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ASTA`s tips to know before traveling over the holidays

With the busiest holiday travel season since 2000 approaching and the recent news reports …

With the busiest holiday travel season since 2000 approaching and the recent news reports of the possibility of a strike at Delta Airlines, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is providing travelers with advice and tips to reduce the chaos of traveling over the holidays. These tips are available though an ASTA travel agent at ASTA’s consumer Web site.



“Although the holiday season is always the year’s busiest time, it should be enjoyable rather than frustrating,” said ASTA President and CEO Kathryn W. Sudeikis, CTC. “Two ways to make your holiday season brighter is to pack patience and have a travel agent take care of all your travel details. We are encouraging agents to give their clients TSA’s (Transportation Security Administration) holiday checklist, which is a great resource for travelers to use when planning a trip.”



As part of ASTA’s ongoing mission to provide consumers with helpful travel tips, the Society recommends the following things to know before you travel for the holidays and in case a strike is called:



  • Be prepared for setbacks. Delays happen, so bring water and snacks for children and adults, a good book, music and a deck of cards. And don’t forget your cell phone and your travel agent’s number in case you need to make an unexpected change in plans.




  • Pack light and know baggage limits. Some airlines place special restrictions during the holidays and allow only one carry-on. Ship your gifts to your destination ahead of time. If you do not send your gifts ahead, do not wrap them before the flight. With safety a priority for all airlines, security personnel will need access to all items. Pack collapsible gift bags to be used as wrapping upon arrival.




  • If bumped from a flight, know your rights. If you are bumped, the Department of Transportation requires airlines to provide you with a written statement describing your rights, alternate travel plans and compensation.


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