Many people travel over the holidays - by plane, train, car, and even boat! Whether you’re looking to escape the cold, visit family or friends, or simply go on an adventure, the holidays are a great time of year to go on a trip. Tiffany Schultz with the BBB joined us to share her top tips to simplify traveling this time of the year.
Plan ahead. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to make plans! Ticket prices and accommodation rates increase closer to the holidays. Additionally, the stress of last-minute planning may lead you to miss red flags or not read things properly.
Be careful online. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research before booking a flight or hotel online, including looking up the third party booking site at BBB.org.
Consider alternative airports when booking a flight. Some airports are more expensive than others so check if there is an alternative airport option. Direct flights may be a little more expensive, or an option to/from an alternative airport. A direct flight will also eliminate the possibility of missing a connection, especially in the event of weather.
Read the fine print. Whenever you make a purchase, know what you’re getting in to. When buying a flight, pay careful attention to the extras. Some airlines make you pay for a carry-on bag, seat assignment, and/or extra leg room, depending on the ticket you buy. Make sure to read refund and cancellation policies carefully. What happens if you’re no longer able to travel, or if weather causes delays or cancellations? Ask about extra fees before completing the transaction.
Consider a hotel outside the city center. Not only will you save a few bucks but you’ll also avoid the hassle of downtown traffic and the cost of hotel parking.
Load the airline’s app to your phone before you leave home. Familiarize yourself with the app and the tools that are available within the app. These apps are loaded with flight information, airport maps, standby lists and so much more.
Consider shipping gifts to your destination. Not only are these a hassle to carry on board but they also take up precious space in your suitcase. Checking an extra suitcase just for packing gifts can cost you an extra checked bag fee, plus there’s a chance it could get lost, leaving you at your destination without any gifts.
Be ready for a road trip. If you’re planning on driving to your holiday destination, make sure your car is tuned up and ready to go.
Consider travel insurance. If your plans go awry, travel insurance may be helpful. It’s designed to reimburse you if something goes wrong and you have to cancel your trip
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