We are nearing the hectic holiday travel season. Thanksgiving week is the busiest time of year at airports, and with additional COVID complications this year it’s going to be even more challenging to navigate. Here’s a good checklist of hacks to ensure you successfully get to your family for the holidays safely and without delay:
- Consider multiple bookings. Airlines are overselling flights and canceling ones unexpectedly leaving travelers stuck. As long as you can get a full refund, you may want to consider booking a backup flight in the event your primary one gets canceled or you get bumped. If you think this is unnecessary, just ask someone who was booked on Southwest the weekend of October 9th! Yeah, the airline may eventually get you to your destination, but if you miss Thanksgiving it doesn’t really matter.
- Consider using Uber or Lyft to get to the airport. As prices rise for everything, make sure you take into account the entire cost of getting to the airport – parking, gas, and car wear & tear. Rideshares could save you a bundle.
- Get to the airport 2 hours prior to your flight departing. Always a good reminder especially with COVID protocols slowing security screenings.
- Speaking of security screenings, sign up for TSA Precheck or Clear. If you go to https://www.tsa.gov/precheck you can register for Precheck which can make the difference of making or missing your flight. Benefits include shorter screening lines and no need to take your shoes off. It costs $85 for a 5-year pass, and numerous travel credit cards provide reimbursement for this. Check your travel card’s terms and conditions if you have one in your wallet that will credit you. Clear is more expensive but you get a virtual breeze through experience.
- You’ll need to bring a face mask. Unfortunately, there is still a federal mask mandate at all airports and on airplanes. Make sure you grab your face mask and keep it handy.
- Make sure your liquid carry-ons are TSA compliant. The max amount of liquid to go through security in your carryon is 3.3oz/100mL. Fortunately, Cavere has a solution that fits this size and helps you keep your face mask clean and smelling fresh for your entire trip. Find it here at Cavere’s website, and enter GOSAVE at checkout for a 20% discount.
Cavere’s face mask cleanser can double as a hand sanitizer. Since it’s made with 70% ethyl alcohol (derived from corn), you can use it to sanitize your hands instead of carrying 2 products with you.
We at Cavere hope that everyone has a safe and fun holiday season! Take care and God bless!