How to Travel Stress-Free during the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching, and you may find the thought of traveling during the busiest time stressful. But we at CheapAir.com have come up with some tips to turn your holiday stress into holiday cheer! Read on for tips from those who knows best, our Travel Advisors.

How to Travel Stress-Free during the Holidays

  • Prepare for a busy day – It’s pretty much a given that traveling during the holiday season will be busy. Be prepared for traffic on the way to the airport. Travelers should expect longer lines everywhere and possible flight delays, most likely due to weather.
  • Travel Light – No one wants to lug gifts around the airport. Save money, time, and stress carrying those gifts and simply mail them ahead of time. There are many services like the U.S. Postal Service that can ship your gifts for a fraction of the cost for extra bags.
  • Check-In & Print Boarding Passes Before Arriving at the Airport – Passengers can begin checking-in for flights and printing boarding passes online 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Some airlines even permit pre-purchasing bags ahead of time. Travelers should also use this time to also reconfirm your itinerary to ensure no unforeseen schedule changes have been made.
  • Eat before you get to the Airport – Eating at the airport can be more expensive and you may deal with long lines. The same goes for buying snacks. Take some extra time prior to arriving at the airport to eat a filling meal or stop for snacks. Keep in mind, all food must go through the X-ray machine. Do NOT bring food to the security checkpoint unwrapped. Unfortunately no drinks greater than three ounce containers are allowed.
  • Get Dropped Off & Picked Up – This may not apply to everyone, but getting dropped off and picked up at the airport can save you time and money. If you can arrange it, you can avoid paying for parking or a cab ride.
  • Bring entertainment other than your phone – Your phone is probably your go-to gadget for entertainment, but don’t rely on using it all day. Let’s face it, cell phones need battery life and Wifi. Power stations can be found in the airports, but they’ll most likely used by fellow travelers. Access to WiFi may be free at the airport, but it can cost you while flying. Bring alternate forms of entertainment like a book or games for the kids to play.
  • Take alcohol to drink on your flight – Travelers are allowed to take little bottles of alcohol that are three ounces or less through security (why not?), as long as they fit in a clear one quart bag. By purchasing your alcohol ahead of time rather than buying it on-board, travelers can save a little money and still get in on the holiday cheer.

 

 

6 Comments

  1. I am confused as to take alcohol on board an aircraft. I think passengers are not
    allowed to take alcohol on board. Could some one clarify this.

    1. Hi Satish,

      As long as you buy the mini bottles that are 3 ounces or less and place them in a clear 1 quart zip lock bag, you should be allowed through security. Of course that will depend on the security agent working, but the TSA has listed prohibited items here: http://1.usa.gov/1bW0aOs and alcohol is not one of them. Here’s the TSA’s policy for 3-1-1 for carry-ons: 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.

  2. can you tell me way the TSA did not let me keep my bottles, I had two 3.ounce bottles they took them away from me said I could not take them on the plain I had them in a clear zip lock bag not with other things in there own bag

    1. Hi Frank,

      Unfortunately its up to the TSA agents who are working whether or not they’ll allow you through. Since there’s no standard rule or policy, some travelers experience can vary.

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