Last year we were all stuck in our homes for the holidays, and this year it has been reported 2.4 million people will be taking off into the air this holiday season. Luckily, we have the perfect guide to get you through your holiday travels. 

Book a nonstop flight. Fewer stops means less time spent navigating crowded airport terminals and waiting in line to board a plane.

Arrive at the airport early. A third of all Thanksgiving travelers will be taking to the skies on Tuesday and Wednesday, so expect lines at airports. It’s recommended to get to the airport at least two and a half hours early this holiday season. 

Remember CDC Guidelines. Many airlines changed their policy on keeping middle seats open, even if it said something else when you booked the flight. Most airlines have very flexible change fees if you feel comfortable but be sure to make those changes in advance. As for contracting the virus during travels, the CDC says you’re more likely to catch the virus standing in the line for security or waiting for your baggage than once you get on the plane.

Travel light. Packing light is more critical than ever due to both security issues and exorbitant baggage fees. If you can avoid checking baggage, it will save you time at the airport. You’ll also avoid any possible bag checking complications. It’s very common for flights to lose or re-route baggage to the wrong flight. Be sure to pack the basics in your carry-on such as a change of clothes, sample-sized toiletries, and your medications in your carry-on bag, will make life easier. 

Tell your bank that you will be traveling. One thing’s for sure, and two things for certain, now that more people are back traveling, everything will be more expensive. The last thing you want to do is wait in a long line just to get to the register, and your card gets declined because you didn’t tell your bank about your travel plans. Informing your bank or credit card company about when and where you are traveling can prevent them from freezing your card for unusual activity. If they spot transactions in an unfamiliar location, your bank may assume your card is being used fraudulently and shut it off. Many banks allow you to put a travel notice in online, but if not, you can always call your bank during business hours to inform them of your upcoming travel plans.