Traveling during the holidays can be downright stressful, especially if your plans include a few stops at our nation’s airports. So to make your season more organized and joyful we have complied the best tips for holiday air travel.
- Wrap gifts after you arrive at your final destination. Don’t wrap gifts and packages if you’re planning on carrying them on board. All items carried on board are subject to inspection and may be unwrapped at the security checkpoint! Instead, put gifts in your checked baggage and pack wrapping paper.
- Check in before you get to the airport. Most airlines allow you to use web check-in from 1 to 24 hours before your flight. You can then print your boarding pass in advance and have it ready when you arrive at the airport. You can add passport information, change your seat assignment, upgrade to First Class, and print a receipt for your flight. You can also see if your airline allows mobile check-in or so you can check in on your way from your mobile device.
- Plan for extra travel time getting to and from the airport. Airport drives and parking lots can be very busy, overcrowded and congested during the holiday travel season. Give yourself extra time getting to and from the airport. Travelers are encouraged to take a shuttle to the airport or park at a parking lot nearby the airport. Give yourself extra time to park as well, as many lots may be full.
- Plan extra time to check your baggage and for getting through the security line. The ticket counters and security lines are very busy during the holiday travel season. Plan to arrive extra early and give yourself some time to relax instead of worrying that you won’t make it through the line in time. That way, even if you are early for your flight you have time for that cup of coffee or snack before your long flight.
- Plan in advance for your pet’s travel. Because of a very high volume of baggage, you may not be able to travel with Fido or Fluffy in the baggage and cargo compartments during the peak holiday season. Additionally pet travel can be restricted on airline flights during extreme weather conditions. Plan ahead and give yourself some options and a back-up plan.
Safe travels and Happy Holidays to you!