It's almost never too early to book your flight tickets on Thanksgiving. In fact, you should probably be doing this last week. As you prepare for Turkey Day travel plans, here are some tips to keep in mind, which will simplify travel days and make other travelers grateful that you are one of the few travelers who actually have them.
1. Hire a bag courier. If you are unable to take your hand luggage with you, make a reservation with the courier at least three days before the flight. Relatively cheap cost exceeds the convenience of getting your luggage to your destination.
2. Online check-in. Most airlines offer online check-in, which is available 24 hours before departure. If you don't check-in your luggage, you can go straight to the security line and get past these crazy check-in lines.
3. Depart from Arrivals and vice versa. Ask the driver, family, friend or taxi to leave arrivals and pick up departures. You will waste a lot of time off the schedule and avoid the typical frustration associated with travel.
4. Fly on Thanksgiving and / or come back home on Friday. You can find cheap tickets if you're flying to Thanksgiving. Plus traveling is very easy compared to Thursday before. Search for cheap flight tickets on Friday after a large meal to make your life easier. If you take your flight early enough on Thursday, you can still make it to the feast.
5. Do not pack wrapped gifts in a bag. You risk becoming that person in the safety line. Only with some boxes and wrapping paper when you reach your destination.
6. Search your bags in luggage on the carousel. It is usually too late for airlines to catch a staff thief if you are waiting to make sure that nothing has been stolen from your luggage after reaching your destination.
7. If possible, select airports. Fly to Midway instead of O & Hare, Maryland instead of Washington International, Oakland instead of San Francisco if you want less troublesome and cheap flights.
8. Bring snacks. Just as there is no reason not to book your flight tickets at a discount, there is no reason to pay for food at airport prices. If you want, you can pack the whole meal if you don't want to, and you don't have to worry about wasting time at a food stop.
9. Check the status of your flight before flying to the airport. Don't spend hours of your precious time sitting on the airport if you don't have to. On busy travel days, flights are often delayed and the time of departure is reduced, so be proactive.
10. Arrive early. Sounds too easy doesn't it? Too many people think that this rule no longer applies to them, but you never know what shenanigans you will meet at the airport. Perhaps the child in front of you on the safety line vomits and it takes an additional 45 minutes to divert the line. This is disgusting, but absolutely likely.
11. Start the detour. If your flight is full and no one gives up your flight tickets, you can legally start your own bidding war. Of course, this only works if you have something valuable to offer.
12. Take the first flight of the day. Getting up early is annoying, but you'll be more likely to avoid delays and find cheap tickets. Just remember that the sooner you reach your destination, the more you will have to take a nap before grandma asks you for help in a green bean casserole.
13. Build an additional stop time. Many discount sites offer minimal downtime. Try to manually set the time on the site or call the booking line to see if you can build at least an hour, just in case.
14. Get ready for security. You should already know this exercise: have your boarding pass and ID card handy, wear easily removable footwear, place all liquids in a plastic bag and take your laptop out of the bag. There is nothing more annoying than a person who takes 20 minutes at the conveyor belt because it is not prepared.