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5 Holiday Travel Survival Tips From the Pros

Posted by Amanda Rogers on Nov 27, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

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The holiday travel season is off to a rocky start with nasty weather hitting much of the country this week, plus winter storm Boreas battering airports in the busy Northeast corridor. Combine high winds, driving rain and blizzard-like conditions with holiday crowds, and you've got a recipe for monster flight delays. Want some good news? FlightView's had over 30 winters to hone our holiday travel skills and we're offering you our 5 best tips for surviving the not-so-friendly skies. 

  1. Pack light. Overhead space for storing bags is hard to find even if you're not on a packed holiday flight. If you can fit all your stuff into a backpack or other small carry-on, it'll fit under the seat in front of you. Not an option? You may be able to gain early boarding access for an additional fee so you get first dibs on scarce overhead bin space. 

  2. Technology is your friend. Use mobile travel tools, like FlightView's flight tracking app, to stay on top of any flight itinerary changes so you're not unpleasantly surprised by a delay or cancellation. You'll also get baggage claim information, departure and arrival gates, aircraft status and automatic updates - it's like having a personal travel assistant in your pocket.

  3. Sign up for pre-check. Envious of those fancy security checkpoints where VIPs breeze through without waiting in ridiculously long lines? That can be you next time. Enroll in the TSA's pre-check program for $85 and you won't have to stress about missing your flight from the back of the glacially slow security line. If you're traveling for Christmas, sign up asap - the enrollment process takes 2 to 3 weeks.

  4. Do your Wi-Fi homework. Before you fly, check with your airline on Wi-Fi availability and in-flight device policies since they're all carrier-specific. That way, you'll know whether to download your TV shows and movies before you board. Because frankly, season 3 of Game of Thrones is not just going to watch itself. 

  5. Be prepared. Check-in for your flight online the night before, skip the belt (who needs it anyway after all those holiday goodies) and complicated footwear, and bookmark your airport's mobile website so you know the latest on closed roads or full parking lots.

Still hungry for more holiday travel tips? Find out why the Aviation Queen named our CEO Mike Benjamin "A Holiday Travelers' Best Friend". 


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