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Traveling around the holidays can be a real ho-ho-hot mess. Between being (approximately) one of one million people flying at the same time, the constant texts from family asking about your ETA, and worries about winter weather, there’s… a lot.
Breathe out. Here’s how to have the smoothest trip possible when it’s time to head home.
We live in this airport forever now.
Here’s a secret: book the 6 AM flight. Hear us out. Studies have shown that early morning flights have significantly fewer delays. Especially around the holidays, the last thing you want is to get stuck at the airport, watching your flight time get pushed back and dreaming of your childhood bedroom. Plus, if you live in a major city, you won’t have to worry about traffic getting to the airport if you leave home at the crack of dawn. So set your alarm now, and thank us later.
First, download an app that will help you find the most affordable flights – Hopper is a good one. And as a general rule, try to stay away longer. Not only will you benefit from unlimited (free) leftovers, your flights will be cheaper. So if you can swing it, stay a few days past the big holiday, and look for flights on less popular travel days — say, the Monday after Thanksgiving instead of Sunday.
Oh and PS: if you’re planning to go wheels up and you haven’t booked your travel yet, do it ASAP. There tend to be fewer last-minute deals in December. Tick tock.
Beach the change you want to see in the world. Use this tool on Kayak to see what you might be able to swing. Just enter the dates you’re interested in and you’ll get a quick overview of what it will cost to fly where.
And if your passport has been staring at you, begging to be picked up…this might be the time. Flights out of the country are sometimes cheaper than domestic ones this time of year. European vacation, justified.
Not the time to test your Olympic abilities. Planes are packed this time of year, so be careful about booking connecting flights without much time in between.
If you’re not flying direct, look for connecting flights that leave you at least 60 to 90 minutes for a domestic flight, and at least two hours for an international one.
TSA pre-check is your friend. Or Global Entry. Or Clear. The point is, you have options that don’t include standing barefoot in a long line of other people also standing barefoot. Here they are:
Home stretch. But there are some things you’ll want easy access to pre- and in-flight. So don’t forget to pack your…
Travel this season doesn’t have to be (quite) as bad as they say. If you’re strategic about booking flights and deliberate about what you bring, you’ll jingle all the way home (or wherever) with your holiday spirit intact.
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