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Understanding Carry-On Rules and Restrictions

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:01 by Mandy
Getting through airport security can certainly be a hassle, especially in the recent years. With all of the new restrictions on what you can pack in your luggage, what you have to do to get through security lines, and what ID will be expected, you may find yourself not wanting to travel at all. 
However, if you get an idea of what to expect in advance, you can get through airport security much more easily. The most important thing is to understand carry-on restrictions. We almost all need to keep a carry-on bag with us simply as a way to have certain items close at hand. However, if you start reading the carry-on rules, you may be completely confused and a little overwhelmed. However, you do not have to be. Here are the basics of carry-on rules and restrictions so that you can more easily travel when you need to fly. 
All Airlines are Different
While the carry-on rules set forth by the TSA will be the same no matter the airline, the actual carry-on size restrictions can vary from one airline to the other. When you are planning a trip, you need to check with your airline and find out what dimensions they allow for a carry-on bag. Generally, the dimensions are similar, but do not assume that they will be exactly the same from one airline to another. 
Additionally, the number of carry-ons allowed can vary slightly from one airline to another. However, as a general rule, this is what you can expect. You will be allowed one carry-on for free that will need to be stored in the overhead bins on the flight. You will also be allowed one item referred to as a personal item. That personal item will need to be small enough so that it can fit underneath the seat that is directly in front of you. Generally, that personal item can include a laptop bag, a purse, a small duffle or a camera bag. 
Carry-On Liquids
Some people like to keep toiletries in their carry-on bag. If you would like to do this, you need to keep in mind that the restrictions are extremely strict. You cannot carry any bottle larger than one ounce, and they must be stored in a clear container. You can find carry-on liquid containers on the travel aisle of your local department store. You can also choose the small travel bottles and then store them in a quart sized Ziploc bag. Make sure you keep all liquids within this rule or you could run into trouble when you go through airport security. 
Watch Out for Dangerous Items
Security is very specific about dangerous items. There are full listings of what is considered dangerous on your airline’s website. However, some dangerous items include cigarette lighters, alcohol, and knives. Make sure you do not pack items of this type in a carry-on bag. 
If you want to make sure your travel goes as smoothly as possible, keeping your carry-on within restrictions will make the whole process so much easier. 

Avoiding Parking Madness when Traveling

Friday, 29 July 2011 02:32 by Mandy
Ask anyone who does a great deal of air traveling, and many of them will say the same thing. They do not mind the security as much as some might. They do not mind the hassle of boarding the plane and catching the connections. They will tell you instead that the biggest headache comes from dealing with parking madness. Parking at an airport can seem like you are trying to navigate a very difficult maze, and if you are not careful, navigating that maze can leave you very pressed for time. 
If you are planning on traveling anytime soon, you can learn some easy tips that will help you avoid parking madness so that you can have a headache free flight and not worry about transportation to and from the airport. 
Understand Airport Parking
The first step in the process will be to understand how airport parking works. The parking lots closest to the terminal will be the priciest lots simply because they require the least distance to walk. These lots are generally available in two types: long term and daily. If you will be leaving your vehicle for several days, then the long-term garage or lot can save you money. If you choose one of these garages, you may want to check and see if your airport offers pay in advance or reserve parking. These options will allow you to guarantee a spot for when you arrive. 
Farther away from the terminal, parking will be less pricey, but you may have to catch a shuttle or walk a very long distance. Often, these lots are available by the week for extended time travelers as well. 
Consider Off-Site Parking
Many larger airports will be surrounded by off-site parking offered by third party companies. These parking lots are often much lower in price and not as busy. The sites will often provide shuttles to and from the airport terminal since they may be a mile or more away. If you do not mind making use of a shuttle, off-site parking can often save both time and headaches. 
Avoid Parking Altogether
If you just do not want to deal with finding a parking space at all, but you need your vehicle on-site for when you return, consider valet parking. This way, all you will have to do is leave your car in the hands of a valet right at the entrance to the terminal. This will remove any travel time for you from the garage to the terminal, and you will still be able to rest assured knowing that your vehicle is parked safely in the airport garages. Valet parking is available at most airports, but you will need to confirm that with your airport in advance of your arrival. 
For any traveler, parking at the airport can be frustrating if you do not have a plan ready. If you take any of these tips, you can avoid the parking madness and make sure you vehicle is safely waiting for you when you arrive back from your trip. 

