One way to save time is by leaving your vehicle at The Parking Spot. You can reserve a space, so you don’t have to worry about looking for a spot. Plus, The Parking Spot waives its normal $4.95 reservation fee for AAA members. With shuttles that run every five to seven minutes in most locations, you’ll be off to the terminal in no time, complete with a complimentary newspaper and bottle of water. Wondering how long it’ll be until the shuttle arrives? You can download The Parking Spot’s mobile app to track the shuttles in real time.
Best of all, you’ll get at least 10 percent off the daily parking rate by showing your AAA membership card when paying. Speed things up even more by joining The Spot Club, the free rewards program. You’ll earn reward points, plus express entry and exit at the lot. Flying soon? Make your reservation at The Parking Spot today.
Airports are full of lines, two of which are at the entrance: passenger check-in, and baggage check-in. Most airlines now offer online passenger check-in and boarding pass printing, so you can skip that line and go straight to baggage check-in if needed.
Even better, try to travel without checked bags—you’ll be able to skip the front counter entirely and head straight to security, which can be a huge time-saver.
If you don’t have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, some smart planning can make going through regular security screening less of a hassle.
If you’re planning to leave the U.S. (including trips to Mexico and Canada), make sure you have a valid passport. Many countries require that your passport is a minimum of six months away from expiring upon departure and arrival. If you don’t have a passport or your current one is nearing expiration, it should be taken care of as soon as possible. The regular renewal process can take at least four to six weeks, and even costly “expedited” processing can take up to three weeks. (If your destination requires a visa, you may need your passport renewed even earlier.)
Let your local AAA branch help you get started early by providing the necessary forms and taking passport photos. Learn more about the process and how to get started.