It’s a new year, time to start a gratitude journal and hit the gym, yes, but also time to ensure you get lounge access, free miles and the best possible outcome should your flight be canceled. In 2013 travelers bemoaned being barred from planes, stranded in faraway cities and confused about what’s allowed on board. Resolve to not make the same mistakes in 2014 and prepare — not just for delays but also spur-of-the-moment getaways — with this five-step travel checklist.
1. HAS YOUR PASSPORT EXPIRED?