Holiday travel can be very stressful, time consuming and expensive unless you plan accordingly. Renowned travel expert, Julie Loffredi was kind enough to join me for an interview this morning to dish on the busiest travel days, how you can avoid airport and roadway delays, how you can save money when traveling and much more.
Candace Rose: What can travelers expect this holiday season? Will there be a lot of delays?
Julie Loffredi: “Sure, especially at the airports and on the roadways too. This holiday is going to be very busy for travelers. Drivers nationwide are taking advantage of those lower gas prices. There’s no surprise that AAA is expecting a record number of cars out on the roads. Travelers that are looking to avoid the traffic jam, the best thing to do is avoid the busiest travel days typically December 19th, the 23rd, and travel off peak if you can.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any other tips for those of us who will be stuck in traffic or at the airport over the holidays?
Julie Loffredi: “Well, certainly passing the time by bringing books and games for the kids. I always bring a pair of headphones, my favorite device; try to keep ourselves busy and occupied because it probably will take us a little bit longer to get to our destination. Also, download some of the latest apps to help make travel a little bit easier, whether it’s tracking weather delays or flight delays or road conditions. That can be helpful for travelers too.”
Candace Rose: Air travel in general is stressful. Do you have any tips on dealing with the crowds and regulations?
Julie Loffredi: “The airports are going to be slammed this time of year. Arrive early because the security lines are going to be long, and also if you could book a flight earlier in the day, you might be better off. Flights tend to be delayed more and more as the day goes on.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any tips for saving money on holiday travel?
Julie Loffredi: “Hotels and flights are often a bit pricier this time of year, but there’s still some deals out there, so comparison shop. Go to coupon sites and kind of scout around for the best deals. Also, travelers may want to consider using their credit cards to cash in on those travel incentives, but the question is which one with so many options. A recent survey found that 93% of major airline reward cardholders would earn more miles with the Venture card from Capital One. You get double miles for every purchase and then you decide how and when to use those miles for any type of travel related expense, whether for flights, a hotel stay, a cruise, even an uber ride.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information on how we can make holiday travel less stressful?
Julie Loffredi: “Well, I always tell travelers to plan in advance for any possible thing that could go wrong, think of your plan B if your flight is delayed or canceled. Consider travel insurance to help protect your trip investment as well.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Julie. Where can we go for more information?
Julie Loffredi: “For more information about the card, you can go to CapitalOne.com/Venture.”