The Thanksgiving holiday travel period, according to AAA, is expected to be the busiest it’s been in nearly a decade. And San Diego is projected to be one of the most popular travel destinations. An average of 60,000 people a day are expected to pass through San Diego International Airport (SAN) over the Thanksgiving holiday and that number is expected to grow to 65,000 between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Here are four steps that you can take to help make your holiday journey a smooth one:
1. Get to the airport early. Most airlines recommend arriving two hours prior to a domestic flight and three hours before flying internationally. The extra time makes possible delays at security a non-issue and also provides an opportunity to get a bite to eat, do a bit of shopping or to relax.
2. Reserve parking online. If you are flying out of SAN, parking here makes the most sense. From Long Term to Economy to Curbside Valet, we’ve got a parking option that is right for you. And when you reserve a spot in valet at upgradeyourparking.com – you can save time and money.
3. Know the rules. Clearing security is easier and faster when everyone in line knows what to expect. TSA has a host of travel tips on its website to help with that. Everything from how to prepare for holiday travel (don’t put wrapped gifts in your carry-on bag) to a reminder about the 3-1-1 liquids rule (you are allowed to bring one quart-sized bag containing liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes that are no greater in size than 3.4 ounces in your carry-on luggage) to a list of prohibited items (Samsung Galaxy Note7s, tear gas and lighter fluid) can be found at TSA.gov.
4. Stay connected to your airline. Flight information can change, so make sure that the airline knows how to reach you and that you know how to reach the airline. Reconfirming your flight status prior to leaving for the airport is always a good idea.
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