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8 timely tips for summer air travel

Posted on May 20, 2013
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TSA rules and airline fees and fares are changing.  Here are tips to help streamline your summer air travel. 

#1 Book your ticket ASAP. The key to securing the best deal is flexibility in your travel date and departure time. Also check into special fares or consider flying into an alternate airport and renting a car. Save up to 25% with car rental deals from Union Plus and choose from the top 6 rental companies.

#2 Arrive at the airport early. Airport parking, long lines at security checkpoints, and oversold flights mean it's a good idea to be an early bird when traveling by air. 

#3 Keep a close eye on your belongings. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a close watch over tickets, wallets, purses, and other belongings. Thieves don't take vacations; but they can ruin yours.

#4 Avoid getting bumped. 1) Get an advance seat assignment. 2) Check-in online.  3) Don't be late.

#5 Remember 3-1-1. Regulations limit the amount of gels and liquids passengers can take through security in carry-on luggage.  Keep travel-size toiletries to 3 ounces or less that fit comfortably in 1 quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag with 1 bag per passenger. 3-1-1. Not sure if I an item can be brought onto the plane in your carry-on luggage?  Use this "When I fly, can I bring…?" online tool provided by the TSA.

#6 Know your limits. Pack light and know baggage limits. Most airlines now charge for checked luggage and charge extra for overweight bags.  Some are considering even charging for carry-on. Check before you pack.

#7 Traveling with food and gifts. When it comes to bringing items through checkpoints, traveling with food or gifts can be a challenge. Not sure about what you can and can't bring through the checkpoint? Here's a list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.

#8 Taking children through security. The TSA asks that you take infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your bags. If possible, collapse the stroller before arriving at the metal detector. Get more TSA tips for traveling with children under the age of 12.

Safe and happy travels!  Don't forget to visit for all your travel needs!


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