Holiday air travel tips

Holiday air travel tips

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by Charlotte Today

WCNC.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 1:06 PM

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  • You have the baggage, airline tickets, and hotel confirmation so you think you’re ready and prepared to travel this holiday season. With the busiest days of the year upon us, I have a collection of travel tips which will help any traveler during this holiday time.
  • My favorite tips include:
    1. Depart from the arrivals area and return through the departure area.  Traffic moves faster at departures than at arrivals as everyone is scooting along waiting to see where their pick up is.
    2. Keep your carry-on baggage to a minimum.  Most airlines allow two carry-on bags but heavy passenger volume during the holidays may limit overhead bin and under seat storage.
    3. Spring forward! The busiest period for booking spring break travel is in January so take the time during THESE HOLIDAYS to plan your spring break and make reservations.  You will miss the rush and will be able to use your frequent flyer miles.  But if you have the Capital One Venture card you don't have to worry about planning so far in advance.
    4. Speaking of frequent flyer miles, make sure that this holiday season you have the best traveler rewards cards.  The Capital One Venture card has great benefits including no blackout dates and no restrictions, which is perfect for anyone traveling during the holidays.
  • Capital One’s Venture card allows consumers to fly on any airline, anytime with no blackout dates or restrictions as well as the ability to redeem miles for any travel purchase.  In addition, you can earn double miles on every purchase every day.
    • With the Venture card, there are no foreign transaction fees – many others charge up to 3% or more when the cardholders use their card to make purchases outside the United States
    • Venture's unique Purchase Eraser feature allows cardholders to automatically erase travel purchases on their smartphones using their rewards.  So those Thanksgiving travel charges can be erased right after you're done eating turkey.
  • Go to www.CapitalOneVenture.com for more information about the card.

 

Additional holiday travel tips from Randy Petersen:

    1. If you have a connecting flight, find out about lounge access.  It is usually $50 and can save you and your family from airport fever.  Plus it is a great place to charge up electronics.
    2. Never leave home without a fully charged computer, phone, iPad or e-reader. Both iBooks and Kindle offer an excellent assortment of downloadable books for $2.99 and $3.99.
    3. The Trusted Traveler program from the TSA has rolled out in many airports this year and those passing a cursory security check can apply and be part of the group that can leave shoes and belts on.  You can even leave your laptop in your luggage.  It is only offered in limited airports but it is definitely worth looking into.
    4. It’s not Why Fly? It’s Wi-FI. Buy a Wi-Fi pass ahead of time for you or the entire family. It’s often cheaper and then you don’t have to worry about taking out your wallet on the plane.
    5. If you must drive to the airport, consider off-airport or park and ride arrangements.  Some airport area hotels offer parking and shuttle services for a fee far less than general airport parking.
    6. Take along food with you to the airport when traveling.  Necessary snacks include water, peanuts, candy bar, apple and a bag of popcorn.
    7. Use hand sanitizer when traveling.  You don’t want to catch a cold during this time.
    8. Reconfirm your flight prior to departure. Simple but it will save you a headache.

 

 

 

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