Get Ahead With These Travel Tips
- Make sure you’re going to the correct airport. Airports may be identified by their code (IAD for Dulles International or DCA for Reagan National).
- Dropping someone off at the airport? Consider dropping them off on the "Arrivals" level, rather than "Departures," especially during peak times. Ticket counters are located a short elevator or escalator ride up one level.
- Picking someone up at the airport? Follow signs to the cell phone lot and wait for your friend or family member there, rather than circling the roadways. When they're ready for a pick up, consider meeting them on the ticketing level during peak arrival times when the arrivals roadway is most congested. Want to really surprise your holiday traveler? Park and head into the airport to meet them! Parking is free for up to 60 minutes in garages 1 and 2 during the holiday season. Just use your credit card or take a parking ticket, as you would normally.
- Get there early. It's better to be early than to miss your flight. We offer travelers gourmet eats, massages, wine tastings, a range of shopping options, live performances and more to keep you entertained.
- Worried about navigating the airport? Download the DC Airports app and familiarize yourself with it in advance. In addition, airline websites and mobile apps offer great resources for managing travel and staying informed.
- Wondering what you can and can't take through security? Reach out to @AskTSA for answers and guidance on what you can and can’t pack. Download the My TSA mobile app and type in your questions.
- Want to grab a bite to eat before your flight? We feature local flavors and those must-try locales. For a last-chance opportunity to taste a bit of the D.C. region. Chef Geoff’s offers up a range of locally inspired creations.
- Traveling with a disability or family member with a disability? Tell the airline in advance (airlines manage wheelchair assistance), call TSA Cares three days before your trip for assistance (855.787.2227) and notify your airline that you’d like to pre-board when checking in and upon arrival at your gate.
- Run into issues while traveling? Reach out to your airline on Twitter - they may be able to assist with flight delays, baggage issues and other customer service issues. Travelers Aid desks also provide a great resource when things don’t go as planned.
Read full travel tips list.