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Business travel during the holidays

9/24/2013

You may have a serious bone to pick with your boss if you have to fight for a corporate car rental around the holidays. This is a stressful time to fly, regardless of whether you are doing it for business or pleasure, so learn how you can make the best of it.

Book ahead
Although you may find out last minute when it comes to traveling for work, you will want to book as your flight, airport car rental and hotel as soon as possible. During the holidays, prices increase, flights sell out and hotels turn their "no vacancy" lights on in record time. So, if you are planning to hit the road for work between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, act fast.

Travel light
Avoid lost luggage and additional craziness by fitting everything you need into a carry-on bag. This way, you can skip baggage claim and head straight to the discount car rental counters. Once onboard, check overhead space immediately, and fill the first empty spot you see; you don't have to worry about your bag getting checked at the gate due to limited space.

Since most of the people you'll run into at the airport over the holiday season aren't experienced travelers, remember to have patience. Arrive early in preparation for long security lines and leave enough time between flights when scheduling layovers in case there are weather delays.

 

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