Ask the Advisors: Tips for Holiday Travel

Holiday ice-skating at San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado.
Holiday ice-skating at San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado.
Photo by Hotel del Coronado
Missed connections, long lines, longer faces: Traveling during the holidays can get anyone hot under the collar. With the season fast approaching, Virtuoso travel advisors share ways to keep your cool.

Get Cruising, But Book Early 

“The busiest time to cruise is understandably during the holidays, so have your advisor make your reservations as early as possible to ensure the best available staterooms and promotions. The most popular destination is the Caribbean; if you have the time and budget, consider a more unusual region such as Asia, South America, or Australia and New Zealand.”
– Steven Glenn Gulko, travel advisor, North Miami Beach, Florida

Timing Is Everything

“Do yourself a favor and arrive to the airport early! Security lines are very unpredictable. I highly recommend signing up for Global Entry, which includes TSA PreCheck – children ages 12 and under are covered for domestic flights with a parent’s PreCheck, but all older kids and adults in your party need to do this for it to be an asset. Also, learn to travel with less (read: just a carry-on); it saves the time and stress of waiting in the baggage area.”
– Lois Housel, travel advisor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stay Connected

“If flying nonstop isn’t an option, choose an early-morning flight that gives you enough time to make your connection – three hours minimum. If possible, avoid connecting through airports in New York City and Newark, which have some of the highest percentage of delays and cancellations during the holiday months. Some of the best airports to connect through are Charlotte, Phoenix, Seattle-Tacoma, and Honolulu.”
– Patrice Thomas, travel advisor, Dania Beach, Florida 

Hand over the Heavy Lifting 

“Let your hotel handle the holiday festivities so you don’t have to. At Four Seasons Hotel New York, you can attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade before a traditional dinner in The Garden restaurant; football fans can cheer on their teams at Ty Bar. In San Diego, Hotel del Coronado hosts holiday-themed dinners, sets up a two-story Christmas tree in its lobby, and installs an outdoor ice rink for the season.”
– Nathan Cripps, travel advisor, Bellevue, Washington

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