9 Travel Tips For The Holidays

It’s no Secret Santa, travelling during the holidays can be stressful. So we’ve rounded up a few helpful tips to ensure you don’t get your tinsel in a tangle and that you make it to your destination without losing that holiday cheer.

Here are nine holiday travel tips that will help you fly in style and get you comfortably on your way.


1. Checking-in once, checking-in twice

Porter’s mobile check-in, web check-in and airport kiosks make your check-in extra easy and extra nice. If you are travelling with checked luggage, be sure to get them tagged at the airport counter. Web check-in opens 24 hours prior to your flight, so we recommend checking in online and selecting your seat in advance. It’s easy! Just click, print your boarding pass, and away you go!

Learn more about our check-in times and procedures.


2. Holiday snacking

Don’t wait for Aunt Edna’s fruitcake. Get a head start on holiday snacking with complimentary cookies and other treats in the Toronto and Ottawa lounges. Once on board, keep the holiday spirit going with a glass of wine or beer, if you wish. Plus, enjoy premium snack options – all free, of course.


3. Emotional baggage

If your family is a source of holiday stress, don’t let packing problems add to your woes. Avoid reorganizing at the airport. Plan your packing ahead of time by knowing security requirements, and weight and size limits. If you need to lighten your load prior to boarding, use our convenient GatePorter for car seats, small strollers or other carry-on items.

Learn more about carry-on and checked baggage.

Emotional Baggage

4. 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.


5. Don’t forget your passport

All passengers travelling to and from the United States are required to present a valid passport that matches your 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.


6. Family jewels

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

Learn more about the special items you should bring with you.

Family Jewels

7. Holiday ‘wait’

Packing on some pounds is easy to do when enjoying extra helpings of home cooking, but you may be confronted with ‘wait’ of a different kind when flying during holidays. Longer lines at check-in and security are common. Arrive with enough time to spare and you’ll be on your way before you know it.


8. 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

9. White Christmas

Snow-covered treetops set the perfect mood for holiday gatherings, but disruptive weather can also cause flight delays. Check your flight status online before heading to the airport and bring some pleasant distractions such as a book, music or video games to help pass any extra airport time. You can also use the free WiFi and computer stations in Porter’s Toronto and Ottawa lounges.

White Christmas

We want to make your journey as enjoyable as the final destination. Come prepared and enjoy the flight!