(Closed) Holiday travel tips

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Member
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A the further out from the Holiday on either side the cheaper the tickets.  The highest demand and prices will be the day before and after, because thats when the most people will be traveling.  As you back out further you should get better deals.  Book the tickets as early as you can- prices will just keep going up the closer we get to the Holidays.  

If you’re family is going to be planning things to do with you- parties etc, ask them not to plan anything within the first 24hrs of your arrival.  This way if there is weather delays, you aren’t sitting in the airport flipping out because you are supposed to be at ______ and wont get there in time.  

Another option might be train.  Amtrak has a line that stops in cleveland and syracuse.  I believe its about a 6hr train ride.  Personally I love using the train when I can- the pros are no security lines, super easy checkin, way bigger seats/more comfy then plane, dining car for snacks, outlets so you can laptop, charge phone etc.  It might be worth looking into.

Post # 4
Member
5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just booked my christmas flights so the earlier the better and I find that a few days pre/post actual holiday are cheaper. If you find something $50 more than you usually pay just book it. 

I mean its crowded in the airports but its not THAT terrible. Just show up 30 minutes earlier than usual and be prepared for more crying babies on board than usual.

Post # 6
Hostess
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ok, so I was just in the Columbus airport recently (apparently its cheaper to fly into than ‘Nati and equi distance from my ILs) and it was EMPTY. So, I’m sure it will be busier during the holidays, but you won’t have to worry too much because it’s a pretty small airport.

I fly ALOT (I’ve banked at least 30k miles since Jan) and what I strongly reccomend you do is look at places like cheaptickets, etc. However, if you find a cheap price go directly to the airline site, search for the same flight, and buy directly from the airline! First of all, you can sign up and make sure you get miles for your ticket. But more importantly, if something goes wrong (I have a very long, Christmas trip from h#ll a few years ago where snow really messed up Darling Husband and I’s tickets separately from one another.. I’ll spare you) third party websites often will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to help you out. Purchasing direct, however, the airline you’re supposed to fly on will try to rebook you, etc. if your flight is cancelled. 

The day you fly – don’t wear anything metal that you don’t need to. No big jewelry, don’t carry change, etc. It will make it easier to go through security. Have your liquids ready, and you’ll be fine. You just don’t want to hold up the line so if you have a laptop, start taking it out while you’re in line, etc. 

Good luck!

 

Post # 8
Hostess
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@CorgiTales:  Sorry I totally read your original post incorrectly. I see that you’re flying out of Cleveland now (I must have read it backwards.) I think you’ll be fine. If there’s snow, just leave the house with plenty of time. It’s better to sit at the airport in cases like that than getting there late and stuck in security lines. (Although, I did fly on Chirstmas eve once and was generally really impressed at how fast everything went because they must have made every single person work that day.) 

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