Top 10 Travel Tips for Flyers

Thinking of flying BGM? These tips will make traveling a breeze!

10. Purchase your ticket as early as possible to get the lowest fares!

Even if you fly out of the largest airports, last minute tickets are expensive! Plan ahead for the lowest price, usually 45-90 days ahead of time is best, and choose convenience with BGM! 

Also, regarding getting the best fare can also be a matter of being flexible with travel dates or departure times. If you specifically ask for the first departure on Monday morning chances are that flight will be fuller resulting in a high fare. If you could travel Tuesday or even take a later flight on Monday it could mean a much lower ticket cost.

9. Make sure you buy your ticket under the exact name that appears on your ID!

Going through security at some airports can be a huge hassle.  To make your life easier, make sure all of your documents list the exact same name to avoid confusion.

8.  Don’t wrap gifts!

Planning on traveling during the holidays? Make sure you don’t wrap your gifts ahead of time. Chances are, the gift wrap will be removed by security. So save yourself the time and effort, and wrap them at your destination or ship them to your destination ahead of time. Also, make sure to pack any expensive gifts in your carry on for safety, as long as they meet TSA guidelines.

7. Bring your own sleep kit!

Think you might need a nap during your flight? Sleep kits are the way to go, and they are super easy to make.  Just get a U-shaped travel pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, a small blanket, and you’re all set.  You can also buys these at travel stores, and online, but they’re a lot cheaper and easier to make yourself!

6. Drink water!

This might seem obvious, but it is often overlooked. The air on a plane isn’t humidified, which is very dehydrating and can dry out your lips, nose and even your skin.  To avoid this discomfort, simply drink water before, during and after your flight. This is especially important if you are someone who relies on caffeine or alcohol to get through a flight. Staying hydrated is key to comfortable travel!

5. Splurge for Wi-Fi!

Most airlines now offer a Wi-Fi option for their flights.  If you’re someone who likes to stay connected, this is a great option for you. Especially if you have a long flight, being able to watch Netflix on your laptop can make all of the difference!

4. Plan your naps!

The best way to avoid jet lag is to sync your napping with the new time zone you are flying to. This way you’ll already be on that locations schedule when you get there!

3. Choose unique luggage!

Finding your luggage after a flight can be tricky. Putting special ribbons on your luggage is a great idea, but it can get torn off during transport or even security checks. When you choose a suitcase with a unique design or color, it is so much easier to find!

Also, when you fly with BGM, you avoid large flights, with tons of baggage to go through, making finding yours that much easier!

2. Use a TSA lock for your luggage!

If you feel that you need your checked luggage to be locked, make sure to use a TSA approved lock. This way your luggage will be safe, and the TSA will be able to easily search your bag if needed. Any lock that is not TSA approved (this includes zip ties) may be cut off from your luggage, or you will be asked to remove it prior to checking your bag.

  1. Relax!

Nothing can make traveling harder than stress! When times get tough, take a deep breath and let the little things go! Just make sure you show up prepared, and you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Remember, The Greater Binghamton Airport has all of the advantages of a large airport, in a small stress free environment. The convenient location, no traffic, and short lines, are just a few of the perks you get when you fly BGM!

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