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Holiday Travel Guide 2021

Tis the SEAson for travel tips to make your trip safe and predictable.

We know it’s been a long year and the holiday season brings both joy and stress. Take a break and get a change of scenery. Our gift to you is new ways to make your travel easier than ever at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Here to help

  • Follow SEA on social media @flySEA and #FlySEA
  • Contact the Customer Care team — they’re here to help 
  • For questions about your flight or baggage, contact your airline

COVID-19 Rulebook of Travel

  • Wear your mask. It’s our rule, TSA’s rule, the airline’s rule. You get it
  • Check requirements for your airline and destination. Some destinations require vaccination, negative COVID-19 tests or mandatory quarantine for arriving passengers 
  • Follow CDC’s guidance for healthy travel:

Stress less during your holiday travel

  • Use SEA Spot Saver to skip the security line! This free program enables you to make a reservation for the TSA general screening security line. RSVP to save your spot in line up to 72 hours before travel for flights between 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Arrive two hours before domestic flights and three hours prior for international travel
  • Check TSA’s rules on what you can bring through security 
  • Download (or update!) the flySEA App. See checkpoint wait times and use the interactive map to navigate the airport
  • Look for the SEA Pathfinders in bright green if you have questions in the terminal, or slide into our @flySEA DMs and we’re happy to help
  • Leave something behind? Airport Lost and Found has an almost 90% return rate!

The trip before your trip

  • The SEA Airport parking garage is busy this holiday season
  • Avoid driving hassles with Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail. Public transit is by far the best option if you want to stay out of a traffic jam
  • Catch a ride with taxis or app-based ride shares like Uber and Lyft
  • Rent a your own ride. All rental car companies operate at an off-site rental car facility where dedicated shuttle buses transport passengers for free 24-hour-a-day, 365 days a year.
  • Pedal power! Yes, you can even bicycle to the airport with bike racks and two ways to access the airport on a bike
  • If you still plan to park, we recommend at least 30 minutes to find a stall. Offsite parking facilities are also expected to be very busy. Parking reservations are recommended
  • If you’re picking up or dropping off loved ones...
    • Check out the new and improved Cell Phone Lot! The new access ramp is a game changer with better flow for entry and exiting you can pick up your passengers easier. Use it instead of shoulder parking, which is dangerous and illegal 😊
    • Think opposite and balance the drives when going to pick up passengers! Use the Departures Drive for pick up at night and the Arrivals Drive for passenger drop off in the mornings
  • Be proactive to stay safe and prevent thefts in the parking garage. Maintain awareness of your surroundings, park near your destination in well-lit areas, keep items out of sight and report suspicious activity by calling 206-787-5401, or 911 in case of emergency

Seats and eats

  • Don’t start your vacation hangry. Eat with Order SEA, our mobile food ordering service with an option for gate delivery, for food from all over the airport.
  • Explore this guide for where to find seasonal flavors like eggnog, peppermint, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberry, and gingerbread.
  • Learn where to go for last minute holiday shopping at the airport. Locally made. Ethically sourced. Gifts that give back. These are just a few we're loving this holiday SEAson!
  • Stay on the nice list. SEA Airport, the businesses and restaurants, and airlines are working hard to staff up and get ready for the travel rush. Pack your flexibility and patience for the holidays. 
  • Escape the busy airport terminal with The Club SEA, open daily by Gates S9 and A12. Day passes are $45 and include complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks, beverages and bar service. Totally worth it!
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