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Holiday Travel Tips

Updated: Mar 1

Okay everyone, it’s time to talk about the true Nightmare Before Christmas: holiday travel (specifically, flight tips for the holidays).

How far in advance should you book flights? What are good ways to adjust to a different time zone? How do you avoid crowds? I’m so glad you asked!

Data shows that booking flights 4-6 weeks in advance is your best bet for pricing and ideal times. The cheapest times to book are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, for major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day, it’s a good idea to book about 2 whole months in advance in order to get your ideal times and seats.

When arriving at your destination, try to pick a flight that lands in the morning. Whatever you do, don’t go to sleep until around 10PM that night. No, it won’t be fun that first day, but forcing yourself to stay awake will help you beat jet lag right off the back, and set you on the schedule of everyone you are going to visit. Keep in mind that it’s a bad idea to drink excessive amounts of coffee during the day, or to drink alcohol before bed, since both of these drinks make it harder to fall asleep.

Finally, taking red eye and late night flights are the best way to avoid crowds, since most people, especially those with children, are aiming to fly during peak hours. Registering for some services can allow you to be prescreened by security, helping to avoid those long TSA lines. Last but not least, certain credit cards provide perk-access to exclusive airport lounges that have much smaller crowds, free snacks, and stronger wifi.

Overall, plan ahead! If you follow these tips, your holiday flights don’t have put a damper on your holiday season.

written by Jessica Fields

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