Want some solid travel advice? Well, who better to hand out tips for holiday travel than a pilot? Patrick Smith, wrote the book Ask The Pilot, suggests keeping these things in mind when you travel this season:

  • Flight delays. Plan ahead if you're traveling to or from Logan International in Boston. It's one of the busiest airports in the United States. But no matter where you're traveling to and from, here how you can tell if your flight will be delayed. Check out the flags on the tarmac. If the wind is coming from the northwest, you'll be delayed. Only two of the 5 runways can operate when the wind comes from that direction.
  • You're forced to stay overnight. If your flight is really delayed - as in you can't fly out until the next day - and you need a hotel. Follow the flight crew. They often stay in hotels with soundproof rooms and 24 hour meal service.
  • If you need to rent a car, don't do it at the airport! You can save up to 30% on a car if you rent it in town rather than at the airport, where they know they've got you held captive. So, take a cab to your hotel and rent a car in the city.
  • At your hotel, don't stay above the 8th floor. There is no fire truck ladder in the world than can reach higher than 8 stories. Stay somewhere between the 2nd and 8th floor. The first floor has the most burglaries. And ask which floor the "booster pumps" are on. Stay on that floor and you'll have excellent water pressure in the shower.
  • Don't let turbulence freak you out. Have you ever been driving down a gravel road? You bump around a lot but the car doesn't flip over. Turbulence is the airborne equivalent of that gravel road.