Travel Tips

Is it safe to logon to an airport's wireless internet service?

Yes, it's okay to surf the web wirelessly, but think twice before entering personal information such as banking passwords or credit card numbers when connected wirelessly

Is it advisable to buy someone else’s frequent-flyer vouchers or unused tickets?

No! Most airline programs have rules against this practice, and you could be denied boarding if caught. Today’s security technology increases your chances of getting caught and possibly being prosecuted. Additionally, these items are often copied or faked, leaving you the victim of fraud.

How can I get the most out of my frequent-flyer points?

Check several itinerary options. Different routes or days traveled can save you points to use for another trip

Check airline partners. Many airlines have partnership agreements that will accept frequent flier points from your regular airline.

Stay in hotels and use rental car companies affiliated with your program. When you charge meals and services to the hotel room, you can earn even more points. You can also use sponsored credit cards to earn extra points.

How can I avoid waiting in long lines at the airport?

Before you leave for the airport, check your flight status online or with the airline for an update. Delayed flights often lead to longer lines, so be sure to arrive early enough to make your flight.

When available, check-in online rather than at the airport and use curbside baggage check-in to avoid the long lines at airport counters.

What should I do if my flight is delayed or canceled?

If possible, use your cell phone to either call or check online for alternate flights which may be available. The last thing you want to do is wait in line at the airport counter with everyone else.

If you will need hotel accommodations due to the flight delay or cancellation, you might also want to make a reservation yourself as rooms quickly become unavailable in these situations.

What’s the best way to pack liquids?

Use plastic bottles and only fill them half way (in case they’re crushed or the contents freeze and expand), place plastic wrap over the top, and put the cap on tightly over the plastic wrap. You also might want to pack them in plastic freezer bags.

What about the medications I need for my trip?

Always pack your medications in your carry-on bags, never in your checked luggage. It is far less likely to be lost or harmed due to temperature extremes. Additionally:

Carry your medication in their original bottles to help avoid security issues.

If you have any questionable medications or particularly large supplies, you may want to bring a letter from your doctor explaining your need for these medications.

If you’re traveling outside the U.S., check to see what you can bring with you. Legal medications here might be prohibited elsewhere.

Are there advantages to using a travel agent to book my travel arrangements?

Yes, travel agents are knowledgeable and have many booking tools available to save you time and money.

Unlike many online booking sites, travel agents provide priority customer service and as members of The American Society of Travel Agents, they adhere to code of ethics.

Travel agents offer one-stop shopping for all travel arrangements, a convenience that is often not available.

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