Holiday travel can be hectic, let’s be real it IS hectic. We are taking tips for our friends at Travel and Leisure for this months blog. These are tips we swear by! We are happy to share our secrets with you. Enjoy!
Fly at undesirable times.
“While setting an alarm for 4 a.m. may seem extremely painful the night before, booking a really early flight on notoriously busy days has often helped me avoid the relentless holiday crowds. Arriving with the very early risers will often yield a much quieter and more serene airport experience, in contrast to the mayhem that sets in by 10 a.m. around the holidays. Additionally, if you don’t mind flying on the morning of Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, the crowds are likely to be less chaotic than they would be on December 22nd or 23rd.” — Bailey Bennett, Audience Engagement Editor
“Fare gurus have long suggested flying mid-week, as travelers can often score the best flight deals if they’re willing to travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday. This tip can also help beat some of the intense crowds that pack airports on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (both of which fall on the weekend this year). When I know I’ll be able to pass through security and board my flight without the crush of a few hundred added travelers in J.F.K. Airport, I’m able to relax and begin preparing mentally for the festivities and familial spats of the holiday season.” — Jess McHugh, Digital Reporter
Ship your gifts ahead of time.
The TSA swears it's okay to bring your beautifully wrapped gifts through airport security, but I don't like taking any chances. And if you're thinking about bringing a fancy Wüsthof knife set for your in-laws, you should know TSA will absolutely confiscate it: wrapped or otherwise. To be safe, ship your gifts before you leave. — Melanie Lieberman, Associate Digital Editor
Get free amenities.
“Airlines often have a handful of complimentary items for passengers — if you know to ask. These include everything from sanitizing wipes to help fight off germs to children’s toys to keep tots occupied during long flights. On select Hawaiian Airlines flights, kids can score a ukulele, while plush toys and backpacks with games based on popular cartoons can be requested on Singapore Airlines trips. JetBlue even doles out unlimited juice and free snacks to children.” --Talia Avakian, Digital Reporter
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