So, you've booked your holiday, checked your passport is in date and ordered your suncream. The only thing that you've not sorted is how to get to the airport on time! You are considering driving but you've done some research into parking at the airport and all the nearby places are either fully booked or ridiculously expensive, especially if you have a large group with multiple cars! Plus the thought of cramming all of your family's luggage into a small boot and driving at 5 am with screaming children fills you with dread. Or maybe you don't drive and the train or bus timetables just don't work with your flight times!
Fear not, help is here! At TJs Travel we have been doing private airport transfers for over a decade so we know how to get you to the airport on time and at a fair price. But once you get to the airport how do you then make sure you don't miss your flight?
Here are some top tips from our regular travellers on how they sail through airport check-in:
Check-In Online: Almost every airline offers online check-in. Check your travel documents or confirmation email on how to do this. It saves you tonnes of time at arrival and ensures you sail through check-in! Also, you can pre-book the best seats which is especially handy with young children, elderly grandparents or large groups. Just make a note of when the online check-in opens so you can get the best availability. Finally, make sure you print or download your tickets to your phone so they are ready on the day.
Take Entertainment: If you are travelling with young children you need to make sure that you are well prepared. There are always queues and periods of waiting around at an airport so take supplies with you. So, get those films downloaded, activity books packed, kindles/iPads charged and toys at the ready!
Snacks For the Kids: This is a tricky area as all airports have complex restrictions. What's good to know is that anything solid is allowed in hand luggage. This includes sandwiches, crackers, crisps, bananas, apples or (the essential bribe food) chocolate! You are best avoiding anything that could be considered a liquid. However, if you wish to take your child's drinking bottle just make sure they have either drunk it all or emptied it before you get to passport control and security. The only exception here is baby milk and baby food but this can vary with each airport and airline so do check before you fly.
Have Your Passport and Boarding Pass Ready: Always have these to hand so you don't waste time stopping and searching for them. Even if you pop into Duty-Free make sure these are on you, as you will be asked to present them even if you're just buying some water. It's also good to have your boarding pass ready if staff come calling for passengers on your flight. It's always nice to get on the flight first!
Speed Through Airport Security: Pop your phone, coins, keys, make-up and any liquids in a clear bag before you get to security. Lots of our passengers do this on the way in their private airport transfer bus so they are ready when they arrive. Also, remove any heavy jewellery and belts and make sure that you've planned your outfit so your clothing doesn't have any decorative zips or metal that may set the scanners off. And, if you have any electrical devices with you (if you have kids then I'm sure you will) make sure they are out of your bag and ready to go in a tray on their own through the scanner.
Keep Checking: If you stop at the soft play or toilets make sure you turn around and check to see that you haven't left any luggage, toys or travel documents behind you when you leave. Be especially alert if you're flying at crazy times as things are easily lost when we are tired.
Don't Hit The Beer Too Hard: Everyone loves a holiday drink at the airport but be careful. It's easy to lose track of time and miss your final boarding call if you're a bit tipsy. Plus, a long take-off and a full bladder just don't mix! Wait until your flight is in the air to enjoy your celebratory tipple!
Keep Checking For Your Gate: The departures board keeps you updated about boarding, gate changes and delays so make sure you and your family keep checking this. Once your gate appears on the board give yourself plenty of time to get to it. Running through the airport, dragging young children behind you and hearing “last call” for your flight is not the way you want to start your holiday. Especially if the flight leaves with your luggage and not you!
If you need any help to get you and your family to the airport this summer then please get in touch. We offer private airport transfers so you will only travel with your own party in your own minibus or coach. We can cater for parties from 4 - 70 in safe, child-friendly vehicles of all sizes.
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Just a thank you for the excellent all round service from TJs Travel for our outing to Wetherby town and the races on Saturday 8th Dec. The coach was outstanding and the driver courteous and helpful.
Sorry, I was unable to travel to Castle Howard with my party yesterday but on their return, my friends were very complimentary regarding the Coach and Driver the trip was enjoyed by everyone.
Just got home from a break to London you covered for Omega. I want to say how much of a credit our driver Jason is to your company. From the moment he took over our tour he was faced with a lot of issues the previous driver had caused, but he dealt with each one with true professionalism, he honestly deserves a medal!! London was so busy and Jason handled it fantastically... and got us all home safely. Please pass on my gratitude to him he made our weekend!! And thank you to his little boy Kieran for letting us borrow his dad. Have fun on the quad fellas... Thanks Ashley & Amanda (The ladies who gave you the shortbread, ha ha)
Many thanks for a fulfilling our recent trip to the Blue Dolphin Haven Holiday Park near Filey. We were collected on Monday morning from home then returned Friday morning. We had two different drivers who were really helpful and pleasant. We had two different routes to and from the holiday, going via Driffield and returning via York and although the return journey had major delays on the roads everyone commented how professional the driver was, the buses were clean and very well presented with more than enough space for luggage and legroom. We are now looking for another holiday for next year and will no doubt be in touch to arrange travel. A first class job with a first first class service.
