Clark is perhaps the last American who still loves going to an airport and flying. Right now, he wants to share some tips if you’re planning to travel by air this holiday season.
If you’ve not bought a ticket yet, you’re probably better off just waiting a week or 10 days to see if there are any last-minute deals. For Christmas, traveling during off-peak days is the key to scoring a deal.
Here are some additional tips to get you where you’re going this holiday season.
- Fly before 3 p.m. on any travel day if possible. You’re likely to avoid weather delays that way.
- Beware of excessive baggage fees if you’re taking presents to or from your destination. Remember, Southwest Airlines allows two bags per person each way for free, while JetBlue allows one bag per person each way for free.
- Shipping packages with UPS Ground or FedEx Ground can help with excess gifts. Ship them instead of fly them. If you do so, you have a better chance that they’ll get there in one piece at much lower price than most airlines will charge you for baggage handling. A medium-sized 18″ x 18″ x 16″ (3.0 cubic feet) box will typically ship for $20-$25. Many big-box office supply stores have UPS and FedEx drop-off points, as well as USPS pickup. Be sure to compare the cost on all these services before making a decision.
- Search both Kayak.com and Southwest.com when looking for fares. Southwest does not publish its fares to screen-scraper sites like Kayak.
- Be sure to arrive at the airport 90 minutes before your domestic flight departs. And remember, when you get to where you’re going, you’re going to have fun!