Flight Blog

Dec 23 2019 Denver Travel Guide BY sgf-adminTAGS



Denver is just one of 12 non-stop destinations available through the Springfield-Branson Airport. 

At 5,280 feet above sea level, the Mile-High City actually has more sunny days than San Diego. It’s an exciting destination for indoor and outdoor enthusiasts. That’s not to say the weather is always moderate; just like the Ozarks, Denver temperatures can vary greatly. 

It’s a good idea to layer clothing to prepare for the difference higher altitudes can make. Normal activities might seem more strenuous, so take regular breaks throughout each activity. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen as well! Because of the elevation you’ll need it more than ever, especially if there’s snow. 


Adventure Options:

For some serious Colorado beauty, visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. It’s 15,000 acres of prairie, filled with buffalo and other wildlife, with ten miles of hiking trails. 

Denver has more than 40 family friendly museums

Video games and local brews your thing? Check out 1UP in LoDo for some old-school Super Mario and Dig Dug fun. 

Shoppers will love the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s ultimate destination for shopping, eating and people watching. The 1.25 long mall has a free trolley system so you can easily enjoy some of its 42 different dining options. 


Whether skiing, shopping, or relaxing by the fireplace in a lodge, Denver is a city of mile-high enchantment. Plan your trip today. You can fly non-stop between Springfield and Denver on United Airlines.

Dec 09 2019 Packing for Holiday Travel BY sgf-adminTAGS



Traveling for the holidays can be hectic, and the last thing you need to worry about is messy or incomplete packing. When getting your things ready to go through the Springfield-Branson National Airport, follow these simple tips to avoid unnecessary stress.



Plan Ahead

Some things are absolute necessities when traveling- a working cell phone, for instance. Be sure to bring an extra charger for your phone and any other necessary electronics. If you wear contacts, bring a back-up pair, as well as your glasses. And of course, if you take prescription medications, you’ll want to pack those mindfully. We suggest keeping them nearby in your carry-on or personal item. You can find TSA guidelines for packing medications here.

Pack Smart

Consider using packing cubes to condense and organize items. Large plastic freezer bags work, too. You can also unroll belts and run them around the inside border of your suitcase to save space and optimize space by stuffing socks or soft items into shoes- but you should be honest about how many pairs of shoes you’ll need. They can add significant weight. Be sure to pack for your destination’s climate, and theme clothes around 1-2 colors for more versatility and less volume. Finally, put liquids in a large plastic bag, packed last, for easy access during security screening.

On the Plane

If you can, wear multiple layers while traveling to free up space in bags. Most airlines allow one personal item (computer bag, purse, etc.) in addition to a carry-on. Multiple pockets and separate compartments in your personal item are invaluable. A neck pillow can also be a great investment, especially for long flights. It also helps to keep your travel documents in one easy-access location for reference— itinerary, hotel confirmations, car rental information, etc. 


Safe travels, whether you’re flying non-stop or connecting to one of the 12 cities served by airlines flying from the Springfield-Branson National Airport. 


Nov 25 2019 Tips for Traveling with a Large Group BY sgf-adminTAGS


Traveling with family and other sizeable groups can be daunting, but luckily, there are ways to reduce or even completely avoid stress!



Look Into Group Travel Options

If you’re traveling with 10 or more, explore group travel programs with your airline. Many offer group rates which may include special discounts, a group coordinator at the airport, priority check-in, and more. Available options and regulations will vary by airline. 

Book Early

Getting everyone on the same flight takes planning. Book early to increase your chances. Flexibility in seating options will also help. If you’re staying in a hotel, booking your rooms early is also advisable, as it will improve your odds of rooming close together and it could save you money.

Have A Plan

Create a document that puts all key information in one place for everyone: date of travel, designated meeting place and time, airline name(s) and flight number(s), departure and arrival time(s), rental car or transportation at destination, and cell phone numbers for everyone in your group.

Double check the information two days prior to travel. Use group texts or instant messages to communicate efficiently. Travel apps like Prava and Travefy can also be helpful. No matter the option, organization is key. 

Provide copies of your travel plan for everyone’s carryon in case anyone loses cell reception or drains their battery.

Pack Like A Pro

Well-packed luggage and carry-ons prevent all kinds of headaches! Research destination weather and pack accordingly so you’re not caught off-guard. Try rolling clothes tightly to maximize space and minimize wrinkles and leave room for souvenirs if you’re likely to bring some home. If traveling with kids, bring snacks and portable games that aren’t noisy, like playing cards, puzzle books, or computer games (if appropriate). A small container of wet wipes is also a good idea. 

And of course, make sure your baggage is TSA compliant (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all).


Plan ahead, communicate clearly and remember to relax and enjoy the flight!