Its the season to be jolly – and we want to help you keep it that way – jolly. With Thanksgiving around the corner, the countdown to the holiday season officially begins! Because it is in our mantra to help you do things better, here is a helpful list of tips to calm your nerves and remain stress-free despite the demands the upcoming month may bring.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 51 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles if not more to get home for Thanksgiving. With airfares down 23% from last year (and the lowest in five years with round-trip domestic flights averaging $157), travel is becoming cheaper and more accessible. Wherever you may be headed during the period, start your journey drama-free by following these tips.
1. Waiting till the last minute can pay off
The 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday Air Travel Forecast report show the lowest rate of delayed flights occur on Thanksgiving Day. This means an early morning flight will likely get last-minute travellers to their family dinner on time.
2. Pack Light
We won’t say it enough but packing light for your travel is often the best way to arrive on-time to your final destination. You avoid the lost of your belongings and you have the added bonus of not being charged by airlines for checked bags.
3. Think Apps and Technology
It’s common sense to arrive at least two hours in advance to the airport as you’ll need time to do your check-in, parking and get a cup of coffee before crossing customs and security. But you can avoid some airport hassle by taking advantage of useful apps on your smartphone. Most airlines companies now have their own mobile application where you can check in, confirm seats and keep track of your flight status. Download the airport app as well to help you find your way through the airport, find your gate, and browse for any shopping deals prior to flying. Perfect for the gifting season.
4. Be patient
Last but not least – the most obvious point. It is only fair to remind you that patience is indeed virtue. The RewardExpert report warns that New Jersey and New York City metro-area travellers should anticipate delays during the holiday season. Delays at Newark Liberty Airport increased sharply last year, affecting more than one quarter of all flights over Thanksgiving 2016. With its five-year average of 78.7 percent of flights on-time, Newark is the second worst airport for Thanksgiving travel, with San Francisco International Airport coming in last at about 75.5 percent.
Traveling is unpredictable and can be convenient smooth journey for you to get to your destination on time. However, lets be real – it can also be a pain in the butt. Just remember, breathe, it will all be worth it in the end. Besides, it’s the price you pay to enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones!