Traveling, in general, isn’t always the easiest task in the world — especially when you factor in flying and airport chaos. When you’re traveling during the holidays, things are a whole different ballgame. If you want to make getting from Point A to Point B as easy as possible this holiday season, here are a few tips.
Avoid Peak Days
If you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a plane ticket and want to avoid long TSA lines and wildly crowded (potentially overbooked) flights, don’t travel on peak days. For Thanksgiving, this means Wednesday. Try to get another day off and fly on Tuesday, or fly over during the weekend and make a week out of it.
For Christmas and New Year’s, aim to fly a few days before the holiday as well. A lot of people try to fly in a day or two before the holiday, so beat the traffic and fly at least three days prior to the big day.
Opt for a Smaller Airport
The holiday season amps up airport traffic, delays, and chaos to a level 11, so it can pay off big time to book a flight at a smaller, less popular airport. Since they tend to have fewer flights, you can usually avoid heavy traffic and end up saving on rental cars if you need one.
Plan Your Departure Carefully
Like we’ve been saying, holidays mean a lot more traffic, both on the road and in the airports. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport — it’s better to wait in a terminal than almost miss your flight because of road congestion. You should also account for longer lines at security. During this peak travel time, it’s typically best to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight.