Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This Thanksgiving, we're
giving you something to be thankful for: expert tips and tricks for making one
of the busiest travel days of the year easier than ever.
From the getting
there to the heading home, and every minute in between, this survival guide
will help you tackle every (turkey) leg of the trip.
After all, if you're going to try lugging a green bean casserole across
the country—or maybe ditching dinner and taking advantage of a long
weekend—you might as well be equipped with all the apps and insider info
necessary to make your Turkey Day travels as seamless as possible.
We'll help you unlock lounge access to kill time on a layover, and avoid
the most congested roads so you arrive at your Thanksgiving feast faster,
easier, and without having to ruffle too many feathers in the process.
Flying There Fly direct. Holidays are notorious for late departures and
busy airports, and you could miss your connecting flight.
Book direct and
avoid the headache of finding an alternative flight, or seek the earliest
flight possible: you're less likely to have a delay the earlier you're
scheduled to leave.
Got a delay? A flight cancellation? Cool off in one of the more than 500
airport lounge listed on LoungeBuddy: an app that helps you locate
pay-as-you-go and free lounges in airports worldwide.
You can even sort by the
amenity of you dreams (complimentary cocktails or a hot shower, anyone?).
Build in a little R&R while waiting for your boarding call at airports
across the globe.
There's the JetBlue lounge at JFK in New York, where
guests can drop in for a quick Swedish massage or manicure, and Xpress Spa's
mobile app spa treatments at more than 50 locations.
Just order a treatment on
your phone, and an aesthetician will roll up to pamper you at the gate.
Hopefully, you already have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.
If you don't,
tuck this away in your things-to-know-for-Thanksgiving-2016 file.
If you do
have one of these cards, make sure you enter your Known Traveler number
(you'll find it on the upper left-hand corner of your card) into your
booking info if you're flying with a participating airline.
You'll save
plenty of time and hassle getting through security.
Strategically pack your bag, and security will seem like a breeze—even
without PreCheck.
Try TSA-approved containers, like these GoToob's
spill-proof, drip-free bottles, and keep your laptop at the top of your bag.
Driving There Earn some extra cash on your drive home by joining the
Roadie Community: an app that connects drivers with packages that need
delivery.
Also good for over-eager Christmas shoppers ready to deliver their
gifts.
Not everything about a pre-Thanksgiving drive has to be a drag.
With the
GasBuddy app, you can locate stations en route with the lowest prices.
Depending on which city you're flying into, you can skip the mile-long
taxi line and request an Uber or Lyft.
Be warned, though: some cities ban
ride-share companies from picking up travelers at the airport or tack on extra
fees.
Here's a rundown of how easy it is to get an Uber in eleven major
U.S.
cities.
Let someone else drive you.
Trains aren't subject to holiday traffic and
accidents like cars are, and Amtrak services more than 500 destinations across
the country.
Train travel can even offer some unexpected perks, like Amtrak's
Red Cap service.
Free of charge, and available in 12 major city stations,
attendants donning red uniforms will help you stash your bags for you—and
board early.
Master Amtrak, and traveling during holidays may not be half the headache you
expected.
Upon Arrival If you need a last-minute rental car (or, heck, a
not-last-minute rental car) download Silvercar.
No junky clunkers, no
hassle.
Simply download the Silvercar app and reserve your car at airports
(LAX, MIA) in many U.S.
cities (including Manhattan, NYC).
You'll unlock the
vehicle with a QR-code, pair your phone with the vehicle for hands-free calls
and music, and drive in style.
All Silvercars are Audi A4s.
Make sure your Pup has a happy Thanksgiving, too.
Find a sitter on
Rover.com—they're located in 10,000 cities around the country.
Leave your
dog at home while you travel, or have someone watch him or her while the
family is over for dinner: ideal for keeping yappy guests from the feast.
Family gatherings can be stressful.
Unwind with an on-demand massage from
Zeel.
They'll deliver a masseuse to your home, or help you book an
appointment at a nearby massage.
Uncle Bob will be much easier to stomach
after 60 minutes of Zen.
Don't cry over burnt turkey! For a surcharge, Resy will help you book a
last-minute table at hot spots or no-reservations outposts. ClassPass
members may not know about the program's biggest perk: access to classes in
all ClassPass cities.
Work up an appetite—or, rather, work off that pumpkin
pie—in 34 cities around the world, from Melbourne to Raleigh, North
Carolina. If you're traveling on Thanksgiving, you're
definitely not alone.
Millions of people will load up their cars with pies and
sweet potato casseroles, board planes, and stress out over their family.
Check
out our fail-proof survival guide, guaranteed to help you every leg of the
journey.

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