Don't be that traveler: 14 Thanksgiving travel tips to simplify your life

It's almost never too early to book your Thanksgiving air tickets. In fact, you probably should have taken care of that last week. So, while preparing for your Turkey Day travel plans, here are some tips to keep in mind that they will simplify your travel days and make your travel companions grateful that you are one of the few travelers who really have it. all together.

1. Hire a courier service for luggage. If you cannot go with full hand luggage, make a reservation with a courier service at least three days before your flight. The relatively low cost exceeds the convenience of having your bags arrive at your destination before you.

2. Register online. Most airlines offer an online check-in service that is available 24 hours before departure. If you are not checking in luggage, you can walk directly to the security line and ignore the check-in lines of the crazy counter.

3. Leave on arrivals and vice versa. Have your driver, family member, friend or taxi, drop you off at arrivals and pick you up at departures. It will save tons of time out of your schedule and avoid typical travel frustration.

4. Fly on Thanksgiving and / or come home on Friday. You can find cheap tickets if you fly on Thanksgiving. In addition, traveling is very easy, compared to the previous Thursday. Look for cheap plane tickets on Friday after the big meal to make your life so much easier. If you take a flight early enough on Thursday, you can still arrive in time for the party.

5. Do not pack gifts wrapped in your bag. You run the risk of becoming that person on the security line. Only for some boxes and wrapping paper when you arrive at your destination.

6. Look for your luggage in the luggage on the carousel. Usually, it is too late for airlines to catch a staff thief if you wait to make sure they don't steal any of your luggage once it reaches its final destination.

7. Choose neighboring airports when possible. Fly to Midway instead of O & # 39; Hare, Maryland instead of Washington International, Oakland instead of San Francisco if you want cheaper and hassle-free flights.

8. Bring snacks. Just as there is no reason not to book discounted airfare, there is no reason to pay airport prices for food. If you wish, you can pack a full meal in your carry-on luggage if you wish and you won't have to worry about wasting time during the stopover to get food.

9. Check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport. Do not have to spend hours of your precious vacation sitting at the airport if it is not necessary. On busy travel days, it is common for flights to be delayed and delay their departure time, so be proactive.

10. Arrive early. Sounds too simple right? Too many people think that this rule no longer applies to them, but you never know what pranks you will find at the airport. Maybe the child in front of you on the safety line throws up and deflecting the line takes an additional 45 minutes. It's disgusting, but totally plausible.

11. Start as expected. If the flight is oversold and nobody renounces their plane tickets, they can legally start their own bidding war. This only works, of course, if it has something of value to offer to offer.

12. Take the first flight of the day. Getting up early is annoying, but you are more likely to avoid delays and find cheap tickets. Just remember that the sooner you arrive at your destination, the more time you will have to take a nap before Grandma asks you to help her with the green bean casserole.

13. Build in extra time of scale. Many of the discount airfare sites will offer a minimum stopover time. Try manually setting the time on the site or call your reservation line to see if you can build in at least one hour, just in case.

14. Be prepared for safety. You should know the exercise: have your boarding and identification card handy, wear easily removable shoes, put all your hand liquids in a plastic bag and remove your laptop from its bag. There is nothing more annoying than the person who takes 20 minutes on the conveyor because it is not ready.