On Tuesday, January 28, the country celebrates National Plan Your Vacation Day. As some of the chaos of the new year has faded away, we’re starting to look ahead to the year to come and dream of all the places we’ll go – far away countries, nearby hidden gems, tropical islands, snowy mountain villages. The possibilities are endless, and the dreams are unfettered. Of course, when we enter back into the real world, the reality of planning and executing vacations hits us full force. Luckily, we’ve got resources to make that journey just a little bit smoother.
One of those resources is our expert neighbors to the south – Daytona Beach International Airport. DAB is in the midst of a massive renovation project that’s set to be completed toward the end of this year and will offer travelers some seriously luxurious upgrades, like new seating with built-in charging stations, new tickets counters, a room for mothers and infants, an enhanced business center, gorgeous new interior design, and plenty more. Just about as far away as Jacksonville, DAB is a great option when you want to avoid the crowds and the traffic.
And they’re also pretty knowledgable when it comes to travel. Joanne Magley, Director of Marketing and Customer Experience, offered us some insider tips and some personal recommendations for when your vacation plans take to the skies.
Social: Is there a best time to book your flight so you’re getting the best deal?
Joanne: The most ideal time to book a flight is 60 days, especially when flying out of DAB. Because DAB is close to home, not overly crowded, and there are a limited number of flights, seats fill up fast! And as seats fill up, pricing goes up.
Is there a time of day or day of the week to book a flight during so I can avoid the crowds?
Flying out of Daytona Beach International Airport will always provide a less-stressful and less crowded experience than other airports. TSA wait times are between 5- 15 minutes and parking is just a short walk to the terminal.
Any tips for my check-in or luggage that will make the trip smoother?
It’s always a good idea to check the TSA website for the prohibited items. Forgetting a bottle of lotion or that heirloom pocket knife in your carry-on, will not only cause a delay for you but for the rest of the passengers. Make sure all of your luggage is clearly marked with your identification and never leave your bags unattended. Unattended bags could pose a security concern if the owners aren’t located in a reasonable amount of time, which in turn could cause an unnecessary evacuation of the terminal!
How can I make getting through TSA security less of a hassle?
At DAB, TSA wait times are short – between 5- 15 minutes. But, it’s a good idea to sign up for TSA Precheck, which allows passengers to keep on their shoes, belts and light jackets. TSA Precheck will really benefit our local travelers on their way back to the area, when they do have to go through a busier airport.
What are some ways to save money during my trip or at the airport?
One way to save money on your vacation is to have a checklist of everything you’ll need on your trip that you can’t be without, such as charging cords, ear buds, a refillable water bottle, etc. Not only can you save money by not having to buy these items when you reach your destination, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’ve packed everything you need!
What are your travel essentials? What do you always carry with you when you’re traveling?
Tissues or paper towels are a must, especially when traveling with children (wet wipes if I’m on my A-game). Of course, phone and other charging cords including the wall charger connector. I keep my essential makeup in my purse so I can freshen up at a moment’s notice. And, a new magazine or book for when it’s time to put down the devices.
What should I have with me to make the actual plane ride more enjoyable?
All of the above! But, a jacket, sweater or light blanket adds to your comfort as planes can be chilly. A carry-on bag that is not overstuffed or too heavy will make it easier to manage –lifting it into the overhead bin, etc. And, as the pilots say, take the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the flight!
Learn more about Daytona International Airport by visiting www.flydaytonafirst.com.