How to Streamline the Travel Experience

Thursday, 21 July 2011 02:46 by Mandy
Whether you’re flying for business or for pleasure, the airport can be a stressful place.  The latest security restrictions keep us safe but at the same time are making travel more inconvenient.  Here are some ways to help streamline your next travel experience.
Pack Lightly
Keep your suitcase neatly packed with some room to spare.  Jamming in your items will only make things worse if your bag needs to be opened.  Don’t bring anything questionable.  Always check your airline’s online regulation list so that you are prepared.  Hold a small carry-on bag with you in case you may need it. Make sure that you bring liquids in the properly sized containers or you’ll end up throwing them away.  
Know Where to Park
Parking can be a hassle at the airport.  Not only is it crowded, but it’s also quite expensive.  To keep parking easy, use an offsite parking lot.  These lots offer lots of features that make traveling easier.  For example, you can reserve a parking spot for the exact day and time you need it.  You can also prepay your parking.  You’ll also be able to use valet parking, making the experience easier than ever. 
Get Through Security
Heightened security measures can make travel more difficult.  Getting through security is easier if you’re properly prepared.  Look up the latest security regulations so that you can follow them. Don’t try to bring anything that is not allowed.  If you’re bringing gifts, be sure that they are unwrapped.  Otherwise, you’ll have to wait while security unwraps each one.  Wear loose clothing and empty your pockets so you won’t set off the alarm.  Pare down your purse or carry-on so that it is organized and easy to look at.  Wear sandals so that you can more easily take off your shoes to go through security.  
Wait Patiently
Unfortunately, there is a lot of time spent waiting at the airport.  With increased security measures comes the mandate to arrive even earlier than ever for your scheduled flight.  There is no sense in getting stressed out over the process.  Instead, know that you’ll certainly be waiting at the gate and possibly on the plane as well.  Bring along plenty of things to do.  Grab yourself a book to read or a newspaper and magazine.  Airports have WiFi so you’ll be able to use your laptop or Blackberry while you’re waiting.  Bring along a sweater or jacket that you can use to hold your seat in the gate waiting area.  Arrive at the gate early and choose a seat that has a good view and plenty of space around it.  
Be Organized
Keep all your travel papers neatly in one place.  You’ll likely need to refer to them often and it’s much easier to find them if you have them organized.  If you made your own travel arrangements type out your own itinerary so you’ll have all the information you need on one easy-to-read sheet.  Bring your passport and driver’s license with you for identification. 

Extra Car Airport Parking at SeaTac Joins APC

Thursday, 21 July 2011 01:10 by Mandy

Airport Parking Connection has expanded again in the Seattle-Tacoma area!  Extra Car Airport Parking has become the newest addition to the APC family of facility partners.  Want to know more?  Here is what they have to say..."Extra Car Airport Parking is family owned and operated and offers free and continuous shuttle service to and from the parking garage level 3, 365 Days a year, 24 Hours per day. Because we are located only 4 blocks north of the Seattle Tacoma Airport, it is a very quick and convenient ride."  Next time you fly book your Seattle airport parking ahead of time and save time, hassle, and money!

Park Shuttle & Fly Out of Bradley International Airport

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 02:13 by Mandy

Save big this summer and find great airport parking deals out of Bradley International Airport's Park Shuttle & Fly!  Located just 1.5 miles from the airport, Park Shuttle & Fly offers a great rate for both Self Park and Valet Services.  Why choose Park Shuttle & Fly?  "When searching for Bradley International Airport parking, Park Shuttle & Fly at Dollar Rent-A-Car offers a convenient economical alternative to Bradley Airport parking. With both Park and Loc or Valet Parking available, customers have the luxury of parking in the manner that best suits them. With our low prices and discount reservations we offer a tremendous savings over Bradley parking.  

With our lighted, fenced lot we give the comfort of knowing you are parked in a safe area. We have prompt, free transportation to and from your airline – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our convenient courtesy phones are located in all baggage areas. During the winter season, valet parked vehicles are cleared of snow and ice. While Bradley Airport parking customers are tracking through the snow and ice, cleaning off their own vehicles and parking and outdoor booth, your car with Park, Shuttle & Fly will be cleared, while paying in a heated building.

Park Shuttle & Fly is located at 593 Elm Street in Winds Locks, CT. This is located just behind McDonalds restaurant on Rte.75. When Bradley traffic is at its worst, traffic congestion is easily avoided by using Park Shuttle & Fly. Airport parking for Bradley International at Park Shuttle & Fly is a simple alternative over other Bradley Airport parking areas.
For the customer’s convenience. a car wash is available for a nominal fee."