Last year over 99 million Americans traveled over the holidays. With Gas prices on the decrease, we expect even more will travel in 2015. While traveling is often glamorized by celebrities, it can be very stressful for the average joe... who doesn't happen to have a private jet. We have put together a few travel hacks to get you and your family to your destination with less stress, and a little more money in your pocket.
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1. Book flights on Sundays:
If you've ever flown between October and January, you know the price of a flight can skyrocket. According to ABC news, booking your flights on Sundays can save you a lot of money. Sunday flights ended up being $71 cheaper than Monday flights. If you're flying with a family of 4, that can save you almost $400!
2. Book a red eye:
Most people hate taking the red eye, which means the prices for those flights are much more affordable. We personally are all for the red eye. You don't waste precious daylight hours on a plane, there are shorter lines at the airports and most people sleep the whole flight... meaning less of a chance of screaming children.
3. Clear cookies/ use a private browser to book flights:
Many airlines and travel websites track how many times you’ve visited their website and change their prices accordingly. To make sure you’re getting the best prices when you book your holiday air travel online, be sure to clear your internet browser’s history, cache, and cookies to make it seem as if it’s your first time visiting the site. You can also use a private browser too!
4. Ship presents (or at least leave them unwrapped):
If you have a lot of people on your list this year, shipping presents to your destination is the most economical way to go. If you have an Amazon Prime account, shipping is free and if you have the Chase Freedom® card, you'll get 5% cash back on Amazon purchases, it's truly a win/win. If you have to take gifts with you, do not wrap them. TSA will rip them open anyways, so it's best to wrap once you get to your destination.
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5. Get a flu shot:
Airplanes are cesspools for germs, and no one wants to get sick over the holidays. Make sure you get a flu shot before traveling this year, it will be one less thing that you have to worry about.
6. Use the airline app to check in and get boarding pass:
If you are not checking into your flight online, where have you been the last 10 years? Checking in online makes life so much easier. You avoid the lines, and it's just one less thing you have to stress over. Most airlines have their own apps now too. For example, if you're flying United Airlines, you can check in with the app, and save your boarding pass all at once. In the United app, you can save more than one boarding pass too, that means you can keep your entire family's documents all in one place.
7. Take your own alcohol:
The holidays can be stressful, so we won't judge if you want to take the edge off. Instead of buying overpriced cocktails on the plane, bring your own TSA-approved elixirs and save the money. Screwdrivers anyone?
8. Dress accordingly:
Airplanes are freezing and uncomfortable, so do your best to combat it. We suggest dressing in layers so you can add or take off depending on the climate. Also, a hoodie doubles as a great pillow in a pinch.
9. Roll your clothing instead of folding:
This is an old military method, so you know it works! Rolling your clothing saves space for all of those presents you'll be bringing back home with you or that extra pair of shoes you'll probably never wear.
10. Stay hydrated:
bring and empty water bottle to the airport and fill it up after you get through security. The filtered bottles are the best! This will save you from buying $4 bottles of water, especially when you have thirsty crying children.
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