Summer travel plans are up 17 percent over last year, according to an American Express tracker. More than two thirds of people reported intent to travel in the next three months. More travel may mean more congestion for flights; so many airline businesses are offering tips for summer leisure tourists.
Will Rogers World Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney, FareCompare.com spokeswoman Alexandria Williams and the Tulsa International Airport all offered summer travel tips.
Allow enough time to get through the ticket counter and security checkpoint. Go through the security checkpoint immediately after checking in.
Thunderstorms or hurricanes can impact travel. Carry airline or travel agent information for faster rebooking in case of a cancellation.
Some confusion has followed TSA's recent decisions regarding knives. Pocket knives are not allowed on board.
Have government-issued photo ID or passport and boarding pass ready at security checkpoint to expedite the process. Place keys, loose change, cellphone and similar items in carry-on before the checkpoint.
Some airlines cut off checked baggage up to 30 minutes before departure; many people get caught by surprise and can't get their bag checked.
Don't forget the ‘3-1-1' rule. Contain liquids in 3.4 ounce bottles or smaller, fit them all into one quart-sized bag, each traveler is allowed one of these bags.
Valuables — cameras, jewelry, documents, medication — should be placed in carry-on luggage for safety.
Label suitcases on the interior and exterior with a name and cellphone number.
Have destination's address easily accessible in case luggage is delayed.
Flying early or late in the summer travel season makes finding cheaper fairs easier.
Flying on less popular days — like Wednesday or Saturday — can also be less expensive, or during less popular times like midmorning, lunchtime or dinner time.
Flying connecting routes can also reap big savings.
Airlines no longer accept cash, so don't forget a credit card for purchasing other food items on board.
If traveling with kids, bring plenty of diversions for them — like games or snacks — in case of a long layover.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Planes can also be cold, so it's wise to dress in layers.