Wherever you are in the world, flying home at Christmas to see friends and family can be a stressful ordeal. Getting all those final work tasks complete before setting off back home for the festive season usually feels like cramming in two months of work into a single week.
Flying home in the United States during the Christmas period gets extremely busy. The United States Department of Transportation revealed the volume of flights during said period increases by 54%.
Thus, being fully prepared for this busy month is imperative to limit stress as well as cost. With that in mind, here are some tips to consider whether you’re flying back to the East or the West this Christmas.
Write out an itinerary
Being organized will effectively make the transition from a hectic work life to a relaxing holiday break much easier. If you’ve put in place a semblance of order for your departure day, the likelihood is that it will help things run smoothly when you finally break up from work. Make sure to include details regarding what to pack, transportation, food snacks and final house chores that need to be done before you leave.
Book flights early
Leaving booing a flight to the last minute can result in you paying through the nose for a flight home. The Huffington Post recommends booking a flight “47 days prior to takeoff is the best way to score the cheapest fare[s].” The result were taken from a study online airline aggregator CheapAir undertook on 5 million flights to see what time period would result in the best savings.
Prepare for traffic
Always allow yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. Festive periods are renowned for being very busy and increasing the volume of traffic on the roads. If you have to be at the airport 3 hours before your flight make sure to give yourself ample time to arrive on time.
Always pack within the airline’s limitations
Never exceed the airline’s baggage limits. Millions of people each year fall foul of going over the allowed limit, which will usually costs travelers a significant amount. Parking4Less also suggests in its blog post entitled, ‘Beware of Cheap Flights Extra Costs’ flyers should be aware of the charges that many short haul airlines impose on unsuspecting customers. These include things such as infant taxes, booking fees when using a credit card, quoting prices without tax and seat reservation fees.