only $85, you can make getting through security a breeze. Ninety-three percent
of PreChecked passengers wait only five minutes in line, and they don’t even
have to take off their shoes, belts, light jackets, laptops, and liquids.
All you have to do is apply online, do a 10-minute background check, and wait to be approved. If you go spend the time doing it before the holidays, you can speed past those through the mile-long line waiting to see their families.
Luggage Stand Out
Once you’ve landed, waste no time picking out your luggage from the lineup. Use colorful duct tape or other markers to mark your luggage so you can spot it the second it comes out on the conveyor belt.
or brightly colored tape.
your initials with tape.
suitcase up in an ugly holiday sweater.
Not only will it save you time, but it prevents someone else from accidentally (or purposefully) taking your luggage. Luggage theft has been on the rise, particularly during the holiday season, since most suitcases carry valuable gifts for people’s loved ones. Avoid the chances of luggage theft slowing you down by making your suitcases boldly stand out.
Those were six helpful tips to keep you sane this holiday season. Make a list of them if you have to days before you’re supposed to travel. Check it twice.
Leave Several Hours Earlier Than You Think You Need
people try to get to the airport about two hours before their flight starts.
Some people live on the dangerously and leave later, which is fine, depending
on where you live.
if you’re traveling to an airport in a big city, especially during the holiday
rush, you’ll have to leave much earlier than you’re used to.
earlier, in fact. If you have an afternoon flight, for example, get to the
airport in the morning. You can slog through security (if you don’t have
PreCheck) and mozy on over to your gate with hours to spare.
like you’re going to miss your plane isn’t fun. It’s notably worse knowing that
airlines most likely can’t put you on the next flight to your destination due
to so many people flying.
Save yourself the spike in blood pressure and pretend your flight is at least three hours earlier than it actually is.
precisely what part of the airport your luggage check-in is at so you can beeline
directly there. Double-check the airline you booked with, the gate you have to
go to, and quadruple check the time your plan not only boards but takes off.
you have the flight itinerary memorized, factor in how you’re going to get to
the airport. Public transportation? Uber? Ask yourself if you’ll expect delays
getting to the airport, and what you would do if you hit significant delays in
your road time.
make sure you have enough space to carry whatever gifts you want to give to your
friends and family. Are the teddy bears already packed in your suitcase for
your little cousins? Have you thoroughly bubble wrapped the mug for your mom?
sure all the presents you intend to give to people are actually in your
luggage, not sitting on your bedroom floor near where you packed.
Don’t be the person smacking their forehead in the middle of the security line because they forgot something important.
Back-Up Plan for Everything
You’ve gotten to the airport hours early, just in time to get a message on your phone saying your flight has been canceled. Great.
rebook quickly, save your airline’s customer service number as a contact in
your phone. That way, you don’t have to lose precious minutes Googling the
number at the airport.
everyone from your flight will be trying to reschedule, call up your airline’s
international or foreign language service. If you know a second language, you
can use it. Otherwise, you can most likely get away asking to speak in English.
Inclement weather or overbooked flights happen. Expect the unexpected with every conceivable “What if?” scenario you can think of and plan ahead.
of airports have charging stations where they pamper their customers with free
access to electricity. The problem is, everyone and their whole family are using them. Or half of them don’t even work.
can make long hours in the airport fly by with those pre-downloaded Netflix
movies on your phone, tablet, or computer. Ensure you can actually watch them
by packing lots of extra batteries.
Portable chargers get cheaper every day, especially smaller ones for your phone. If you want to finish those business reports or assignments before hopping on your plane, you can invest in a portable laptop power bank. They’re a little pricier, but they’ll ensure you have enough juice to binge-watch a season or two of your favorite show while you wait to board.