Holiday season means taking time off from your regular routine, relaxing and spending time with our loved ones.However the huge volume of holiday traffic is always forgotten by us! Holiday air travel is a different affair altogether with delayed flights, overbooked planes, which frequently makes your plan go astray. Sometimes things like natural calamities, acts of God, disturbed weather also delay you by a few hours.
Here are some Beneficial Tips for When Airlines Mess up Your Travel Plans.
If you’ve all the information and your next flight or hotel for the night are in place, there’s nothing you can do except wait. Enjoy these few hours of solace. If you’re traveling alone then enjoy the feeling that you have a few hours with no responsibilities other than entertaining yourself. Go see a local site, or check into your hotel and relax or go out eat some good food.
2. Call those who are depending on you the next day
If your plans are postponed for coming home than heading out, call your boss, roommate, or your family etc. Even if your flight is only delayed 2-3 hours, you may not get a good sleep so, it would not be possible for you to go to work next day with full strength.
3. You must know what to do if you lose your passport.
A lost passport isn’t the fault of the airline, but you should always know what to do if you lose your passport. First, contact the local police to let them know of the loss, then your embassy. You’ll have to show up to your embassy in person to apply for an emergency passport to get home. To get an emergency passport, you will need to show some ID proofs. Carry all the required documents with you for safety and keep them SEPARATE from your passport when traveling.
4. Charge your Phone
If all of a sudden your travel plans get changed, then, find a phone charging station or a coffee shop with a free plug before your cell gets almost dead. Many airports even have charging stations now.
5. Call and re-confirm your car rental
If you’re flying into a busy airport, call and re-confirm your rental once you know when exactly you’ll be getting in. Sometimes airlines and hotels, car rental services overbook, assuming that people might not show up, so if you are late, you may be out of a ride. Call and confirm or read the policy sensibly when you make your reservation.
6. Check out loungebuddy.com
If you’re stuck in an airport for three to four hours, not really long enough to leave or get a hotel room, check out loungebuddy.com to see if you can get entry to a lounge in the airport you’re in, and apps like Gate Guru to let you know what other conveniences are available at your airport.
7. Rent a Car
Renting a car is also a good option Depending on how far you have to go, and how bad the delay is. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but every once in a while, there’s nothing else but to drive.
8. Consider buying trip cancellation or interruption insurance when you book your flight.
Remember that in many cases, airlines aren’t officially required to reimburse you lest they specifically overbook and remove you from a flight. Depending on the insurance you buy it may cover anything from hotel room and food compensation to the full cost of the ticket if the airline can’t get their stuff together, to medical expenses.
9. A note about flight attendants
Many flight attendants are only paid when the cabin doors are closed. So as much as you’re irritated with waiting, they’re irritated, wearing polyester, waiting, and most likely not getting paid.
10. You get what you pay for
If you’re flying the cheapest airline possible on a deep discount super coupon code, at the busiest time of year. There are more chances of getting late or miss connections. Though there’s nothing wrong with cheap airline tickets, but if you’re going the cheapest way possible, be prepared to be flexible.