The holiday travel season was not the smooth one for air travel. While the worst delays and cancellations are behind us, we aim to get through the airport as quickly as possible.

The world’s airports handle millions of people every day. While some of them are better than others, there are still some areas where you can experience delays. These include security lines, immigration checkpoints, and bag drop queues. Follow these tips and tricks to make your trip as effortless as possible.

Check-in Via the App

The app for every airline will let you check in for your flight and avoid the worst of the airport. This is because it will allow you to avoid the lines and ensure you get to the security line before your flight departs. Another benefit of using this app is that it will enable you to pack in just a carry-on bag, eliminating the need to check in at the counters.

Choose Less Busy Times

Due to the increased number of flights during the holiday season, the security lines at the airports can get long. To avoid this, choose less busy times of the week or year and make your trip more convenient. One more tip is to book flights at smaller airports that are less busy.

Keep Your Documents Handy

People waiting behind you may not want to see your boarding pass and passport slip out of your bag. Instead, keep them in a carry-on or a bag with a zipper so they can easily access them as you go through security.

Airline Elite Status

One of the easiest ways to get through security faster is through your airline’s elite status. This benefit usually only applies to members of this program, but it can be used to bring other people with you. Important to note that this benefit is only available at specific airports, so make sure that you check with your carrier first.

If you’re not currently a member of an airline, getting elite status can be easy. There are a variety of cobranded credit cards that offer sign-up bonuses and points that can help you earn elite status.

Don’t Check Any Bags

One of the most critical factors you should consider when making your airport experience better is avoiding checking your bag. As the travel demand has increased, the lines to drop off your bag have become the worst part of the airport.

Some people will insist that you must check a bag. I am an avid skier, so I understand why some items cannot be brought on board. However, the travel experience can worsen when you queue up and wait in line to retrieve your bag.

Slip-On Shoes

Before going through security, you should first determine whether or not you must remove your shoes. If you’re a member of the TSA PreCheck program, you may not have to remove your shoes. If you’re a younger traveler, however, you should probably put on shoes that are comfortable and slip off. You can also protect your feet with socks if you have to remove your shoes.