airlinetravelTraveling during spring break requires a whole new set of rules. — especially when planning your flights.  Using these simple tips can help you save your sanity and your pocket book.  

1. Pick Your Travel Dates Wisely
Traveling during a peak travel season tends to cost more. You need to be aware of this and plan accordingly.  There are a few things you can do to help with this. Be flexible. Try to travel mid week instead of on the weekend.  People trying to get the most out of their vacation want to travel on Saturday or Sunday, especially for their return if they need to get back to work or school. You can fly on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday you might save yourself some money.  When pricing flights play with your dates;  if you don’t get a price you like, look a couple of days before or after your dates. You might just happen on a flight that isn’t very full and therefore cheaper. If you go into it with firm dates and no wiggle room, you will be stuck with few options.

2. Location Makes a Difference when Choosing a Destination
The more popular a destination, the fuller the flights will be.  Which translates into more crowds and higher priced flights.  Look for an airport close to your destination that might not be as popular.  Check several airports.  If you are willing to fly into a nearby airport and then drive to your desired destination, you might save yourself hassle and money.  

3. Give Yourself More Time when Traveling on a Holiday
The airports will be crowded; make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get through security. Pack your carryon baggage according to TSA guidelines. Make sure you are aware of the restrictions on liquids and gels.  Also make sure you have proper identification. It is crucial to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare. I would arrive AT LEAST 2 hrs prior to your flight for a domestic flight.  Longer for International. The airlines like to be on time and will not hold a flight because of long security lines.  Please plan accordingly.

4. Be Aware of Crowded or Overbooked Flights
During such a peak travel season you can expect flights to sell out. This can affect your experience in the air. You won’t be able to have an empty seat to spread out into. If you are traveling with your family, it can be difficult to find seats together, especially if you are booking a flight that is close to capacity. Tell the agent as you are booking that you have young children. There are often things they can do to help you get seats together. If you are booking a lap child but hoping for an empty seat for them, don’t count on it. If having a seperate seat for your infant is important, you will probably want to book them their own seat. Also, don’t count on complimentary upgrades during this busy travel time.  

5. Expect Delays When Traveling on Spring Break
Not only is it a busy travel time, but there are also lots of weather conditions to be on the look out for. Airlines don’t like delaying flights so if this happens for a weather condition, accept that they are doing this for your safety.  By setting your expectations correctly, you won’t be unprepared if this happens to you. Pack extra activities for young children. Be prepared to purchase meals in the case of a delay. Hopefully you won’t have to worry about overnighting, but this can happen. If your flight is delayed due to weather, the airlines will most likely not offer complimentary food or lodging.

By following these 5 tips, you can make your spring break trip less of a hassle. No one wants to look back on their travel and have memories of a chaotic unpleasant flight. I hope these tips will help you to know what to expect and plan your flights better.

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