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Travelling during peak travel periods can be notoriously busy, expensive and stressful, but the news isn't all bad. There are still deals to be found, provided you shop carefully and plan ahead.
Check out our 11 tips for peak travel periods.
1) Consult a travel professional.
2) Avoid peak travel dates.
3) Book early.
4) Be flexible.
5) Plan connections carefully.
6) Leave early.
7) Pack wisely.
8) Check the TSA website for the most current information.
9) Check in before arriving at the airport.
10)Travel early or late in the day.
11) Consider package deals.
Click here for details on each tip
We are often asked what to wear - and what not to wear -- on a plane. Here are some of our dos and don'ts:
Don't: Tight clothing.
Do: Natural, breathable fabrics.
Don't: High heels.
Do: Comfortable shoes.
Don't: Perfume or cologne.
Do: Freshly washed clothes.
Don't: Offensive clothing.
Do: Anything you would wear to church.
Don't: Warm-weather clothing.
Do: Layers, layers, layers.
Don't: Heavy metal jewelry or belts.
Do: Materials that won't trip the metal sensors.
We are often asked when is the best time to buy airline tickets? Or how to get the best price on an airline ticket? While there is no perfect formula, here are some general guidelines.
These are for air only. If you will need accommodations, ground transportation or sightseeing for any portion of your trip, please contact Anderson Travel. We may be able to put together a package that will be a better value in the long run.
And remember – “Cheapest” is not necessarily the best value.
Best day to shop:The best time to book a U.S. flight is usually Tuesday mid-day – because so many airlines release weekly sales early on Tuesday, prompting competing airlines to match prices – and this hasn’t changed much over the years, that Tuesday is a very good day to find a whole bunch of deals.
Don’t Shop too Early or too Late. The sweet spot for deals is usually found in the following shopping windows:
U.S. tickets: Shop between 3 months and 30 days before departure. 4-5 months in advance for peak travel times periods such as June, July, and August; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s; and other special holidays.
International tickets: Shop between 5 ½ months and 1 ½ months before departure, and 4-7 months in advance for popular peak travel period, especially the summer months.
Shop current deals: If you can travel when you want and can fly when deals pop-up, shop anytime because you never know when an airline will unexpectedly drop prices.
Be flexible. Compare airfares, non-stop versus connections, and nearby airports - But be careful. Be sure to understand the terms for the tickets you are purchasing. Some discount fares have different rules on changes and cancellations, some don’t allow for pre-reserved seats or charge even for carryon luggage. The cheapest ticket isn’t necessarily the least expensive in the long run.
Days of the week: In the U.S., Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday are usually least expensive. For international travel, weekdays are usually cheaper than weekends.
Expensive days: Fridays and Sundays usually cost more, especially in the U.S.
Time of day: Fly when most people don’t want to, such as dawn, overnight or flights during the lunch or dinner hour.
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