Preparing for Holiday Traveling


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Be Prepared

  • Your tickets should already be booked, but if not, do it NOW!
  • Avoid heavy travel days.
  • Book your reservation to leave days before the holiday and return a few days after the holiday.
  • Check in online.
  • Bring a copy of your itinerary in the event the airline doesn’t have a record of your reservation.
  • Make sure all of your luggage has your name and address on it and remove prior airline tags.
  • Bring a few snacks for the flight.
  • Bring gum or breath mints so you are easier to sit next to.
  • Bring an ipod (make sure it’s charged) or a good book.

Be Flexible

  • Have a flexible itinerary.
  • Consider traveling out of an alternative airport. For example if you normally depart from LAX, give Burbank airport a try. You may find shorter lines and happier people.
  • Be prepared to sleep at the airport. Carry on a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. If your flight is canceled or delayed you may find yourself lounging in a terminal for the evening. Having a few small toiletry items can make it a little easier.

Be Organized

  • Get a carry on with wheels.
  • Make sure you know where your boarding pass, passports, ID, etc. is.
  • Tie a colored ribbon on the suitcase you check in so you can easily identify it when it’s coming down the chute or lined up amongst 100 other bags.

Be Considerate

  • Clean out your purse or laptop bag/backpack before you head out to the airport. Don’t wait to get to the security line before you realize you may have a lighter or some other item in there that could hold you up or get you pulled off for a second inspection. Take a little time at home to make sure you are only taking what you need and that your small liquid items are in a zip lock bag.
  • Wear clothing that is easy to slip in and out of in case you are required to remove a sweatshirt or take off your shoes or hat.
  • Don’t chat up the person sitting next to you. If they are not very responsive to you, leave them alone.

Be Savvy

  • Know what kind of tickets you are buying. What are the restrictions attached? Can you change flights? What is the penalty?
  • Choose your seating when you purchase your ticket online. Get what you want.
  • Check the internet for the airport you are flying in and out of. Find out what are the best parking lots, restaurants, shuttle service, etc.
  • Ask for a first class upgrade. Some airlines will allow you to use rewards points to upgrade at the ticket counter.
  • Make sure you have a mileage rewards point account with the airline you are traveling on. Some partner with car rental agencies for deeper discounts.

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