Gone are the days when you could simply throw a few things in a suitcase and jump on a plane. Between airlines' weight requirements and security regulations on certain substances, you need to apply careful consideration to what you bring to the skies.  Yankee Trails is pleased to provide you with the answers to some of those most frequently asked questions and invite you to email us at info@yankeetrails.com if there are any additional questions you feel we could/should add.

Staying at an all-inclusive ("AI") resort means you'll pay one flat price for your room, all meals and drinks. But that’s only the beginning: tons of activities and entertainment, as well as taxes and tips, are included as well, so you won’t get shocked by hidden fees on check-out. Many upscale resorts add excursions and other luxury perks to the package. Meanwhile, ‘European Plan’ (EP) resorts do no not include meals, drinks, taxes or tips in the quoted price.

Many all-inclusive resorts are destinations in themselves, from beachfront access and an array of pools to numerous restaurants, spas, water sports, and dedicated spaces for kids.  You don't even have to leave the property to have a full vacation experience.

With nearly everything paid for upfront, you can focus on enjoying the moment rather than racking up charges.  Think of it like you would a cruise - with drinks included!

Really, you should be asking yourself “why not”? Yes, the package price makes them convenient; but it’s really about the experience. These resorts go above and beyond to provide you with excellent service. Think butlers, 24-hour room service and more. Organized activities and kids’ clubs make them great destinations for families. And although adults-only resorts or adults-only sections can’t guarantee romance, they do make it a lot more likely.

You’ll find plenty of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Central America, and most Caribbean islands. Many all-inclusive resort brands have several different properties, so if you find one you like, you can travel somewhere different each year and be confident you’ll be getting the same level of service wherever you go.

You can book your next vacation package, including round-trip air, from our website.  However, when it comes time to make your deposit, a Yankee Trails Gift Card may not be used (sorry for the inconvenience).  You may use your gift card when making additional/final payments.  Simply conctact our office during regular business hours at 518-286-2400 (NY) / 352-633-4643 (FL) and one of our friendly agents would be happy to accept your gift card!

According to the airline you fly with, your carry-on and checked luggage will need to meet certain weight and size requirements. In many cases, exceeding these limits will result in additional fees. Besides the variation in size and weight restrictions by airline, an individual airline may have different allowances for its first-class, business class or economy class passengers. Different regulations may also apply for domestic or international flights. While many airlines have traditionally allowed one to two pieces of checked luggage, with fees for additional items, it's increasingly common for an airline to charge for all checked bags, especially for domestic flights.

The bags you bring with you on board the plane typically answer to the highest levels of regulations. The Transportation Security Administration provides extensive lists of items that you are prohibited to pack in carry-on luggage. For example, you cannot pack sharp objects, sporting goods and martial arts items, firearms and tools within carry-on luggage. In many cases, these items are acceptable in checked luggage. For absolute certainty, consult the TSA requirements for updates before packing.

Some items that the TSA prohibits in carry-on luggage it permits within checked luggage, making it possible for travelers to bring them along during air travel. For example, you can pack your golf clubs on your next golfing holiday, provided you stow them in a checked bag. However, there are also certain items you cannot pack in either type of luggage. Flammable, explosive or dangerous substances, including liquid bleach, lighter fluid and fireworks, are all prohibited in luggage to go anywhere on an aircraft. A common lighter is permissible in carry-on luggage but prohibited in checked bags.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):

Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.

We understand passengers occasionally arrive at the airport without an ID, because of losing it or inadvertently leaving it at home. If this happens to you, it does not necessarily mean you won't be allowed to fly. If you are willing to provide additional information, we have other ways to confirm your identity, like using publicly available databases, so you can reach your flight.

If we clear you through this process, we may give you additional screening. If we can’t verify your identity, you may not be allowed to enter the screening checkpoint or to board a plane.

Acceptable IDs for screening purposes include:

  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) for the sole purpose of identification
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential 

Note: a weapon permit is not an acceptable form of identification.

Arrive on time. Ask your airline what time you should arrive for your flight – arrival time recommendations vary by airline and day of travel. Remember to leave enough time to check your bags and go through security.

Wear slip-on shoes. This way you can remove and replace your shoes quickly without sitting down.

Pets. Please remove your pet from its carrying case. Send the case through the X-ray machine. Hold your pet in your arms and carry it through the metal detector.

Children. Please take infants and children out of baby carriers and strollers and take them through the metal detector. Strollers and baby carriers go through the X-ray machine with your carry-on bags. If possible, collapse the stroller before you reach the metal detector.

Think before you speak. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats is not tolerated. This kind of behavior will delay you and may cause you to miss your flight. If necessary, TSA officers may call local law enforcement.

You are allowed to bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces or less per container. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables TSA officers to screen them quickly.

3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.

Be prepared. Each time a TSA officer stops to physically screen a carry-on bag, it slows down the line. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule will facilitate the checkpoint experience.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. TSA officers may need to open them for additional screening.

If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in checked baggage.

Inbound international flights

You may now carry liquids more than 100 mL in your carry-on bag if:

  • You are traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight;
  • they are in transparent containers;
  • you bought them at a duty-free shop, and
  • the store packed them in a secure, tamper-evident bag.

If your liquids are not in a secure, tamper-evident bag, you must pack them in your checked bag.

If the liquids alarm during screening, we will need to screen them further.