Best Holiday Travel Tips For People From DFW

November 24, 2012 7:00 AM

(Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Santa and his reindeer might travel around the world in one night without a hitch, but for most others traveling during the holidays can be a challenge. With more than half of all Americans flying the skies and traveling by road this Christmas season, it’s a good idea to prepare for any obstacles that could unravel your holiday travels. From planning a road trip to keeping kids entertained, these great holiday travel tips help travelers around Dallas Fort Worth enjoy smooth sailing no matter the season.

INRIX Traffic App
www.inrixtraffic.comPrice: free

There’s nothing that can ruin your holiday travels worse than missing a flight. Even though you plan to get to the airport on time, unforeseen things can happen after you’re en route. With the INRIX traffic app you receive accurate, real-time traffic flows on roads in 126 major cities across North America and 18 European countries. This user-friendly app gives a bird’s-eye view of traffic conditions, with highlights on local events, road closures, construction and live traffic updates. Users can see where traffic delays begin so they can avoid the area, and the app provides easy zoom in and out features. The follow me feature allows you to set your current location, so INRIX can follow you and help you get to where you’re going faster than your planned route.

Paradise 4 Paws
3010 N. Airfield Drive
DFW Airport, TX 75261
(972) 456-0010
www.paradise4pawsdallas.comPrice:$49 to $100 dog boarding/$27 to $37 cat boarding

While you’re away, let your dogs and cats play at this pet hotel situated on the DFW Airport property. Boarding your pet right at the airport can save time and money because you can drop them off easily before catching a flight, rather then needing to leave them elsewhere the day before. Paradise stays open round the clock, so you can pick up your pet at any time you want. Pets enjoy the facility too, because they stay in cage-free suites and have plenty of playtime with their pals. Pet parents may call anytime to check on their animals, and they have 24/7 access to them via the webcam. Paradise offers a variety of extra services including a home pick up service, training, grooming, spa, snacks and belly rubs. There is $10 a day parking on the site, which includes a free shuttle to the airport. If you’re running late to the gate, have your pet picked up at the airport for $20.

The Airport Valet
DFW Airport, TX 75261
(972) 313-2500
www.theairportvalet.comPrice: $24 one to four days/$20 five to seven days/$17 eight or more days

At peak travel times, airport parking lots fill up quickly, causing you to lose precious time looking for parking availability. Remote parking at DFW airport averages $8 to $10 a day, with express and terminal parking rates running $11 to $20. When you consider the time involved in securing a spot and shuttling to the gate, paying a little more for a valet service can be worthwhile. Once you reserve your date with Airport Valet, you just arrive at your gate and let the valet park your car in a private warehouse until you return. Upon return, the valet will check your flight arrival information and meet you at baggage, or where ever you specify. Additionally, the valet provides extra services ranging from car washes and oil changes to inspection stickers and car repairs through the Park Place dealership. Sign up for the frequent parker club and earn points that are redeemable toward parking, services, events and restaurants.

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Road Trip America Map Wizard

Price: freeMake your road trip more than just a drive, make it an adventure. This handy planner not only plots your route and calculates gas expenses, but also points out a plethora of roadside stops and attractions along the way, all of which can be printed out. For example: plotting out the route from Dallas to Nashville pulls up 25 historic sites and roadside attractions complete with a short description, contact information and website links. Additionally, it will locate lodging options, food stops and shopping areas. The site is full of travel-related information, advice, games and interesting forums.

DFW Airport Entertainment
3200 E. Airfield Drive
DFW Airport, TX 75261
(972) 973-3112
www.dfwairport.comPrice: free (child play areas)/$50 Admiral Club (day pass)

Holiday travel entails spending more time at the airport than usual, especially if you encounter a layover or flight cancellation. Besides eating, shopping and napping in your seat (if you can find one), there are other options to keep both you and the kids entertained.

Play Areas
For young children, there are five areas for them to climb, run and stretch: McDonalds play area at terminal D33; Children’s play area at terminals D10 and E21, and Pepsi Junior Flyer’s Club at terminals B12 and C14.

Admirals Club
For adults and children, the Admirals Club offers non-member adults a daily pass (online only), for $50, that includes up to three children younger than 18 or two guests per pass. The clubs, located in terminals A through D, provide rest areas, computers, showers, plus complimentary snacks and beverages between 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The A, C and D terminal club locations also offer children’s areas equipped with games, PCs and a TV featuring children’s programs.

InMotion Entertainment
InMotion Entertainment, located at terminals D10, D31 and E16, sells electronic gadgets and accessories, and rents DVDs and players that can be returned to any InMotion location worldwide.

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With a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe studying and working in marketing and tourism. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at

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