The summer travel season is fast approaching, however this doesn’t mean you have to pack extra headache pills. We’ve put together a few tips to hopefully ease your air travel and help make your trip a little smoother. As always, if you have any questions about the latest rules and regulations about visiting Asia, please feel free to contact us.
- Book your ticket ASAP. If you must book last minute, remember the key to securing the best deal is flexibility in travel dates. Also make sure you have all the appropriate travel documents. Charming Asia Tours can advise you on the new rules.
- Arrive early. Difficult airport parking, long lines at security checkpoints and the possibility of the airline overselling the flight and bumping passengers should all be considered when deciding what time to arrive at the airport. Give yourself plenty of extra time.
- Keep a close eye on all your belongings. Just as airports are extremely crowded during the peak period with travelers, they can also be fraught with thieves working the airports. Be aware of our surroundings and maintain a close watch over tickets, wallets, purses, and other belongings at all times.
- Avoid getting bumped.
- Get an advance seat assignment. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released.
- Check-in online. Most airlines allow you to do so within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available when checking in online.
- Don’t be late. If all else fails, get to the airport early.
- Remember 3-1-1. Regulations limit the amount of gels and liquids passengers can take through security in their carry-on luggage to travel-size toiletries of three (3) ounces or less that fit comfortably in one (1) quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag and the one (1) bag per passenger must be placed in the screening bin.
- Know your limits. Pack light and know baggage limits. You cannot carry sports equipment that could be used as a weapon, such as golf clubs and baseball bats. All electronic items are subject to additional screening. Be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel case to be X-rated separately.