This year has blown by and the holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving is literally 2 ½ weeks away and I can’t wait to try ShesGotFlavor’s ‘sweet potato’ pie recipe. Just in case it’s slipped your mind, Christmas is just 6 weeks away. If you haven’t booked your ‘Thanksgiving’ flight, well…consider driving at this point (lol). Prices have already skyrocketed. We are here to help with a few more holiday travel tips.
Still trying to figure out how to get a flight home in time for Christmas? Do you have a credit/debit card with unused rewards points? This is the time to use them. Reward points don’t have blackout dates…so redeem your rewards points now for holiday flights. I recently booked a roundtrip flight to Atlanta for $5 using 25,000 of my rewards points that I earned by using my debit MasterCard for everyday purchases.
Depending on which airports you use, you could book that premium flight during Christmas week for next to nothing. Busier ‘hub’ airports typically require more rewards points, but it doesn’t matter in the long run because you’re going to save a lot of money. Money that can be used for, let’s say…after-holiday shopping. (lol)
If you just can’t get home for the holidays, consider a trip home during the first two weeks of December or the first two weeks of January. The ‘Thanksgiving’ holiday travel rush will be over and in January the ‘Christmas’ holiday travel rush will be over. In the travel industry these are considered the ‘dead weeks’ of travel and you can get a fabulous deal on a flight. You’ll miss the holiday festivities but you’ll enjoy seeing family and friends.
The other key to holiday travel is to ‘learn how to pack and live out of a carry-on bag.’ Actually this is a good rule of thumb when traveling by air in general. Not having to check a bag on a roundtrip flight will save you $50 on the first bag and $70 on the second bag. Traveling with a carry-on bag also helps you save time. You won’t have to find the baggage claim area and wait for your luggage to be off loaded when traveling with just a carry-on bag.
The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with family and friends, not spent in an airport waiting on a plane. BMWK family what are your favorite holiday travel tips?