“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin
Make your holiday traveling easier with these travel tips from Discover.
The holiday season is a popular travel time, so you might need to do a little more planning and take a few extra precautions to get where you’re going safely and as comfortably as possible. Here are some useful tips for holiday air travel.
- Book airlines and hotels early. Some may even give you a discount for early booking. Also, consider a package deal because peak travel periods can be the best time to buy one.
- Give yourself time at the airport. Arrive at the airport at least two hours early for domestic flights and three hours for international flights. It could mean the difference between catching or missing a flight.
- Travel early or late in the day. As a rule, airports are least congested – and delays are far less likely – in the morning and once the afternoon and evening peak is over. But keep in mind staffing can be spotty for very early flights. Also, check-in and shuttle-bus rides may take a while longer.
- Pack you carry-on wisely. Include essentials such as medications in your carry-on luggage, in case your other luggage gets separated from you. Remember, all liquids, gels and aerosols must be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml).
- Keep copies of your travel information in a safe place. During the holidays, it may be more difficult to get replacements if they are lost.
- Don’t wrap presents. Presents that are pre-wrapped might need to be inspected and unwrapped by security personnel. Think about doing you Christmas shopping online and having your gifts shipped to your destination.
- Check your departure time. Call the airline for flight status before leaving for the airport and use the Web for more than just booking. The latest self-service option in online travel can be tremendous times-avers during peak travel times. Whenever possible, print your boarding passes at home or use check-in kiosks.
Don’t let travel-related mishaps interfere with your holiday celebration. Plan ahead – and enjoy!
Some resources to keep you safe:
- Transportation Security Administration: http://www.tsa.gov
- Department of Justice: http://www.justice.gov
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: http://www.FDIC.gov
- Better Business Bureau: 1-703-276-0100
- MyMoney.gov: 1-888-696-6639