Holiday Travel Tips

Hello everyone,

To say I’m exhausted would be a massive understatement! I just spent the last 6 hours with 150 excited kids on the North Pole Express. More info on that tomorrow!

Going with the theme of holiday travel, Westjet has posted some awesome holiday travel tips on their website. I thought I would post them here for you all to read just in case you are planning some festive jet-setting in the next couple of weeks!

Ho ho ho- see you tomorrow!

 WestJet’s top 10 holiday travel tips

 
     1.  Check your flight - Airports are busy this time of year so double
         check that your flight is leaving on time by using WestJet Flight
         Status on westjet.com.
 
     2.  Choose the check-in option that is right for you - Remember, WestJet
         guests now have four options for check in; Web check in, Mobile check
         in, kiosk check in and traditional counter check in. Remember to jot
         down your WestJet Confirmation Number when booking and then take
         advantage of the many options WestJet offers to make flying over the
         holidays a little less stressful.
 
     3.  Get to the airport early - Reserve a taxi or make time for busy and
         full airport parking. WestJet recommends arriving at the airport at
         least two hours before your flight during the holidays.
 
     4.  Pack properly - All wrapped presents should go in checked baggage
         with a fragile tag. Unfortunately any wrapped gifts in carry-on
         baggage will be unwrapped at security.
 
     5.  Be aware of checked baggage restrictions and tag your bags - Make
         sure your bags are clearly tagged and that there are no loose straps
         etc. WestJet allows two pieces of check-baggage per guest at 50
         pounds per piece. Sporting equipment such as skis and snowboards are
         considered to be part of the checked baggage allowance of two pieces.
 
     6.  Be aware of carry-on baggage restrictions - WestJet accepts two
         pieces of carry-on baggage per guest at 22 pounds each. Remember
         Transport Canada’s restriction for liquids, gels and aerosols in
         carry-on baggage. Liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted provided
         that the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml /
         100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and that the containers fit comfortably
         in one clear, closed and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no
         more than 1 litre (1 quart). The approximate dimensions of a one
         litre/quart bag are 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by
         17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.). One bag per guest will be permitted.
 
     7.  Plan for your pets - Only, leak-proof soft-sided kennels designed to
         fit under the seat are accepted in the cabin. With the amount of
         excess baggage that guests typically take over the holiday period,
         the cargo holds are full and do not provide a safe and comfortable
         environment for pets. WestJet’s holiday pet embargo for animals in
         checked baggage runs from December 15, 2008, to January 6, 2009,
         inclusive; however, cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds may be able to
         travel in the cabin of the aircraft.
 
     8.  Bring games and toys for kids - Make sure to pack some small games or
         toys for the little ones traveling this holiday. A long trip will
         pass much quicker with some entertainment. Remember that WestJet
         offers live seatback television so pack your single-pronged
         headphones.
 
     9.  Make sure to stay hydrated - The aircraft cabin can be very dry, make
         sure to drink lots of water during your flight. WestJet offers
         complimentary refreshments plus a buy-on-board service with a variety
         of snacks and beverages to purchase.
 
     10. Share a holiday joke with the inflight crew - WestJetters are always
         looking for new material! If you have an appropriate holiday joke
         that makes you laugh every time, feel free to share it on board and
         help us spread festive cheer!

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