With November coming up fast, it is wise to start thinking about your Thanksgiving holiday travels. November is the start of the busiest travel time of the year and with unpredictable winter weather, it means even more travel delays and unexpected situations that travelers have to deal with. Here are some tips to reduce the stress of holiday travel, that will give you more time to be thankful.
1) Plan early- Generally speaking, unless there are brief special deals that pop up, the earlier you purchase your tickets, the cheaper they will be. If you do want to wait to see if there are any discounts that arise, you should follow your airline of choice on social media (often times special sales will be announced on their pages to their loyal customers before it is available to the public).
2) Use your smart phone- Not only are there applications for tracking your flights and hearing about delays, but airlines such as Delta, Southwest, and American Airlines all have mobile websites where their customers can check in and confirm their seats. Don’t forget to charge your devices before you leave your house, there are outlets in the airport, but it could be hard to track down an open one with the amount of people travelling. If you can, make sure to bring a portable charger.
3) Check in early- By checking in as soon as possible, you will not feel pressured to rush, which can add unnecessary stress to your day. Being early also gives you more of a chance at switching to a better seat and you will ensure that you will not get bumped from your flight. When a flight is over sold, airlines usually bump the customers who are the last ones to check in.
4) Pack light- If possible, try to pack only the necessities. If you can avoid checking a back then you will also be cutting out: time spent checking and collecting your bag, paying extra money, and the stress of worrying about being separated from your belongings.
5) Always ask- In the unfortunate event of a storm or natural cause that makes it so you have to re-book your flight, ask if you will be expected to pay for it. Some airlines have been known to issue waivers for some Thanksgiving flights. If the weather does make it so your flight is canceled and you have to leave earlier or later instead, sometimes airlines will offer to re-book your flight free of charge. If it will save you money, then you should definitely ask.