Me, sitting comfortably in a British Airways Club World seat. Photo by Benet J. Wilson
On Nov. 19, our friend Micki Maynard wrote a post for Forbes entitled “The Best And Worst Airlines For Holiday Travel.” Mind you, you will not see me near an airline during the holiday season because of the crowds and craziness.
At my age, I no longer have the patience or the tolerance that is involved with holiday travel. There are the crowds, the delays, the bumping, the rudeness and the overall uncivilized actions of those who are stressed out over the entire process.
But if you must go, research by FlightAware outlined in Maynard’s story finds that your odds of arriving on time are best if one, you’re flying west, and two, if you’re flying on Hawaiian Airlines or Alaska Airlines. If you’re flying JetBlue, the news is not good.
So I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. I’m going to be off for the rest of the week, spending time with my family, who is coming in from Texas.
I will NOT be traveling this Thanksgiving, thank the Lord. For those of you who are, I will wish good travel karma. But I’ll also offer you some tips to help keep your sanity. And I’ll be putting up “best-of” posts for the rest of the week so I can enjoy some time with my family. Have a great Thanksgiving!!
- Make sure you have three apps — MyTSA, Next Flight and GateGuru — on your smartphone (they are available on iPhone and Android). MyTSA will tell who what you can/can’t bring on the plane and give security line wait times. Next Flight will be a lifesaver if your flight should be cancelled or delayed. And GateGuru will give yo vital information — food and shopping — at your airports.
- Pack snacks and an empty water bottle. You are more likely to be delayed during this compressed period and you may not always have time to stop and buy something to eat. The water bottle can be filled beyond security and on your flight.
- Breathe. Yes, I said breathe. We can all get so stressed trekking through check-in lines, luggage check lines,security lines, food/retail lines and boarding lines, we turn into a bundle of nerves. I find sitting quietly with my eyes closed and taking a few deep breaths does a world of good.