Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Traveling

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  • Check for Flight Cancellations
  • Avoid Peak Travel Dates
  •  Book Flights in Advance
  • Consider a Smaller Airport
  • Weigh Bags at Home First, Check-In Lines Will Be Long
  • If You Are Driving, Check Your Vehicle
  • Bring Reading Materials and Games for the Children
  •  Ship Gifts in Advance
  • Use Technology to Help You Plan
  • Your Holiday Travel Guide

Book Flights in Advance

Fare increase heavily during the holiday season. Around Thanksgiving flights can increase up to 17 percent. They can go up 51 percent around Christmas, and spike by 15 percent for New Year's. Check out travel sites like Expedia, Priceline and Kayak for the cheapest times to book airfare for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve travel.

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