Thanks for a good service. Tony was brilliant.
A Mail Of “Thanks” Good Morning. A mail to express our "Thanks"for transporting us to the races yesterday. The coach was first class and more importantly our driver so helpful and kind,and it was good to meet the management as well. Hopefully it is the beginning of a on going service.
Thank you The tenants really enjoyed the day out and commented on how nice the bus was, they want to go back again nearer Christmas so I’ll be booking again
Prompt, efficient, reliable, friendly. Would definitely recommend and use again after a good day out at Manchester Emirates stadium.
I just wanted to send a very quick email to pass on my thanks to the coach drivers and the company for their support with our trip to Sheffield last Tuesday, 27.2.18. Obviously the weather caused some concern as it could have meant that we needed to cancel the trip. On the morning of the visit the coach drivers all arrived at school on time, parked in a great location and this meant that we were able to leave the school building safely and easily without school traffic causing a problem. I mentioned to one of the drivers that should the snow get any worse then we would need to possibly come back early. He gave me his contact details and said to contact him during the day. He explained that they were staying on site but I had his details should a change to the departure time be needed. All of the drivers were really friendly and helped with the smooth running of a very large school visit. As arranged the buses were numbered and this was really helpful. Once again - thank you. We know we can always rely on you!
I just also wanted to thank the driver - he was fabulous! Especially with the first day problem of the car park gate being locked.
Just a quick thank you to yourselves at TJs travel for the bus provided on Saturday. Everything went excellent, the driver was on time and excellent with our members, The bus was in pristine condition and more than we could have ever asked for. We will definitely use your services again and recommend to friends and family.
Would just like to say on behalf of everyone of us thank you for your services great company and will be recommended by us all and also great for the disabled too!
Would highly recommend TJ's Travel. Booked for a job today and the driver was ready and waiting for us, courteous and very professional. Will definitely use again.
The bus was immaculate and the driver full of character!
Lovely, clean bus and a lovely driver.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you! The coach was excellent and the driver was lovely and polite. All in all we were over the moon!
Superb service and excellent customer service in terms of sorting out fixtures and the personal touch of phone calls to sort out any issues which have arisen or to confirm fixtures.
I would just like to thank you for all your help and the service you provided. Everything was perfect!
Very good service across the board. We will be using you again and we would recommend your services too.
Responded to my enquiry quickly, very accommodating, safe driver. Driver was a top chap, well mannered, dressed appropriately. The vehicle was better than anticipated. We would definitely use you again and recommend you to friend's and family.
Every thing was 5 star. Driver was a credit to your company
I have just phoned one of the tenants to ask how it went and he said they all enjoyed and that the mini bus was great. So thank you and I will save your details for bookings in the future.
I just wanted to say thank you for supplying the coach for our day out yesterday. Everything went perfectly. Please could you pass on our thanks to the driver who was very efficient, courteous and very accommodating with picking up and dropping off on the way home.
Sorry I had meant to write before now to thank you for your mini bus for our Daughter's Wedding Day on the 29/4/17. Your Driver (sorry we've forgotten his name) was great on the day especially picking us up initially at Bond End traffic lights with the Tour De Yorkshire also adding to our stress on the day but all went according to plan thankfully.
First and foremost I would like to thank you for your excellent service. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish.
Just a quick email to say thanks for Saturday - great service throughout and would recommend. Relieved the day went smoothly!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ………. for an efficient service that you offered last night on our first company outing.
We had an excellent service and will continue to use TJ services, Regards Barbara
Just want to say a big thank you, I booked your bus for Manchester marathon on sun and got excellent service both on way there and return and the driver even let them have a toilet stop on way back, definitely book you again - thanks Steve.
Excellent service all round - could not have asked for a more helpful driver - would definitely use again.
Fantastic service! Will def be using again every time!
Once again great service from your staff, with seamless transfers. Thank you.
Just to say thank you to me and you guys for all help- they’re really happy with the vehicles/service and how quick we can cover any amendments/new quotes etc – looking at carrying on till at least end of the year!
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