10 tricks to take the stress out of touring (with children) this vacation season – Alaska Airways Information

For many people, this would be the first vacation the place we journey to collect and reunite with family and friends, and for a few of us that will embrace touring with kids (as a mother of three, I’ve acquired you coated!).  

It goes with out saying, the vacations may be the busiest time of 12 months for many of us, particularly in relation to journey. So if you are reserving these flights and checking your listing twice, listed below are 10 ideas to make navigating your journey a bit simpler.

1. Pack for nonstop enjoyable. 

When touring with little ones, whether or not it’s on a protracted or quick haul flight or a world journey, I’ve discovered the secret is to maintain them busy. Pack an array of various actions that can maintain their consideration & shock them about each half-hour with a brand new supply of leisure. Load up on price range pleasant crafts, seize baggage, small snacks, coloring books and crayons—something apart from one thing that may simply be dropped and misplaced beneath your seat.

2. Obtain the Alaska Airways app.  

Alaska’s app is the right journey go-to from the day you begin purchasing for flights all the way in which to the second you arrive at your vacation spot. I exploit it to plan our journeys, check-in for flights, get cell boarding passes and a lot extra. You can too use it to verify your flight standing, view/change your seats and observe your Mileage Plan stability for future journey with your loved ones! It’s a travel-must for me.

3. Give your self some grace.

Should you haven’t traveled earlier than or shortly, I extremely counsel giving your self sufficient time to get to the airport (at least two hours earlier than home journey and three hours earlier than flying internationally) and in the event you’re touring with little ones, I’d add an hour to that simply to be on the secure aspect! This manner you must have loads of time to park, converse to an agent if wanted, verify your baggage and preserve observe of the children and make your method by safety.

Airport guides are additionally useful and present really helpful arrival occasions, ticket counter hours, airport companies and extra. Bear in mind: Alaska begins boarding flights about 40 minutes earlier than takeoff. 

4. A trusted traveler program or spot saver is definitely worth the join!

Should you desire to hurry by traces like me I’d counsel contemplating signing up for a trusted journey program like TSA Pre®International EntryNexus, or SENTRI or different airport verification applications to hurry up your wait occasions and to skip the traces. Whereas some take a while to acquire, CLEAR is same-day join in addition to spot saver applications like SEA Spot Saver, a reservation program in Seattle that helps you get by the safety course of faster. Comparable spot saver applications are additionally in Calgary, Charleston, Newark, Orlando and Phoenix.

5. Alaska can textual content you on the fly.

Whereas the app notifies you of journey updates, Alaska’s texting characteristic can also be a terrific useful resource to let of any sudden modifications throughout your journey journey. Alaska will ship you a notification in case your flight is canceled or delayed by greater than quarter-hour. It additionally sends vital notifications about gate modifications, whether or not your flight is on time and if Wi-Fi is offered in your airplane. Throughout my most up-to-date worldwide journey to Mexico with my household, I used to be notified the night time earlier than that Wi-Fi wouldn’t be obtainable on my 5+ hour flight, which gave me a pleasant heads as much as plan forward and prep for the flight with that in thoughts. You may join textual content notifications right here.

6. Pre-order your meals earlier than your flight.

Recent meals and beverage choices can be found on most Alaska Airways flights, and that’s such an vital choice to have when touring with children. You may snack on favorites just like the one my children love, the Signature Fruit & Cheese Platter (they look ahead to it each time they fly) or you’ll be able to strive new menu choices by way of pre-order on most flights over two hours.

For friends in First Class, scorching meals are again on coast-to-coast and Hawaii flights, plus Boxed Water is obtainable to quench your thirst (& it’s eco-friendly). 

Don’t overlook to pre-order meals for your self and your littles (if relevant) 20 hours earlier than your flight! Be taught extra: alaskaair.com/preorder.

7. Pack the necessities.

The vacations may be one of many busiest occasions of the 12 months to journey, and typically baggage don’t at all times find yourself the place they need to be (it occurs). My recommendation: pack the necessities in a stick with it bag so you’ll have what you want once you land.  

Our household loves Alaska due to its particular 20-minute bag assure—in case your baggage will not be at baggage declare inside 20 minutes of your airplane’s arrival on the gate, they’ll give you a $25 low cost code to be used on a future Alaska flight, or 2,500 Alaska Airways Mileage Plan™ bonus miles. Be taught extra about Alaska’s baggage insurance policies.

8. Purchase the lounge membership, it’s value it.

Alaska Lounges are the holiday earlier than the holiday. Situated in a number of main cities together with Seattle, their lounges are a candy escape from the airport hustle and bustle. I like taking my littles into the lounge as a result of it’s a lot simpler to maintain them shut and even when they stray away, I can regulate them. They love watching Alaska’s concierge pour fancy drinks and serve contemporary meals to friends (particularly the pancake printer, that may be a must-do). General,  it’s an effective way to energy up and calm down earlier than a flight. You may study extra about Alaska’s lounge membership and its facilities right here.

9. Breeze by safety.

If touring with children, kids 12 and below can go away on their footwear, gentle jackets and headwear throughout screening. For littles utilizing strollers and automotive seats, you’ll have to select them up and carry them by the walk-through metallic detector. The remainder of us, right here’s some to-do’s:

  • Have your boarding cross(es) and ID(s) prepared at hand to screening brokers.
  • Take away any outerwear, belts with metallic buckles, bigger metallic jewellery and equipment, and the contents of your pockets. Safe this stuff in your carry-on bag earlier than placing them by the X-ray tunnel or discover a small bin to put them into.
  • On the whole screening lanes, take away digital units bigger than a cellphone—together with laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld sport consoles—and place in a bin for screening. Cell telephones can keep secured in your carry-on bag.
  • On the whole screening lanes, place the one quart-sized bag of liquids, gels and aerosols in a bin by itself for x-ray screening. Doing it will enable the TSA officer to get a transparent view of the objects to make sure they don’t pose a safety threat.
  • Put on footwear which can be simply detachable or untie/loosen shoelaces in the event you can.
  • As soon as your baggage and bin have gone by the X-ray, you’ll want to retrieve your entire private property. Take your objects to a close-by bench or chair. You’ll have extra time to collect/repack your objects, whereas these behind you to do the identical.

10. Sit again, calm down & be merry.

Whenever you fly Alaska, staying related is simple! On most flights, you’ll be able to stream quick satellite tv for pc Wi-Fi for less than $8. Throughout your flight, merely hook up with AlaskaWiFi.com to stream over 800+ films and TV reveals – all free of charge! You can too chat free of charge and decide up your dialog the place you left off, all whereas flying above the clouds! 

And, throughout your flight, in case you have kiddos, don’t miss exploring Vooks, a brand new inflight expertise to maintain your littles’ minds and arms occupied whereas they fly. You can too print free companion printable exercise books that pair nicely with the titles you’ll discover on board. Merely print earlier than you go, pack headphones and your little one’s favourite coloring provides, and so they’ll quickly be on their merry method with programming created only for them.

From my household to you & yours, we hope you’ve an exquisite vacation and journey with Alaska!

– Tash @itstashhaynes

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