MSP: Plan ahead for a smooth holiday trip

With the holiday season quickly approaching, travelers’ best bets for good cheer entail some preparation and attention to detail. (Photo courtesy of MSP/MAC)With the holiday season quickly approaching, travelers’ best bets for good cheer entail some preparation and attention to detail.

If you’re traveling this season for the first time in months or years, it’s worthwhile to make sure you have the latest travel apps on your mobile phone for the airline you’re flying, the rental car company you’re using or the hotel where you’re staying.

Those apps can save you time and be more efficient than making a call.

Packing light can always streamline your trip through the airport, and you can keep the season jolly by remembering not to wrap presents, which you may be required to unwrap as you go through airport security.

Gift cards are an option that can reduce bulk and allow you not to worry about security-related delays.

If you’re parking at Minneapolis-St. Paul International, you’re encouraged to consider the Quick Ride Ramp located near Terminal 1. Stay by your car after you park and a shuttle will pick you up right there and bring you to the terminal.

More information is available at this website.

Another strategy to use at MSP: When picking up arriving travelers at Terminal 1-Lindbergh, have them meet you outside the doors on the ticketing level. There’s often less congestion on that level.

Also, the Transportation Security Administration reminds you that the 3-1-1 rule is still in effect for liquids, gels, creams and pastes. The rule is each single item can be no more than 3.4 ounces, and you can bring only one quart-sized bag of those items.

And as always, travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are still advised to arrive at least two hours before their flight’s scheduled departure. If you get to the gate early, you will have time to relax and perhaps eat, drink and be merry.

 

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