5 Labor Day Weekend Travel Tips

Cheaper Gas and Improving Economy Spur More Americans to Take a Trip

By Paul Riegler on 26 August 2014
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A record number of Americans will travel this coming Labor Day weekend, fueled by cheaper gasoline prices and an earlier start to the holiday.

According to the AAA, 15% more people, or 35 million, will be on the road in a few days and many will drive. The U.S. airlines’ trade group Airlines for America said that 14 million people will fly during the holiday weekend, a 2% increase compared to last year.

Here are five tips and strategies to make your trip more enjoyable.

1.) Don’t overlook last minute bargains for hotel rooms. Once a hotel determines that it hasn’t fully booked its rooms for the holiday weekend, it can offer deals that translate into tremendous savings for you. Last year, many last minute bargains were available, especially on the Internet.

2.) When planning your drive or trip to the airport, allow for traffic jams, backed up security checkpoints, and delayed flights.

3.) Travel light. If flying, pack only what you can fit into bags that qualify as carry-ons. Dragging heavy suitcases around slows you down; waiting for checked bags to arrive takes away from your vacation time.

4.) Make copies or scans of important documents, such as passport, drivers license, credit cards, and carry the copies with you. Pickpockets and thieves love tourists and holidays.

5.) Plan for delays. Delayed flights, oversold hotels, and bad weather are almost a certainty. Check weather forecasts for your destination as well as departure city. If your flight is delayed or cancelled and you have frequent flier status with the airline, call the airline’s gold or platinum desk instead of joining the queue at the airport with everyone else needing rebooking. The agents on the other end of the phone are there to help the airline’s best customers.

Finally, bring snacks along (your plane could end up sitting on the tarmac for several hours or you could end up stuck on the highway behind an accident), keep emergency phone numbers at the ready, and your mobile phone’s battery fully charged.
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