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Winter Weather Travel Help!

Winter Weather Travel Help!

Old Nov 23, 22, 7:19 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Florida
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Smile Winter Weather Travel Help!

Making the best use of my promotional 2023 Companion Pass!

Any tips for winter weather travel for the following destinations?
  1. Buffalo/Niagara, NY (Early January) -- heading to Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City
  2. Seattle/Tacoma, WA (Late January) -- heading to San Juan Islands, N. Cascades, and BC
  3. New York, NY (Mid February) -- heading to Manhattan
What to wear on the plane from Florida to these colder climates?
What to pack in my suitcase as we are coming from Florida?
What to expect at the airport regarding crowds and/or delays?
What fun family things to do in each destination during winter?

Last year for my promotional 2022 Companion Pass, we went to Tuscon, AZ (Late January); Las Vegas, NV (Mid February)-- headed to southern Utah + Zion NP; and Long Beach, CA (Late February) -- headed to the Beach Cities, so that was all warm-weather climates which were nice.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 8:13 am
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1. Warmer clothes? So like long sleeved shirts and pants? Jackets depending on the temperature at your destination? Are you connecting anywhere? Are those connections at like BWI or MDW where it can snow?
2. Warmer clothes based on the temperature at your destination?
3. Since it's WN, remember that they will never pay for anything, so I would recommend budgeting at least one unexpected night at a hotel into your winter travel plans (or having a bunch of hotel points in different programs works too). Also remember that LGA is essentially a WN outstation, as is BUF, SEA, etc. with few rebooking options. If you get stranded in BUF (remember they just got literally six feet of snow), maybe a couple nights? Flying to Buffalo or NYC in the winter on WN may just cost you more than your promo companion pass saves. There's a reason WN is basically giving these away to fill planes in Jan and Feb.
4. Probably primarily indoor activities as it may (will likely) be frigid in Manhattan and NE Canada and rainy in Seattle and BC. Also it seems like you have your itineraries pretty set?

Your 2022 itineraries sound much more pleasant to me in the winter

Last edited by nineworldseries; Nov 24, 22 at 8:22 am
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Old Nov 24, 22, 8:57 am
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You can just wear normal clothes on the plane. The plane and the airports are kept near the same temperature year round. The jetways are often cold or hot of course.

For some reason, folks think cruiseships, casinos, hotels, etc are colder or hotter based on where they are or time of year. Not.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 10:43 am
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Backpack a collapsible or folding lightweight portable stool. Walking around old Quebec City and Montreal is fun. Public seating is generally covered in snow and ice.

No one will suspect you're from Florida .
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