Top 5 Travel Tips for the Holiday Season

It’s the most wander-ful time of the year! Plan for a smoother journey with travel tips that will make all the difference. Here are five key things to keep in mind when flying this holiday season:

  1. Give Yourself The Gift Of Time
    During this busy travel period plan to arrive inside the airport’s terminal at least 90 minutes before your flight. This will ensure you have enough time for check-in with your airline, going through TSA screening and getting to your gate.
  2. Be In The Know While On The Go
    Passengers are encouraged to stay in contact with their airline. One of the ways to do so is by downloading their airline’s app. Not only can you check in and get your boarding pass through the app, but you will also get real-time alerts about any flight changes. Some airlines also offer free onboard entertainment through their apps.
  3. Park Like A Pro
    Be sure to check your parking options before you head to the airport. BDL’s new parking system is called BDL sPARK and offers several convenient options a short distance from the main terminal with complimentary shuttle service available. No reservation is needed and prices start at $7/day. Visit BDL’s parking website for additional details.
  4. Check Your Packing List, Twice
    ‘Tis the season to wrap gifts for family and friends. While wrapped gifts can be placed in your carry on or checked bag, the gift may need to be inspected by the TSA. The TSA advises travelers to place items in gift bags instead or wrapping them once they get to their destination. For additional information on TSA screening, including guidelines for liquids, please visit the TSA website.
  5. Order Your Airport Meal Online
    Take your planning to the next level and skip the wait at the airport. Mobile food ordering at BDL is simple and does not require the download of an app. To browse menus, order, and pay, simply log on to or scan one of the many QR codes on display throughout the airport. Once an order is placed, you’ll receive updates on your mobile device, letting you know when your order is ready for pick-up.

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Bradley International Airport (BDL) invites you to love the journey at New England's second-largest airport. Recognized nationally by leading travel publications for its ease of travel, Bradley International Airport is ready to welcome you with new nonstops, expanded services, and convenient travel. The award-winning airport is operated by the Connecticut Airport Authority, and its operations are entirely self-funded. The airport contributes nearly $3.6 billion to the regional economy.

*Some nonstop flights may operate only during certain time periods of the year (seasonally). For the latest flight information, please visit the airline's website.