Tempe, Arizona (NAPSI) - You don’t have to take Santa’s sleigh to enjoy traveling this holiday season—or at any time—if you heed a few hints:

• Pack wisely: Put such essentials as phone chargers, important travel documents, music player, medications and snacks in your carry-on bag.

• Maximize membership rewards: Using something like American Express Membership Rewards points can offset travel costs for a portion or all of a flight, prepaid hotel, rental car, cruise or vacation booking. In addition, unlike many rewards programs, there are no blackout dates.

•Holidayhelpers: Higher airfare prices and hotel rates are two of the biggest frustrations of holiday travel, but travel agents can provide a level of expertise, service and knowledge of the industry that can help.

• Take advantage of card benefits: Platinum Card members have access to more than 600 airport lounges worldwide and an annual $200 airline credit that can be applied toward baggage fees, in-flight food and entertainment, and more.

• Learn more at www.americanexpress.com and 800-528-4800.