Travelling During the Busy Holiday Season

Santa isn’t the only one logging flight time around Christmas! Lots of people are visiting friends and family, and it’s also a great time to escape the cold in a tropical locale! Flying during the holiday season is all about planning ahead and managing your expectations.

  • Triple-check flight plans
    After booking flights online, call the airline and confirm your seats. Airlines may overbook during the holidays, so calling to check will give you time to make alternate plans if necessary. If you haven’t booked yet, try to select nonstop flights. The delays due to weather and overbooking, can make connecting in busy airports an ordeal you want to avoid!!
  • Pack smart
    Keep packing simple and appropriate to your destination, whether it is a cruise, beach wedding or other holiday getaway. Check out our Top 10 Packing Rules for more tips.
  • Leave gifts unwrapped
    If you are enjoying Christmas or other holiday celebrations while away, do not wrap your presents. Even in checked baggage, there is a strong chance they will be unwrapped by security personnel, especially when travelling internationally. Save yourself the time and bring gift bags instead for when you arrive.
  • Bring your chargers
    This seems like a no-brainer, but bring all your tech and cell phone chargers! Also plan to have your phone charged before you leave for the airport.
  • Check in early
    Checking in online the day before your flight saves you time, plus you are less likely to be bumped from an oversold flight if you arrive with boarding passes in hand.
  • Getting to the airport
    It’s the holidays – there are bound to be delays. Avoid the stress of missing your flight by arriving at the airport well in advance of your flight.
  • Be polite
    Everyone is stressed, including employees at the airport. Being courteous is a great way to brighten their day, and if an issue arises with your flights, staff are far more likely to help out someone with a good attitude! ‘Tis the season to be jolly after all.
  • Know what you are entitled to
    During busy travel periods there is a lot of confusion, so check to see what sort of compensation you are entitled to if you are involuntarily bumped or rebooked on a different flight. The amount typically varies by the amount of time you’re delayed.
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