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Sky Harbor offers July 4th travel tips

The busy summer travel season continues, and July 4 will see about a 15 percent increase in passenger traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The busiest travel days will be Wednesday and Thursday before the holiday and Sunday, July 5.

America’s Friendliest Airport® is offering the following travel tips:

Convenient Parking at a Discount – Avoid the summer heat by booking and prepaying for your parking in advance through Prepaid Discount Parking. Visit skyharbor.com/prepaidparking to access our easy, online reservation system where you can select discounted parking in the Terminal 2, Terminal 3 or Terminal 4 garages. Then, take a ticket when entering the garage and present that ticket and the prepaid parking confirmation (printed or on a smartphone) to the cashier upon exit.

Remove Prohibited Items from Your Bags – Look through your purse or carry-on bag before you come to the Airport.  A forgotten weapon can cause you delays, hassles, and even fines. Make your travel experience hassle-free:  double check your bag BEFORE you come to the airport. Visit tsa.gov for information about what can be placed in your carry-on.  And, remember, fireworks are prohibited.

Early Bag Check Lightens the Load – This handy service allows travelers flying American/US Airways, Southwest or United to check their bags before arriving and the terminals. Avoid the ticket counter lines and use Early Bag Check at East Economy Parking, the 44th Street PHX Sky Train® Station or at the Rental Car Center.  The service is free, though airline bag fees apply. For hours of operation and more information, visit skyharbor.com/earlybagcheck

Construction at Terminal 3 – As a reminder, Spirit and Sun Country Airlines relocated earlier this spring to Terminal 2 due to the Terminal 3 modernization project. Additionally, the south inner lanes of Terminal 3 are closed. This impacts drivers entering Sky Harbor from the East. Drivers can still use the south outer lanes for pick-up and drop-off, but should watch for detour signs, proceed with caution, and give themselves extra time.

Additional important travel tips:

  • •Give yourself extra time.  Arrive at the Airport two hours before your flight departs, especially if you are parking in economy areas or checking bags.
  • Looking for a handy pick-up and drop-off spot?  Utilize the 44th Street and Washington PHX Sky Train® station. This convenient option allows you to avoid the busy terminal curbs. Wait for your party free of charge at the Cell Phone Waiting Lot or use a four-hour parking meter to ride the train in to meet your party. It’s only a five minute ride to Terminal 4 and a seven minute ride to Terminal 3. To access the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station from the 202 Red Mountain Freeway, exit at 44th Street and head south. The PHX Sky Train Station is on the southwest corner of 44th Street and Washington.
  • Visit skyharbor.com/FindASpot for updated information on parking availability or call our 24-hour parking hotline at 602-273-4545.
  • If you are traveling with children, we have a variety of amenities including Family Friendly Parking and Kid’s Menus in many restaurants. Visit skyharbor.com for details.
  • And, if you have extra time, pick up a gift for yourself at one of our unique shops or check out an art exhibition as part of our Airport Museum Program.  “Creature Feature” is a new exhibition in the Terminal 4 Gallery.
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Frequent Flier Miles Can Help Grant Nearly 100 Wishes This Summer

The lazy days of summer may have begun for some of us, but Make-A-Wish Arizona is gearing up for one of the busiest wish granting summers on record…and your frequent flier miles can help!

Nearly 100 Arizona children battling life-threatening medical conditions will have their one true wish granted before the new school year begins, and the majority of these wishes require air travel. Some of those trips include a wish to meet the Pope, a wish to meet President Barack Obama, and a wish to see the turtles in the Galapagos Islands.

Donating frequent flier miles through the foundation’s Wishes in Flight program is easy – and the miles never expire once they’ve been donated.

“We are asking travelers to donate airline miles which we will use to help grant wishes of children who need to travel to reach their wish destinations,” said Elizabeth Reich, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “When you donate airline miles you free up other resources that can be used to grant wishes. An added benefit is that most airlines also waive baggage fees when miles are donated. Baggage fees add significant costs to wishes. ”

Many major airlines based in the United States allow members of their frequent flier programs to donate airline miles to Make-A-Wish Arizona If you have frequent flier miles with Delta, US Airways, Continental, or United, you hold the ticket to a child’s wishSM.

Every traveler can be part of a life-affirming wish. All it takes is a simple airline miles donation.

To donate frequent flier miles to Make-A-Wish Arizona, visit www.wishaz.org and click on Ways to Help or call 602-343-9437 to donate over the phone. If don’t have miles to donate but you’d still like to support the foundation, you can make a monetary donation by visiting www.wishaz.org