O'Hare Airport

O’Hare Airport During the Holidays: Make the Most of Your Experience

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This blog was originally published in 2015; it has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information.

Prepare for Your Flight Through O’Hare Airport

As the holidays approach, many Chicagoans and visitors to the city are purchasing their plane tickets to head home for the holidays.

Holiday travel is stressful by nature, so finding easy ways to improve your experience is a worthwhile pursuit. If you’re heading into Chicago this holiday season, you might have a flight that passes through O’Hare. It’s important to manage each aspect of your travel so that you arrive on time and have minimal stress and frustration.

Here’s the lowdown on what to expect at O’Hare Airport this holiday season and how to streamline and improve your experience before your flight lands.

Book Your Flight During a Less Popular Time

Chicago O’Hare experiences the 4th-highest rate of flight delays and cancellations during the holidays among all major American airports. This could be because of a high concentration of travelers and issues with the weather.

Sometimes you can’t avoid booking a midday or early evening flight, and you’ll have to contend with the uptick in delays and cancellations that the holiday rush might cause.

But if you do have flexibility in your schedule, booking early-morning or red-eye flights could significantly reduce the chance that your flight will experience scheduling issues. Red-eyes and early morning flights also decrease the time to get through security. And you’ll find shorter lines at O’Hare shops and restaurants.

Unfortunately, weather issues often causes inevitable delays.

Keep Up With the Weather (and Your Flight)

You can’t control the weather, but with the right technology on hand, you might be able to better predict it. Similarly, there are ways to keep informed on the status of your flight as you wait.

There are tons of apps available to help you keep up-to-the-minute on the weather conditions and the status of your flight. With this extra knowledge, you can make more time-wise decisions about your schedule. Here are a few great weather apps to consider utilizing as you go:

+ Dark Sky

+ Yahoo Weather

+ Gate Guru

Additionally, consider getting the app for your airline. You can access your confirmation number, boarding pass, and more. Plus, you can stay up to date with the status of your flight. Some airlines that offer apps are:

+ Delta

+ Southwest

+ American Airlines

Consider Choosing Midway Over O’Hare

O’Hare is currently considered the busiest airport in America; it’s bound to get even more congested when the holidays arrive.

If the thought of fighting long lines and huge crowds makes you want to stay home for the holidays, consider another option: Midway Airport.

Midway Airport is slightly closer to the city than O’Hare Airport, but is smaller and experiences less overall congestion than O’Hare throughout the year.

For those of you flying domestically during the holidays, Midway has far fewer holiday flight cancellations than O’Hare, with just .64% of Midway flights cancelled over the past three holiday seasons.

If travel stress is a fear, consider booking your flight to Midway instead of O’Hare.

Prepare with Reliable Transportation

No matter what time of year you’re traveling into O’Hare, you always need reliable transportation to or from your flight.

Cabs and ride-sharing services simply can’t be counted on to maintain your schedule the way a professional car service can.

OML Worldwide has over 50 years of experience providing superior service to O’Hare Airport and beyond.

Our chauffeurs are local experts who will make your trip in or out of O’Hare or Midway a breeze. We know the area, are up-to-date on any construction zones or delays, and will provide the most stress-free and enjoyable commute for our customers.

Peruse our fleet to choose the vehicle that offers the amenities, space and presentation you need; you can rest assured that we offer only late-model vehicles that are meticulously maintained.

Contact OML Worldwide  to make reservations for your holiday trip through O’Hare Airport.

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Dale Schahczinski
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