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Secret Tips On How To Avoid Travel Delays



September 14th, 2013 by in General with 230 Views

Travelling passengers maybe caught up in a bout of snowstorms, when the weather disrupts the system, passengers are basically on their own. A passenger will find it hard just getting someone on the phone to confirm a new flight as he/she has been stranded for days. And when finally the flight is rebooked, it will be several days later. You may find you are unable to afford any more time away from work, leading you to spend extra money to rent other means of transport to your work destination. It is understandable that weather has the power to negatively impact travel plans, but it can be preventable to avoid further damage to your travel plans.

Flight delays and cancellations are unavoidable during bad weather, but some of the related service issues are not. That is why it is important to know what you can and cannot expect from the airlines, so they can act quickly to avoid further damage to your travel plans.

A flight information board showing cancellation of flights

Be persistent and use everything at your disposal, from social media to the fine print in ticket rules, this helps to avoid further damage to your travel plans.

Be on the lookout with Twitter

It is understandable that problems like bad weather, air traffic delays and mechanical issues are hard to predict and often beyond the airlines’ control, most carrier notify passengers, at least those who’ve signed up for flight alerts by social media such as Twitter, email, text message or phone call. These alerts, especially from Twitter, can put you ahead of the pack. Twitter has increasingly become the media through which most airlines notify passengers of major flight cancellations. Airlines also use Twitter in rebooking of flights. Customers who reach out to airlines via Twitter may get a quicker response that they would by phone or other means of communication because of the viral nature of Twitter; passengers habitually re-tweeting one another’s posts.

Read the fine print

Requirements for the Department of Transportation doesn’t include compensation for damages when flights are delayed or cancelled, according to the Aviation Consumer Protection Division.  Instead, every airline spells out how it handles cancelled flights in a “contract of carriage”. This information can be found on the airline’s web site. Have a copy of this before you head the airport, so that when issues arise, you will have the information for reference.

Avoid getting bumped

Last passengers checking in for a flight are often the ones likely to miss a flight when the flight is oversold. So, make sure to check in before you head to the airport. Airlines allow passengers to check in online, as much as 24 hours in advance. If you do get bumped, ask for refund, specifically cash, not a voucher. If you are involuntarily bumped and rebooked on another flight within two hours after your original domestic flight, or within four hours for international flights, you are entitled to $400 in cash. This is according to the Department of Transportation regulations. If you are not rerouted within the two hours specified, you are eligible for up to $800.

 

  • Jessica

    I didn’t realize they give you that much for being bumped. I think I got $260 when I was bumped for an overnight

  • misty

    I use Twitter to complain about airlines and companies, too… you’d be amazed what a company will do to avoid ANY BAD PRESS. Work it!

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Very informative article with some effective tips. Travel delay may increase your travel cost also. Hope this post may help us to save some money during traveling.

  • Sakil Hossen

    Thanks for the handy tips. Next month I’ll travel to Thailand to celebrate Christmas and New Year with my friends and if suddenly appears any travel delays, hopefully these tips will work for me.