Holiday travel is no picnic, but with this guide from industry insiders, you can have a far more pleasant trip.

Fly early, arrive on time

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Even if you’re not a morning person, you should still book early morning flights. The best times to fly in November and December are between 6 a.m. and noon, according to Henrik Zillmer, CEO of AirHelp, a free app that tracks flights worldwide and helps users with claims such as lost luggage, delays, and cancellations. Flights earlier in the day are less likely to be delayed; if the plane is held up or canceled, you still have a good shot of getting another flight the same day. Also, tickets are generally less expensive for early morning flights. Here are 13 things you should know before booking your flight online.

Be wary of cheap rates

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“Airlines, especially budget carriers, advertise cheap rates for the holidays. But before you know it, you’re spending an extra 100 to 200 dollars to select your seat, bring carry-on luggage, print your boarding pass, etc.,” says Chelsea Hudson, travel expert at TopCashback.com. Compare the prices between budget and non-budget airlines. You may be surprised that it is actually more economical to book a flight with a non-budget airline that doesn’t charge for incidentals such as water, carry-on luggage, headphones, pillows, and blankets.

Tweet for help

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Who wants to wait in line or try to flag down someone to assist you when you need help at the airport? “Reach out to your airline on Twitter. Most airlines have dedicated social care teams that can quickly help resolve issues regarding your travel plans,” says Andrew Trull, spokesman for Metropolitan Washinton Airport Authority (MWAA). Got a question for TSA? Trull recommends tweeting it to @AskTSA for a timely response. These are 10 sneaky money traps people always fall for when they travel.