Austin travel agent tips on Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
If you’re flying to or from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), plan on having a relative or friend drop you off or pick you up, says Marina Byrum, owner of highly rated Travel by Marina in Austin.
"Your best bet will always be to have someone drive you and drop you off, if at all possible," she says. "If you don’t have friends or family that can do so, take a taxi or shuttle, especially if you’ll be gone more than a week – daily parking fees can add up."
To avoid a rush, try booking a flight that avoids the peak travel times for AUS: Friday and Sunday evenings, according to Byrum. The best times to beat the crowds are Saturdays and Mondays in the afternoon or evening. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport recommends arriving at least two hours before your flight departs to avoid any delays.
Although smaller airports, such as Dryden Regional Airport, are available to travelers, Byrum says your best bet is departing from Austin-Bergstrom. "I would not recommend flying out of a regional airport – unless you have your own plane," she says. "The small regional airports can’t provide you with a choice of airlines, airplane equipment or departure times that a larger airport can offer."
She adds that with a number of other international airports within a few hours' driving distance, travelers looking to save money or book direct flights for their vacations may benefit from considering departing from other airports. "Consider flying out of San Antonio or even Dallas/Ft. Worth or Houston – often you will find considerable savings by doing so," Byrum says.
When packing for your trip, pack lightly and plan ahead to breeze through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints. "Wear shoes that are easy to slip out of, such as sandals or flip-flops, and don’t wear a belt or any jewelry that contains metal," Byrum says.