Ready to travel again? Don't forget these simple tips.
If you're looking forward to traveling again this summer, you're not alone. On Memorial Day, May 31st, 2021 over 1.9 million people went through TSA. This is a huge difference from the same weekend in 2020 where only 354,000 people traveled, and in 2019 nearly 2.5 million people traveled. That may mean over 75% of people are traveling again! Whether you're planning a vacation to that long-awaited bucket list destination or a simple weekend getaway, here are a few things you'll want to do to prepare when traveling this year:
- Make sure you are using a credit card that gets you points or cash back for your hotel, airline, or rental home spend.
- Check Out VRBO.com, Homeaway.com, or AirBnb.com If you're traveling with a large group, it might save you more money by booking a rental home than a hotel. You may also find the same property on one of the other sites for a lower cost.
- If flying, sign up for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® and Clear. These options speed up the screening process at TSA by allowing you to skip taking off shoes and removing electronics, liquids and foods from your bags. Many credit cards will give a statement credit for your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® application. By combining both TSA PreCheck® and Clear, you'll save time and money at the airport.
- Get there early! With all the time spent at home over the last year, traffic and lines might be an inconvenience you've forgotten about. Whether it's the airport, an amusement park or just a day at the beach, plan to arrive early. You can avoid those the lines, crowds, a missed flight and see all the attractions or secure a prime spot on the sand if you're there early.
- Pack food or plan to go grocery shopping. By packing at least one meal like a sandwich, chips, or other snacks for the day when traveling, you will save money. If you're vacationing for multiple days, take a trip to the grocery store the first day and save money by not eating out for every meal.
As you start to travel again, stay safe, but take advantage of these tips that could save you hundreds of dollars a year!