Best Air Travel Tips to Save You Time and Money

You’ve got your ticket, and you’re ready to go. But wait – here’s a few things to remember before you head out the door: some great tips that will save you time and money.Follow these tips – and bon voyage!

Print your boarding pass before you leave home.

You’ll save time at the airport, and maybe a little frustration as well.

Follow the TSA guidelines.

You know you’re not supposed to carry more than a 3oz. container of liquid in your carry-on, so why even try?

Check your flight on the airline’s website but don’t believe everything you read.

Sometimes, a flight will be listed as delayed for two hours – but if the airline fixes the problem in one hour, that plane will depart – with you or without you. Don’t take chances, show up for the scheduled departure time – and if you’re waiting on a delayed flight in the gate area, don’t wander too far.

Don’t be late.

Many flights are delayed, but some leave on the dot and some leave a few minutes early– if your ticket says you must be in the gate area 15 minutes (or half an hour) before departure, be there.

Avoid Bag Surprises, Pt. I. – Most airlines now charge for checked bags – see our Domestic Airline Fee Chart to find out what “extras” you’ll be charged for.
Avoid Bag Surprises, Pt. II. – Airlines are cracking down on the size of carry-on bags – see our Carry-on Size Chart to learn the precise bag dimensions allowed by each airline (and weight restrictions).


Published: March 18, 2009