Travel Tips

5 airport mistakes to avoid on your next trip

From traveling to the airport to baggage drop getting to the boarding gate, just getting through the airport these days can throw pitfalls at you that you never saw coming. Even if you sail through the lines, there are other things you can do to make the wisest use of your time, and money, at the airport.

5. Snap Photos of Your Parking Space to Help You Remember Where You Parked

Taking a quick series of photos with your phone to remind you that you parked in section C on level 4 of the airport parking lot can save you plenty of hassles when you return home from your trip.

4. Use public transport to get there

Traffic in the city can be slow sometimes, although you can always rely on cars and buses, subways and light rail systems are often the best. Airport parking costs can add up quickly too. If you take public transport to and from the airport, you can save a bit of money.

3. Don’t fall for the taxi scam

After you find your luggage most people would insist on getting the first cab they see, in most cases these taxis are expensive. Rather request an Uber, or similar service, as you walk off the plane, and it should be pulling upright as you hit the curb.

2. Bring an empty water bottle

Bring an empty bottle and fill it up once you get past security checkpoints. If you can, you should avoid buying snacks and drinks at airports because they’re overpriced

1. Check-in 24-hours before your flight

During holiday season airports like John F. Kennedy International Airport and OR Tambo International are extremely busy. I recommend checking in online. This allows you to avoid waiting in the check-in line at the airport, which is great if you’re traveling with just carry-on luggage.

Tip: Airport lounges

Entrance to most lounges used to be exclusive to those with a first- or business-class ticket. Lately, there are many credit cards which offer lounge access as one of their perks. With amenities such as free Wi-Fi, drinks, and snacks.

*Post in collaboration with Travelstart*

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