American Airlines Offers Holiday Travel Tips

Top 10′ List Provides Tips to Make Holiday Travel Easier for Customers

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Who says holiday travel has to be stressful? American Airlines wants to help customers make their upcoming trips go as smoothly as possible with its Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips.

“We know that without planning, travel during the holidays can be a bit stressful,” said Marilyn DeVoe, American’s Vice President-Customer Services Planning. “In order to help our customers during the busy travel season, we have put together a list of 10 useful tips to enhance the travel experience.”

Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips

1. Plan.
* If you plan to travel and have not yet secured your ticket, do so
as soon as possible.
* To ensure you get the best fare, log on to to find the
best deals.
– offers a Lowest Fare Guarantee for American Airlines
flights. For full details go to .
– To find more itinerary options, we recommend being flexible on
the travel days and times. The Dates Flexible tool on
allows customers to choose from a range of travel dates and
alternative airports up to 90 miles of the departure or
arrival city.
* Check in online and print boarding passes up to 24 hours prior to
departure at .
* Get gate and flight information ahead of time at . You can also sign up for Flight Status
Notification to receive flight arrival/departure times, as well
as gate and baggage information — all via e-mail, phone, pager
or PDA. Visit for more details.

2. Dress comfortably and get ready for security.
* Layered clothing and breathable fabrics, like cotton, are a good
* Consider bringing a small carry-on bag. Before going through
security, put all your metal objects in the carry-on bag to
expedite the screening process.

3. Pack light.
* Remember to pack medications and other valuables in your carry-
* Leave gifts unwrapped in case security screeners need to search

4. Bring a book or music to listen to.
* An MP3 or CD player can make the time fly while waiting at the
gate for boarding or during flight. Remember to be at your
departure gate at least 30 minutes before the flight.
* Also, electronic devices may not be used during landing and take-
offs, so a good book or a magazine can come in handy for that
time. For more information about the use of electronic devices
during flight, log on to .

5. Maximize your time.
* In addition to online check-in, save time at the airport by using
American’s Curbside Check In or Self-Service Check In. Our
friendly ticket agents are also available to help you check in.

6. Arrive at the airport early.
* Get to the airport at least 90 minutes before departure for
domestic flights and two to three hours prior to departure for
international flights.
* Consider purchasing an Admirals Club day pass to escape the
hustle and bustle of the airport. Passes can be bought online at

7. Don’t forget your photo ID.
* For domestic flights, you’ll need a government-issued photo ID.
* International flights require a passport, visa and/or any other
required documentation. For more information, log on to the
travel section on .

8. Bring some cash.
* It’s always a good idea to have cash on hand when traveling, and
now many American Airlines flights offer snack boxes for purchase
during flight.

9. Plan for contingencies
* American Airlines passengers can confirm a seat on an alternate
flight, if space is available and within three hours of the
scheduled departure time, at self service machines.

10. Stay hydrated
* Experts recommend drinking plenty of water before and during your

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(R) serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,900 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American’s award-winning Web site,, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(SM) Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) . AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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