How to save time at the airport: tips to avoid the queues

Take your boarding passes with you

 

Having your boarding passes ready, whether in paper or digital format, is one of the easiest ways to save time at the airport. If you have to check in your suitcase, you’ll save the minutes that the employee takes to look for and print your physical tickets. And if you’re traveling light on luggage, you won’t even have to queue up. Which brings us to the next trick.

 

Don’t check in a suitcase

 

The vast majority of airlines allow you to travel with a carry-on bag in the cabin for free. If you are able to reduce the amount of belongings you carry on your trip, not only will you save money (check in a suitcase is not especially cheap) but you’ll also be able to go directly to the security checkpoint, skipping the queue where people check in the suitcases and collect their tickets.

 

Buy your flights early or late in the day

 

Although you have to get up early or arrive later than expected to your destination, flying during off-peak hours can save you a lot of unnecessary waiting time at the airport. If you travel at 7 a.m. or 11 p.m., the airport will be much emptier than if you travel at noon. Therefore, all queues, if any, will be much smaller.

 

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