself with TSA rules and procedures (www.tsa.gov).
Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee

Kevin is a Business Development Executive from Montgomery, Alabama. He has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry, with a specialized interest in higher education and government contract travel management. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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