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    Updated on Aug 17, 2020. Posted on Nov 18, 2014

    22 Travel Hacks You Need To Know This Holiday Season

    Merry travels.

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    1. Buy tickets on Sundays for the best deal.

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    Holiday airfare can put a serious dent in your wallet, especially if you wait to purchase your tickets closer to the holidays. A recent study showed that fare on Sunday was nearly $71 cheaper than Monday. If you can only purchase fare during the week, aim for Tuesday.

    2. Make sure to clear your history, cookies, and cache before searching flights.

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    Many airlines and travel websites track how many times you've visited their website and change their prices accordingly. To make sure you're getting the best prices when you book your holiday air travel online, be sure to to clear your internet browser's history, cache, and cookies to make it seem as if it's your first time visiting the site!

    3. Book a red-eye, if possible.

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    If your holiday plans permit, take the red-eye home (the last flight out of the airport that night) to avoid the madness of holiday traveling. Plus, red-eyes are typically cheaper AND you'll be in and out of the airport in no time.

    4. Fly out on the actual holiday.

    5. Bringing presents home? Don't wrap your gifts until you're at your destination.

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    Pack the wrapping paper and the present with you separately to avoid tears and wrinkling while you're traveling. Also, TSA can open gifts in checked bags. So, once you get to your destination, wrap it up!

    6. Use Seat Guru to plan your seating arrangement.

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    Seat Guru allows you to look at the layout of the exact airplane you'll be flying on when it comes to your holiday travels. You can scope out your ideal seating situation based on leg room, under-seat storage, and how close you're located to a lavatory.

    7. Use the app GateGuru to map out your airport visit.

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    GateGuru will help organize your holiday traveling from the start of your trip until the moment you leave the airport. The app provides airport weather, departure info, estimated TSA waiting lines, location of ATMs, and rental car information for over 200 airports across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

    8. Before you leave to go home for the holidays, get a flu shot.

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    Airports during the holidays are an easy way to catch the flu if you're not prepared. Make sure to get a flu shot two weeks before you start traveling to avoid spreading holiday viruses to your loved ones.

    9. Use curbside check-in.

    10. Use the airline's app to get your boarding pass.

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    Having a mobile boarding pass means one less physical thing to worry about and carry.

    11. Use airport TVs to charge your phone if all the plugs are taken.

    12. Bring a hoodie, even if you're flying somewhere warm for the holidays.

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    From a travel pillow to a laptop sleeve, you can turn your average hoodie into the best holiday companion you've ever had with simple folding techniques.

    13. Wear compression socks to increase blood circulation on longer flights home.

    14. Save holiday money by bringing your own liquor on your flight.

    15. Need to pass time on your flight home? Turn your smartphone into a TV.

    16. Staying at a hotel over the holidays with your kids? Turn your kids horizontal.

    17. If presents are taking up extra space in your luggage, roll your clothes, don't fold them.

    18. Hate the smell of luggage? Use a dryer sheet!

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    Place dryer sheets at the bottom of your luggage before packing your clothes to get that freshly laundered smell.

    19. Traveling with your New Year's jewelry? Find an old button.

    20. If you're taking any holiday treats or goodies, keep them refrigerated during your flight with frozen sponges.

    21. Pack holiday wine and/or champagne with ease.

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    Nothing rings in the holidays quite like champagne or wine. Put the bottle of your favorite holiday drink in between a pair of your shoes to ensure it travels safely.

    22. Keep all your bobby pins in one place by storing them in a Tic Tac container.

    Merry travels!

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