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Air Travelers Holiday Wish List

I first published this “Air Travelers Holiday Wish List” in 2002. That first year, some airline employees found it and told me that they loved it and shared it with the office.

Are these wishes still desired today? Are any list items worse?

Air Travelers Holiday Wish List

aerial view of Miami Beach, Florida: Air Travelers Holiday Wish List

The following is the last verse, to be sung to the tune of the popular Christmas Carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Enjoy!

Air Travelers Holiday Wish List

On the Twelfth Flight of Christmas, the airlines** should give us:

Undamaged Baggage
Pleasant Customer Service
Easier Check-in
No Overbookings
More Non-stop Flights, Please
Better Eating Choices
Convenient Parking
L O W E R A I R F A R E S
Increased Leg Room
More jetBlues***
Fewer Delays and
NO Lines at Se-cu-ri-ty

** Sure, the airline are not to blame for every air travel problem. What fun is there in teasing the airports or FAA?

*** Substitute “Southwest” for “jetBlue,” if desired.

Air Travelers Holiday Wish List

Yeah, increased leg room.


Happy Holidays!
Charles McCool
author, Winning the Airfare Game


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20 Responses to “Air Travelers Holiday Wish List”

  1. Marilyn Jones December 10, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    You and me both!! A very accurate list!! Happy Holidays!!

  2. Doreen Pendgracs December 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Undamaged or unlost baggage is a big one! I’ve certainly had both over the years. Wishing you safe and happy travels, Charles.

  3. Jo Castro December 3, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    Easier check-in, no queues and can we somehow get rid of jet lag too?

  4. Sue Reddel December 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    Guess the more things change the more they stay the same. Happy Holidays!n

  5. The GypsyNesters December 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    Wish seems to be the operative word here. Wouldn’t it be nice? Usually we just try to avoid flying over the holidays.

  6. Romeo Belarmino December 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    So…. after I finish typing this comment, I’m going to have to contact Sampsonite to get my 29′” spinner fixed because the handlers literally ripped the zipper half off it on this last trip. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…….

  7. Rachel Heller December 22, 2015 at 5:02 am #

    Doesn’t seem like anything’s changed since 2002! I’d add “No turbulence!”

  8. Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go December 22, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    Great list that wraps up everything I hope for each time I travel by air It’s strange to remember that there used to be a time when flying was a fun adventure! Anita

    • McCool Travel December 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      Exactly. I also once loved to fly. Now I feel lucky if I simply arrive without incident.

  9. Johanna December 21, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    Totally agree with your list Charles! In a perfect flying world, hey! Now I can’t get the tune out of my head 😉 Merry Christmas 🙂

    • McCool Travel December 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

      Hope the song catches on all the way to an international broadcast!

  10. Marilyn Jones December 21, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    I actually sang along in my head as I was reading it…so very true for every traveler. Add no screaming children (not the airlines fault either, but while I’m wishing…)! Happy Holidays!

    • McCool Travel December 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

      Good addition to the list. Thank you for singing along, Marilyn!

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