Tips for Flying During the Holidays

Posted on December 21st, 2011 by Discount Debbie

Are you flying this holiday season? Flying during the holidays can be quite stressful especially if you are traveling with a large family. Have you ever Watched 19 Kids and Counting? I can’t imagine how a family that size does it when I have a hard enough time with my two kids and husband. However, there are some things to make your airline travel easier and a lot less stressful for you and your traveling companions. It may even save you a few bucks.

 1. Check in online. Even though you have to check your bags when you get there, those lines are shorter.

 2. Arrive early! Even if you are used to flying other times of the year and arriving an hour early, the lines are longer and many more people are traveling so the wait times will be longer as well.

 3. Check your bags for prohibited items. Remember that security does now allow liquids unless on approved lists. Ladies, ditch the sharp fingernail files! Once my dad was flying and he forgot to take out some pistol shells out of his overnight bag that he was traveling with. Needless to say, he was detained for quite some time by security.

 4. Traveling with infants and formula or breast milk? Be prepared for longer security times. Although most airports have family lines, it does take a while for families to get through if you have liquids. These items are permitted, but do have to be screened by security thus taking more time. Also have easy on/off shoes for your kids as yourself. Children have to take their shoes off too.

 5. Have your identification ready. You are going to have to show your boarding pass and ID at least twice when you are at the airport. Save time by having it close by and easily assessable.

 6. Take your own snacks. Have you seen the cost of airport food? Nix buying those and bring your own. You may not be able to bring liquids, but you can certainly bring snacks.

 7. Pack large electronics on top layer of carry-on for easy accessibility. All electronics must be taken out and screens in a separate plastic bin. The easier it is to get to the better off you will be.

 8. Weigh your luggage before you go to the airport! You do not want to pay extra for luggage especially if it’s only over a pound. Some airports have a scale right by the drop off so use that before you even go in so if you need to unload some stuff you can. If your stay isn’t long try to just take a carry on, but be careful because if it’s too big they will just make you check and and charge you anyway.
Here’s what another Thrifty Divas says she does to save time and money with luggage. “My husband and I weigh our luggage using a common bathroom scale. I have him stand on it and I write down his weight. Then while still standing on it he lifts the piece of luggage off the floor, then I take that number. We subtract his weight from the weight + luggage number and we then know how much the luggage weighs. It’s been accurate every time!”

9. Bring an empty water bottle. Here’s a free way for you to drink while traveling. You aren’t allowed past security with any drink, but you can certainly fill your water bottle up on the other side with with water fountains by the gates.

10. Bring your own entertainment. The airport is full of gadgets and magazines to help you pass your layover time. However, the price can be as big as your layover. So bring your own entertainment and save the money.

Are you flying this holiday season? What is your strategy for saving money and traveling easier?


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