The difference between a well-organized holiday travel trip and a last-minute holiday travel trip is a breeze and a hurricane. Despite our best laid plans, things occasionally fall through the cracks and we find ourselves making those last minute travel plans. Here are a couple of tips to help you avoid the hassles associated with holiday travel.
Don’t Fly On Christmas
If you can avoid traveling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, do it. Save yourself the hassle and travel a few days before or after. The farther you get from the holiday, the more affordable your tickets will be and the more agreeable your journey will be.
When the deal is too good, think twice
With all of the deals and short cuts that surface at this time of year, it’s crucial to differentiate between what is a deal and what is a recipe for disaster. Before you rush to purchase a cheap ticket, make sure you read all the fine print. Check out every single detail before you jump on the offer.
Leave Extra Time for Mishaps & Delays
With so many more people traveling during the holidays, there are bound to be delays and mishaps, but if you leave with enough time to spare, none of these issues will get in the way of your plans. Bring a book with you wherever you go and you’ll enjoy the time you get to spend reading if you are early.
Travel Early in the Day
As a rule, airports are less congested during times when most people would rather be at home or even asleep. Delays are far less likely for early morning flights, and if you do encounter an issue with your originally scheduled itinerary, then at least you will have options later in the day.
Fly Direct to Avoid Possible Connection Delays
If possible, fly direct. If not, plot your connection routes carefully bearing in mind weather conditions that may cause delays. Avoid tight connections and this might save you from a sprint through the terminal or, worse yet, a missed flight.
Avoid Airline Counters
If you can, check in online and print off your ticket. Check your bags in curbside. This will save you some time and the hassle of being stuck in long lines at the Airline counter.
Use Your Airline Loyalty Program Points
Cash in those reward points for flights, accommodation, or upgrades. Be careful that you are getting the right value for the use of your points.
Have all you documents in one easy to reach travel pouch. Whether it’s your boarding pass, passport, phone, et al keep it all together so as to avoid headaches and getting disoriented.