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The Holiday Travel Survival Guide

The holidays make for one of the busiest travel seasons in the U.S. as Americans trek to destinations all over the country to be home for the holidays. But traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to turn you into a Grinch. With a little planning and the right attitude, you can survive any crowded airport or travel delay the season brings your way. And we have you covered with our holiday season travel survival guide to do just that. Follow these 5 tips and we guarantee you’ll survive the madness.

1.) Research, Research, Research

Just like you would for holiday gifts, shop around! There are plenty of tools available on the web to compare airline prices. However, before you take the deep dive into these convenient databases, be sure to clear your cookies. Many travel experts have reported that airlines and booking engines are using cookies to show potentially higher airfares on routes that you have searched often.

2.) Timing Is Everything!

Contrary to popular belief, buying at the last minute does not save you the most money. CheapAir.com combed through data on over 11,000 domestic flights to discover the optimum number of days in advance you should book airfare. According to the numbers, the sweet spot is around 49 days, or seven weeks, in advance. But the seven-week rule isn’t necessarily a surefire strategy for snagging the cheapest fare.

The concept of supply and demand applies to many things, including airfare. That’s why flying on popular flying days, such as Friday or Sunday, will set you back more. If you want to save, avoid these days and opt for the less popular travel days instead. The best days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

3.) Arrive Early

As conventional wisdom goes, it’s better to leave home and arrive at the airport early. This provides a cushion for unexpected situations that can range from being stuck in one of the long airport security lanes to waiting in the middle of heavy traffic on the freeway.

Try booking a flight early in the morning. It may feel dreadful forcing yourself out of bed, but wouldn’t you rather want to deal with significantly fewer people throughout your travel day? Plus, booking earlier flights sometimes lead to cheaper ticket costs. Now that’s a win-win!

4.) Purchase Access to an Airport Lounge

The airport terminal can be a crowded, noisy, and hectic place, making it less-than-ideal for relaxation. On average, 45.2 million travelers will traverse through the airport between Dec. 16 and Jan. 5. During these hectic times, the best thing you can do is purchase access to an airport lounge to get away from it all.

Instead of paying separately for snacks, drinks, food, fast wi-fi, or reading material, access your very own airport oasis instead for a reasonable one-time fee. Inside the lounge, you can enjoy all the previously named amenities and more: comfortable seating areas, plenty of power outlets to charge your phone, and unlimited food and beverages – all of this in a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere far removed from the hustle and bustle outside.

 

Trying one of these tips could lead to hundreds of dollars in savings, but applying them all can lead to a priceless benefit: peace of mind.

3 Airport Lounge Amenities You Didn’t Know About

If you ever need a place to relax during your layover, airport lounges provide all the comfort and convenience a traveler desires. The serene atmosphere and cozy ambiance inside the lounges will make you forget all about the noisy, bustling, crowded airport terminals and bring you into a state of tranquility that’s hard to match.

While there is often an expense associated with lounge access, the advantages outweigh the costs in terms of leisure and productivity. Moreso, many believe that airport lounges are a gamble not worth taking bets on to seek respite from the busy airport terminals. However, beyond the premium amenities offered at lounges, there are a number of hidden amenities that any kind of traveler can enjoy.

These little-known amenities will go a long way to provide the leisure needed to provide the best airport experience!

1.) Peace of Mind

The most valuable thing about an airport lounge is the relief from carrying your bags around everywhere. In New York’s JFK, more than 200 bags were stolen in a day! While it’s important to still keep an eye on your belongings, it’s nice to be able to go to the bathroom, grab a bite to eat, and simply leave your bags without airport security making a fuss over them. Plus, you can feel more confident walking away from your charging phone or your laptop for a few moments.

2.) Private Restrooms

With 243 million travelers traversing through the airport each year, even the most diligent cleaning crews struggle to keep them sparkly clean. Because of the exclusivity of airport lounges, far fewer guests journey into the restrooms and they tend to be much cleaner. Many lounge restrooms have real walls and doors between toilets rather than metal dividers, which add a welcomed level of privacy. They sometimes also offer extra amenities like dental products, combs, and even shoe polishing stations.

3.) Printing Services

Airport lounges like the American Express Centurion Lounge or the Delta Sky Club boast large conference rooms, fast WIFI, large screens, but fail to mention printing services. For a frequent business traveler, the ability to print documents for a meeting or conference while waiting for a flight is essential. We provide members and guests with their own “home office” while traveling for business or pleasure. It’s a simple service that truly goes a long way!

When traveling, you don’t need to sacrifice the comforts of your day-to-day life. Offering an upscale experience in both St. Louis Lambert International Airport and the John F. Kennedy International Airport, we provide passengers with a valuable suite of services. On top of alleviating the stress of air travel and ensuring a comfortable, relaxing journey with our fabulous amenities, any traveler can experience peace of mind thanks to the hidden amenities at our airport lounge.

Whether you’re an infrequent traveler looking for assistance in navigating the airport, a jet-setter who just wants to get through the airport quickly without the hassles involved, or simply traveling for pleasure and looking for a place to relax during your layover, we have all of your bases covered. The next time you travel through the airport, be sure to book access to a Wingtip Lounge lounge location and make your next airport experience enjoyable.