5 Final Holiday Flying Tips to Keep You Stress Free!

BY: - 23 Dec '14 | Travel

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It’s here!  We are days away from the biggest holiday of the year and one of the busiest travel days of the year.  Christmas Eve is going to be the busiest shopping and travel day of the year.  It’s a fact that no one can deny and we have a few final tips to help you navigate the busiest travel day of the year and remain stress free.

  • Plan ahead. Get ahead of the game and check-in online and print your boarding pass or send it to your smartphone/mobile device. This will save you time once you arrive at the airport. You won’t have to wait in a curbside line or counter lines to check-in.
  • Leave early! Normal suggested airport arrival time, for a domestic flight is 75-90 minutes before your flight.  You must be checked in 30 minutes before your flight.  Tack on an extra hour for traveling on one of the busiest days of the year.  The last thing you want to do while traveling during the holidays is to miss a flight (been there done that, it’s no fun).  So give yourself an extra hour in case you run into traffic on the way to the airport, trying to park or clearing the TSA security check point.
  • Know your flights’ status. Use the airlines app to check the status of your flight.  Knowledge is power and it will help you plan your time more efficiently.
  • Stay alert! Keep your belongings with you or in the care of a trusted travel partner.  Criminals are lurking in airports/train/bus stations waiting for the opportunity to strike.  Don’t be distracted by talking on your cell phone or being careless with your belongings.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Pack your patience. You’re not the only traveler.  It’s not called the busiest travel day of the year for nothing, so pack plenty of patience.  You’ll need it to deal with your fellow travelers and airport staff.

Enjoy happy and safe travels.   We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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What Can You Do if There’s a Flight Crisis?

BY: - 30 Dec '14 | Travel

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The holidays are winding down and for some that includes traveling back home or to another holiday destination by flight.  There’s risk involved with all travel that an accident or crisis will occur.   Sadly family and friends of passengers on Air Asia flight QZ8501 are now dealing with the unthinkable, the fact that the plane carrying their loved ones went missing on Sunday morning.

If a family member/friend is a passenger on a plane that is involved in a crisis/emergency or the plane is missing, what should/can you do?  It’s a topic we all don’t want to have to discuss but it’s something we should know how to handle, if it occurs.

If you believe someone in your family is a passenger and you have not been contacted by the airline, here are a few things you can do, if we’re ever faced with this unimaginable flight emergency.

  • Confirm that your family member or friend was indeed a passenger on the flight involved in the emergency.
  • Obtain confirmation from the airline. Call the airline and have them confirm that the person actually boarded the plane. You never know your family member/friend could have missed the flight or gave up their seat if it is a busy travel season (like the holidays) and the flight was overbooked.
  • Seek reliable information. If they are a confirmed passenger, ask the airline representative on the main customer service line, if a specific ‘emergency hotline/phone number’ for this flight has been established. Call the special hotline only for the most current news and information.  Don’t rely solely on the media for the latest information.
  •  Also ask if a physical ‘crisis center’ has been set up for this flight emergency. In most flight emergencies such as a crash/missing plane, the airline will establish a crisis center at the airport where the flight originated and ask family members to come the center and wait for official news and updates from the authorities.

Sometimes when we travel we often forget, but we should get into the habit of sending a family or friend a copy of our final travel itinerary.  Also remember to complete the emergency contact information when buying plane, bus or train tickets.

Safe travels!

BMWK, do you give your loved ones a copy of your travel itinerary?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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