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There’s no time like summer to get away. Before you pack your bags for the busiest travel season of the year, here are a few tips to make your journey a bit smoother:

  1. Arrive on time. Make plans to arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of a domestic flight and three hours ahead of an international flight, and be aware of construction efforts in places like LGA and LAX. You can also save time without parking by taking a Lyft ride to the airport — and earning miles while you’re at it.

  2. Go digital with the Fly Delta app. Don’t walk out your door without downloading the Fly Delta app. From automatic check-in, to bag-tracking with-real time updates – the Fly Delta app is your consummate travel companion. You can use the wayfinding feature to plot out an airport pit stop before your flight, or use the app to make travel changes on the go – like swapping your seat, treating yourself to an upgrade with miles or rebooking your flight when things don’t go as planned.

  3. Know your (carry on) limits. Delta customers are welcome to carry one bag and one personal item onboard, free of charge – just make sure they fit into the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. Don’t forget to remove liquids and food items at the TSA checkpoint, and be aware that TSA officers might ask you to remove certain items from your carry-on and place them in a bin. And remember, with Delta’s 20-minute bag guarantee for SkyMiles Members and bag tracking on the app, you can check your bag and avoid the hassle altogether.

  4. Save time and breeze through airport lines. Available at 28 airports across the country, CLEAR lets you speed through security with just the touch of a finger or a blink of an eye (and with exclusive pricing for SkyMiles Members – it’s a no-brainer).

    Travelling internationally? Consider signing up for Global Entry, a program that allows expedited travel back into the U.S. It lasts for five years and includes TSA Precheck. You can also speed things up by downloading U.S. Customs and Border Protection's free Mobile Passport Control app – it allows U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to use the app and expedite entry into the U.S.

  5. Keep tabs on the weather. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the latest weather forecast to help you plan for your trip. In the event of sudden summer storms, you can always check your flight status on or the Fly Delta App. And rest assured, Delta pilots are well-equipped to handle any bumps along the way, with industry-leading tools at their fingertips to help deliver a smoother, safer ride.

  6. Stay connected and entertained along the way. Get a jump start on plans with friends and family on the ground through free mobile messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Need to browse the internet for some last-minute trip research? Delta has you covered with in-flight Wi-Fi, available for purchase on nearly all domestic and international flights.

    And if you’re more in the mood to kick back and relax – Delta Studio has you covered with the latest movie releases, TV shows, fan favorite podcasts and more. Delta has the largest seat-back entertainmement equipped fleet in the world, free to customers in all cabins via seat-back screens or by streaming to a personal device.


Haven’t joined SkyMiles yet? Check out the benefits of becoming a SkyMiles Member – just in time for summer. And remember, miles are good for life.