Are We Ready For the Holidays?

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Planning to visit Grandma’s for Thanksgiving or spend Christmas in sunny Florida? Traveling over the holidays can be a little bit hectic and busy, but the news isn’t all bad. There are still deals to be found. Check out some tips for holiday travel.

Avoid peak travel dates.

At Thanksgiving, Wednesday is the critical outbound “avoid” day as a rule. Traveling on Thanksgiving Day proper is often a breeze and more affordable; there are often cut-rate airfare deals on Thanksgiving Day.

On the return, Friday morning isn’t bad at all, with each successive day getting a little busier, more difficult and more expensive through Sunday evening. The bottom line: If you are looking for a deal, you won’t find one on the peak travel days. Travel off peak whenever possible.

Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Thursdays this year, so travel will likely be more spread out than normal, with no obvious peak days.

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Book early.

Haven’t booked your holiday travel yet? It’s time to stop waiting and start booking. Fares are only rising as Thanksgiving approaches, so those who hold out in hopes of a late-breaking sale are likely to get left out in the cold or pay a very steep price for their procrastination. The same goes for the Christmas holiday; book sooner rather than later, particularly if you require very specific travel dates or times. With the current state of the airline industry, it is never too early to book your holiday travel flights. Be prepared to be flexible with dates and flight times.

 

Know your airports.

Checking alternate airports is a pretty standard tactic, but at this time of year it can really make a difference. At no time can the alternate airport gambit pay off better than during the holiday crush. You can score on almost every front parking, rental cars, traffic to and from, nearby hotels and save both time and money.

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Pack wisely.

In the past, you may have been able to fit everything into your carry-on without having to check any baggage a strategy we still recommend. However, the TSA rules about liquids and gels make this a trickier proposition. For the record, you may bring liquids and gels in 3.4-ounce or smaller containers, packed within a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. If you want to bring more than the 3.4-ounce amount, you’ll have to pack the items in your checked luggage.When packing, keep in mind that most airlines are now charging travelers a fee for checking any bags on domestic flights (and even some international ones)

Use the Web for more than just booking.

The latest self-service developments in online travel can be tremendous time-savers during peak travel times. Whenever possible, print your boarding passes at home, use check-in kiosks or even pull up your boarding pass on your Smartphone.

Think about doing your holiday shopping online and having your gifts shipped to your destination. This will cut down on luggage and the risk of them getting lost.  Of course don’t forget to check our website and make your reservations at one of our eight beautiful properties through the US. For more info, click here