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December 27, 2012

Holiday Air Travel Tips

Tips for Holiday Travel

Don't Get Caught in a Holding Pattern

by Courtney Caldwell

Anyone who has traveled during the holiday season knows how challenging it can be with crowds, security and possible weather delays. Being prepared is the best way to prevent what can be a very stressful situation. Here are a few holiday travel tips to help you through the chaos:

  • If at all possible, avoid traveling on the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving. These are known as the busiest travel days of the year. Also, put some distance in days before and after Xmas... the weekends before and after are not only the busiest but also most expensive.

  • Go online to confirm your seat assignment. This will save you from waiting in a long line at the airport. Most, if not all, airlines offer check-in services online so you can easily print out your boarding pass at home. Once you get to the airport, just check your bag curbside and you're ready to go.

  • Another way to save time is to use a kiosk check-in when you arrive at the airport. These lines move much more quickly than waiting in line for an agent at the counter. Everything is automated but there are agents to help you just in case you need them. While you can add checked luggage to your boarding pass you will have to stand in line to give it to an agent at the counter, however.

  • Arrive at the airport two hours before your flight is scheduled to depart to allow for long lines and delays. Rushing will only cause more stress and ruin your holiday. Click here for all tips

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