Delays, fees, irritating passengers - flying can be a complete nightmare. Luckily for you, we've compiled insider information to save you cash and a headache while traveling this holiday season.
1. Increase your chances of actually making it to the holiday dinner by booking the first flight of the day. The earlier your planned departure, the better your chances of getting on a later flight should the first one be delayed, overbooked, or canceled. Delta, for example, has 10 daily nonstop flights from Atlanta to West Palm Beach. Book the first, at 8:25 A.M., and you have nine more opportunities to reach your destination that day.
2. Take a direct flight, whenever possible. Nowadays, one in five planes does not arrive on time. While always frustrating, delays become real problems for travelers using connecting flights. Our advice: Fly nonstop to the major airport nearest your destination, then drive the rest of the way.