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.
- 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.