Traveling for Business? Beat the Airport Queues with These 6 Top Tips

If there’s one thing we all expect at the airport, it’s queues. There’s really nothing more frustrating than waiting behind the same person for 40 minutes when you could be at your gate relaxing instead. Follow these six simple tips, and you could save yourself a lot of time waiting in line.

Use time in the security queue wisely.

While it won’t get you to the front of the queue any faster, you can put your time in the security queue to good use. While you’re waiting in the line it can be wise to pull out your laptop ready to place it in the trays, and to remove any jackets and belts that might pose a problem. This can shave time off that could be better spent on the other side, and security staff will always appreciate your foresight.

Use time in the security queue wisely.

While it won’t get you to the front of the queue any faster, you can put your time in the security queue to good use. While you’re waiting in the line it can be wise to pull out your laptop ready to place it in the trays, and to remove any jackets and belts that might pose a problem. This can shave time off that could be better spent on the other side, and security staff will always appreciate your foresight.

Use the SmartGate when arriving in Australia.

If you’re an Australian arriving home or if you’re from Canada, the UK, the USA, France, China, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland or Taiwan, then you should be able to use SmartGate to scan your passport and skip the line for manual processing. When large flights are arriving all at once, you can breeze right through.

Use the Express Path card, if applicable.

If you’re lucky enough to be flying as first class or business class passengers or be a Qantas Platinum or Platinum One member, you may be given an Express Path card as you touch down in Australia. This can allow you to fast-track queues at immigration as well as customs checkpoints. Keep in mind that you’ll still have to go through manned checkpoints if you have something to declare, or if you’ve recently visited a Yellow Fever risk country.

Take carry-on only for short domestic flights.

If you’re flying to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for a work meeting or weekend away, then skipping the checked baggage could save you a lot of time. You can check in easily online, and at the end of the flight save 20 minutes or more that you won’t have to spent at the baggage carousel. It also means you can bypass the crowd of people who just came off the same plane and hop straight into the next taxi or Uber!

Book central accommodation close to public transport

Many travellers book accommodation out near the airport, but this can make life difficult when you want to venture out for work or a nice meal out. By booking central, serviced apartments in the Melbourne or Brisbane CBDs, you’ll have the best of all worlds. You’ll be at the heart of the dining and entertainment areas of the city, plus you’ll be close to public transport so you can get to the airport on time and beat the queues.

Book early flights and out of peak times wherever possible.

Whether you’re jetting off to Europe, taking a holiday in a tropical destination or simply flying across Australia for a Tuesday morning meeting, by booking at less popular times you’ll have a far easier time at the airport with shorter queues. There isn’t all that much difference between a 7am and 8:30am flight, but you’ll be able to get through security early and sip a coffee as you catch up on work rather than stand in line waiting.

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