9 Travel Tips For The Holidays

It’s no secret Santa, travelling during the holidays can be stressful. So here’s a stocking full of helpful tips to ensure you make it to your destination without losing that holiday cheer.


1. White Christmas

Snow-covered treetops set the mood for festive gatherings, but weather can also cause flight delays. To make life easier, we’ll text you updates about your flight. Just provide your mobile phone number when checking in online.

White Christmas


2. Secret Santa

Your sister may like surprises; airport security does not. Leave gifts unwrapped for the trip or you may find your well-placed bows and ribbons undone by screening staff.

Secret Santa

3. Emotional baggage

If your family is a source of holiday stress, don’t let packing problems add to your woes. Plan ahead by reviewing security requirements, as well as weight and size limits. If you need to lighten your load prior to boarding, Standard, Flexible and Freedom fare holders can use our convenient GatePorter for carry-on items.

Learn more about carry-on and checked baggage.

Emotional Baggage

4. Don’t forget your passport

All passengers travelling to and from the United States require a valid passport that matches their reservation information. Citizens of countries other than Canada and the United States should contact their consulate or embassy to confirm boarding requirements. Travel within Canada requires valid government-issued photo ID that includes your name, date of birth and gender, or two pieces of non-photo ID.

Learn more about your identification requirements.


5. Holiday snacking

Don’t wait for Aunt Edna’s fruitcake. Get a head start on holiday snacking with new dining and sipping options in the lounges at Billy Bishop Airport. Once onboard, keep the holiday spirit going with a glass of wine or beer, if you wish. Plus, enjoy premium snack options onboard – all free, of course.


6. Family jewels

Avoid last-minute panic at the airport searching for your passport. Keep all important documentation, medication, keys, jewellery, reading glasses, electronic devices and other valuables in an accessible bag onboard. Never put these items in checked baggage.

Learn more about how to pack special items.

Family Jewels


7. Check in early to relax

Check in and check it off your list. When you receive an email flight reminder from us, check in online. You can choose to print your boarding pass or go paperless and save it to your phone!

Read more about recommended check-in and boarding times.


8. Save your dough for holiday treats

Crisp cash is always a welcome gift, but you’ll have to save it to spend somewhere else. Porter accepts credit or debit (Canada only) for payments at the airport.


9. Flying Refined

Who said air travel isn’t what it used to be? This is Flying Refined, after all. Slip on your fancy shoes or add a bowtie. You’ll turn heads as you glide through the airport in style. Feel like a VIP when you stretch out onboard.