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It should come as no surprise to anyone traveling this week that it’s going to be a bit rough. Extreme weather, wind, snow, rain, and even tornados are hitting various parts of the US. Here are five tips to get you over the river and through the woods, or across the country:
5. Look at Nearby Airports
When all else fails, see if you can fly into a nearby airport. Maybe that’s Newark Liberty (EWR) instead of New York LaGuardia (LGA). Look for creative solutions to get you to your destination or as close as possible.
4. Travel Early
It’s a good idea to travel a day or more early in case of delays or cancellations. If your travel is flexible, use that flexibility to take a flight earlier in the day as later flights tend to get cancelled more frequently.
3. Use That Point Stash
Last-minute tickets can get exorbitantly expensive. If you find that your flight is cancelled and you can’t get on to another flight quickly, look at other airlines. Transferrable points like Membership Rewards® or Ultimate Rewards® become especially valuable when you can use them to book a last-minute ticket that would cost a ton if bought with cash.
2. Be Kind and Patient
This one is not always easy, but the gate agents, flight attendants, pilots, and other airport employees didn’t cause your delay. Remember, they are likely just as stressed having to deal with upset passengers. It’s the holidays, a little cheer goes a long way.
1. Use the App
The airline’s have all developed apps that provide excellent self service in the event of delays, cancellations, or other issues. You can track your flight, change seats, change flights, and stay on top of your travel plans. The apps are often updated faster than the gate agents even get information.
Anthony’s Take: The weather is going to wreak havoc with holiday travel over the next few days. Arrive early, be patient, and look for alternate travel plans as needed. Happy Holidays!
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