Orlando Melbourne International Airport Offers Five Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Stress-Free
By Robert Himler, Orlando Melbourne International Airport // December 4, 2019
As autumn arrives, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday plans
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – As the Christmas season arrives, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday plans. That fast-approaching time of year is stressful enough as it is and getting a jump on your travel arrangements can significantly reduce the amount of anxiety you’re due to face.
With that in mind, Orlando Melbourne International Airport, which will offer daily nonstop service to Philadelphia (PHL) this month, put together these simple tips that will take some of the pressure off of your upcoming celebrations, so all you’ll need to worry about down the line is what food to make and which decorations to put up. Happy early holidays.
1. The early bird gets the best seat and flight
Flights are only going to get more expensive and crowded as the holidays approach, so your best bet is to snag the tickets you need now.
Because it’s guaranteed that almost every flight will be at capacity, a head start on booking means you have a better shot of getting the seats you prefer.
If you’re flying solo, you can probably find an aisle or a window, and if you’re traveling in a group, you can get seats together rather than have to split up or try to switch with someone else once you’re on the plane. In addition to price, you’ll also get more flexibility on dates and times, which can be especially helpful if you need to connect through a hub airport.
2. Fly nonstop to save time and avoid stress
Orlando Melbourne International has nonstop flights to Atlanta, Charlotte and Philadelphia, and, starting Dec. 19, American Airlines will have daily service to Philly, the City of Brotherly Love.
That gives travelers a lot more flexibility when it comes to picking departure and return dates, not to mention the option of driving to other Northeast destinations instead of connecting to another flight. These flights are available to book now, so get planning!
3. Save money on your way
You can minimize the holiday season’s strain on your wallet before you even get on the plane by flying out of Melbourne.
Parking is cheaper at MLB, with ticket counters located just 500 feet away from the lot, cutting out the hassle of loading all your luggage onto a shuttle van to get from your vehicle to check-in.
If you travel to the airport by Interstate 95 or U.S. Highway 1, you’ll also be avoiding toll roads, leaving you some extra money to spend on stocking stuffers and a bite to eat at the airport.
4. Welcome relaxed relatives
Even if you’re not leaving town for the holidays, you can minimize the stress of playing host by having family and friends fly into MLB.
Just like it works for departures, the cozier layout of the airport makes it much easier for arriving passengers to get from the plane to you as quickly as possible without the hassle of crowds jostling to claim their luggage or multiple concourses to travel through before you can even leave the premises.
This ease and comfort is a guaranteed way to brighten your guests’ moods, letting you start off the celebration on a high note. They’ll also appreciate all the departure perks when they say goodbye.
5. Avoid the lines
Even though the volume of passengers at Orlando Melbourne International will pick up during holiday season, its six-gate size means crowds will still be smaller and TSA lines will be shorter than other airports in the region.
That’ll give you more time to grab a bite to eat at Lucky’s Craft Food and Drink before the security checkpoint and Lucky’s Bar beyond checkpoint, both offering burgers, fish tacos, a full bar and more.
There’s also a Dunkin’ after you get through security, and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire airport in case you feel like streaming episodes of your favorite show or need to send a few work e-mails before you turn on your out-of-office notifications.
Make the most of this holiday season and fly MLB by booking at AA.com
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