/R E P E A T -- Saturday, December 19th, 2015 is shaping up to be the busiest travel day of the holiday season/

Expedia.ca offers useful tips on navigating around the busiest travel day

TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - According to Expedia.caTM, Canada's leading full-service online travel provider, the busiest day of travel during this holiday season is expected to be Saturday, December 19th, 2015, based on flight demand on Expedia.ca as of November 27th, 2015, between the travel period of December 17th and January 6th. Nearly 1.3 million passengers are expected to travel through Toronto Pearson International Airport from December 15-25th, 2015.

Some Canadians will travel to be with friends and family, while others will look to escape the cold weather. Popular international destinations for the holiday season are mostly in warmer locations. Based on Expedia.ca bookings, the top international destinations for Canadians this holiday season include Cancun, Miami, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Mexico City.

Domestic travel over the holiday season continues to be popular. Here are some of the top domestic destinations for holiday travel this year:

  1. Toronto
  2. Vancouver
  3. Calgary
  4. Montreal
  5. Edmonton

In preparation for the busiest travel day, Expedia.ca Brand Marketing Director, Jennifer Callegaro, is available for in-person or telephone interviews to discuss key data on the busiest travel day and offer tips on how to make your journey a little less hectic, so you won't arrive at your final destination a Scrooge (bah humbug!), including:

  • How to use mobile apps to organize and to stay up to speed on your travel plans and itineraries while on the go

    • Stay up to speed with the status of your flight at all times – if has been delayed or cancelled, you might want to wait before heading to the airport. Download travel apps such as the Expedia Mobile App which will allow you to check all your travel details – from flight schedules and hotel options to your complete itinerary – while on the go.

    • Make a list and check it twice: Plan what needs to be packed ahead of time to ensure you have everything you need, including all proper ID and documentation.

  • How not to be the person at the security line that holds everyone up / tips for expert packing, such as:

    • DON'T WRAP IT: When bringing presents to your destination, be sure not to wrap them until you arrive. When your checked luggage goes through security, there is a chance they will go into your bag and have to unwrap to clear the item.

    • WEIGH IT: Don't get stuck paying extra baggage fees – use a handheld weigh scale to weigh your bags before you leave so you can remove items or prepare yourself for a fee. Airlines list their extra baggage fees on their websites so you can check maximum allowances. Also consider packing everything into your carry-on without needing to check baggage, but…

    • FOLLOW THE RULES: Make sure you have packed any liquids in your carry-on bags according to the security regulations. Pre-pack any liquids in bottles no more than 100ml each, and carry them in clear, re-sealable plastic bags.

  • How to keep the troops entertained

    • When travelling with kids, parents know that waiting in line can make the calmest of kids get a little stir-crazy. To avoid this, make sure to carry a few boredom busters in your carry-on luggage, especially for the kids. Magazines, books, puzzles, word games, video games and/or a deck of cards don't take a lot of space and are great at keeping everyone occupied.

    • Also, bring some snacks (no liquids) like granola bars and treats. Airport snack bars can be pricey – and they'll have lines, too. They will be especially useful if there are unforeseen delays or lengthy layovers.

*All data is based on bookings include a flight component (stand alone flight or build your own packages) made on Expedia.ca between Jan 1Nov 27 for travel between 12.17 – 01.06.

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SOURCE Expedia.ca

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Charlene Magnaye, Veritas Communications, Magnaye@veritasinc.com, 416-955-4573; Ryan Blanchard, Veritas Communications, Blanchard@veritasinc.com, 416-646-1843

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