Traveling on the holidays can be a nightmare, so much so that some people opt for a holiday alone rather than put up with the fiasco of flying to see their loved ones. There’s no need to skip out on the holidays this year though. Here are some tips that will help get you through your trip to see the family.
1. Sign up for status updates.
There are plenty of apps you can get for this one. If you don’t want to download a new app, you can still sign up for alerts via your carrier’s website or even monitor the airport’s Twitter feed. Getting updates will help you coordinate if there are any delays or gate changes.
2. Get TSA PreCheck.
The prep work for this benefit is worth it. Cut down on your time in the security line (and keep your shoes on!) with this great perk. You will need to make an appointment and get a background check, but it’s definitely worth the time spent.
3. Fly on less busy times.
By picking less popular times, you’re likely to save money and save on the hassle of packed airports and delays.
4. Check wrapped or prohibited gifts.
Don’t forget about this one! Wrapped gifts will be unwrapped when you go through security, slowing down your travel and other’s. Be sure to check gifts and prohibited items beforehand.
5. Re-think that short layover.
While it can be tempting, avoid shorter layovers that could end up with you needing to rebook your flight. Even a slight delay can make you miss your 45 minute window. Also, keep in mind that you may need to travel from terminal to terminal to get to your next gate and some gates close 15 to 30 minutes before departure — meaning your 45 minute window might really just be a 15 minute window.