To maximize holiday happiness and minimize the grief, follow these helpful tips.
> Contact us in advance to secure the best-priced airline seats, hotel rooms
and rental cars that usually sell out quickly for holiday travel. Be aware
that prices generally escalate during the holiday season, as demand is
> Avoid peak travel days. The busiest days to fly are those immediately
before and after the actual holidays.
> Take the worry of getting to the airport completely out of the equation by
staying at an airport hotel the night before an early flight. The additional
sleep is well worth it. In some cases, hotels will allow guests to leave
their car in the hotel lot for the duration of their trip.
> If you drive and park at the airport lot, do not leave any valuables in
plain view. Remember to put jumper cables in the trunk in case the battery
dies during your trip.
> Check in early. Domestic travelers should arrive at the airport two hours
prior to departure, while international travelers should arrive three hours
> To get through the security checkpoints smoothly and quickly, remember the
3-1-1 program: Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers three ounces
or less. Items must be put in a one quart, clear plastic zip-top bag. Only
one zip-top bag per passenger.
For more information, visit the TSA website.
> If you do not send your gifts ahead, then do not wrap them before the
flight. With safety a priority for all airlines, security personnel will
need access to all items. Pack collapsible gift bags to be used as wrapping
Keep a positive attitude, but also be mentally ready for setbacks. Delays
happen, and airlines do the best they can to keep their schedules on time.