Now that the holidays are just around the corner, here are a few tips for holiday travel:
Book Last Minute
Typically we encourage travelers to book flights between 60 and 90 days before their date of departure. That time-frame has obviously now passed, leaving many travelers scrambling to find holiday deals. Data shows that airlines were a bit too aggressive this year with pricing early on, leaving seats still to be filled and sales are popping up for many different destinations. Start searching now, as early December bookers could save the most on holiday flights.
Fly on the Holiday
Flight searches by date can vary. Flying midweek, early in the day or late at night saves the traveler money. This can also be true on holidays. Many times the lowest fares go to travelers that are willing to fly on the holiday itself, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve. Plus, at 35,000 feet some airlines are very festive and the cheer can still be felt.
Travel into Alternate Airports
For travelers with a set destination in mind, taking the time to compare nearby airports could mean major savings. Take the time and do your homework, it can be worth it!
Save Your Miles
Miles get tricky around the holidays, especially since “low points” seats for the most popular travel dates sell out even before the Halloween candy has hit the shelves. Plus some airlines implement the never-popular blackout dates. Accumulated miles, whether through an airline or a credit card, are used most economically either when travel plans are booked early or a traveler has flexibility with their itinerary. Our advice: Save the points during the holidays unless you snag a great deal.
Invest in Hand Sanitizer
The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most sniffly time of the year for many. Keep that in mind and pack plenty of hand sanitizer to help fend off germs. There’s nothing worse than realizing during ascent that you’re stuck in a cabin full of recycled air. Drink lots of water and wash your hands often–whatever it takes to guarantee your holidays will be joyful and healthy.
Plan Ahead for Delays
This time of year delays are pretty much a guarantee, whether it be crowded airports, bad weather, or mechanical problems causing them. Plan ahead so that when you’re stuck behind infrequent travelers and their families at the security line it doesn’t cause your stress. Avoid connections when booking, even if you have to pay a little more. If you have to connect, make sure you have plenty of time between flights. Also make sure you are at the airport earlier than you normally would be the day of departure. Just bring along your tablet or a good book to enjoy while waiting.