To say that flying these days can be complicated is probably an understatement (perhaps even an understatement this year).
When you think about delayed or canceled flights, mishandled baggage, and shortened flight schedules, it’s a recipe for disaster.with labor day holiday A rapid approach can increase the likelihood of large crowds and escalating problems. So how do you avoid a total airport meltdown? Here are 10 tips!
1 – Don’t miss this useful online tool
The U.S. Department of Transportation New airline customer service dashboard Let us help you with some of your flight needs. Thanks to this new dashboard, information about services provided by airlines to “reduce inconvenience to passengers” in the event of cancellations or delays under the airline’s control (all in one place). You can see.
In other words, This service helps us to know if the airline has committed to provide a certain form of compensation in the event of a delay or cancellation under the airline’s control.
A green check means that we have committed to provide that service, and a red x means that we have not committed to provide that service or may only provide it in certain circumstances. To do.
Please note that this does not apply to all delays or cancellations, but to those under the airline’s control such as: “Maintenance or crew issues. Cabin cleaning; loading; and refueling.”
This website also includes links to each airline’s customer service plans, so you can learn more about each airline’s policies.
Please check the policies of each airline you are traveling with before departure. You can also bookmark the DOT Dashboard website so that you can return to it later if necessary.
2 — Pick an early flight
If you want to maximize your chances of reaching your destination on time, Consider flying as early as possible. Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Airlines — a travel advice site, told WDSU News:The weather tends to be better in the morning than in the afternoon…but also No risk of canceling the domino effect“
That 6am flight you wanted to avoid? It may be better to book soon.
3 — Download airline apps (and other helpful apps)
Another pro tip is to Download the app for the airline you fly with. Each airline usually has its own app and these are very helpful.
The app can show where the plane is coming from, whether it is delayed, when it will board, and more. If your flight is canceled or delayed, some apps can help you Instantly rebook trips from the app — No need to visit the customer service desk or answer the phone. This saves valuable time and keeps things running smoothly.
But that may not be the only app you want to download. WDSU News also FlightAware App That might be another thing to check out too, as it helps travelers stay informed about flight changes.
4 — Use TSA pre-checks when possible
Already obtained or available TSA pre-check Before your next flight, it also helps speed things up.With TSA Pre-Check, you don’t have to take off your shoes, your belt, your 3-1-1 liquids, your laptop, or even your light jacket. lose. Helps expedite the screening process. In fact, in July 2022, 95% of TSA precheck passengers waited less than 5 minutes.
To apply, you can apply online, make an appointment at an enrollment center, and complete the process from there. TSA precheck application fee $85 for 5 years.
While some applications can take up to 60 days to process, most applicants actually receive approval notices within 3-5 days. Sign up for another security service that can help speed things up), it might be worth considering.
Click here to see how Orlando International Airport made it easier to skip lines with TSA Prechecks
5 — Choose a direct flight
This may sound obvious, but If you don’t have a connection on your flight, you should consider a direct flight, as it will (potentially) reduce delays and get you to your destination. If your direct flight is delayed, don’t worry about missing your connecting flight to finally reach your destination.
While not always possible or financially feasible, it is something to consider when considering flight options. And if the cost difference isn’t astronomical, spending more on that direct flight may be worth it for peace of mind in the end.
6 — DO NOT CHECK YOUR BAGGAGE
Again, this is probably a no-brainer, but a tip to be taken really seriously. If you want to move smoothly, especially during the busy season, let’s keep carry-on baggage in mind. When your flight is eventually delayed or canceled and you need to rebook or make a quick change to get where you need to be, it’s much easier to do what you need to do without having your bag stuck in your belly. It’s going to be easy. Airplane.
Speaking from experience, if you need to make a last minute change due to a flight delay, the airline may not be able to offload your luggage from an already loaded plane. You may have to go a certain way while you are in This is not ideal.
This may not be a concern if you’re heading to a place where you don’t need the things in your bag. There is a possibility that
So stick to your carry-on, or at least make sure your absolutely essentials (including all important documents) are in your carry-on!
Click here for information on what to do if your baggage is damaged by the airline
7 — Know Your Refund Rights
We have already discussed what an airline may do in the event of a delay or cancellation that is under the airline’s control (such as rebooking with another airline at no additional charge). According to “These commitments are refundable.”
“If an airline cancels a passenger’s flight or makes significant changes to the flight, for whatever reason, the Department of Transport said: Airlines must offer expedited refunds to passengers who have purchased tickets, including non-refundable tickets, if the passenger chooses not to accept the alternative offered. Such as rebooking on a different flight. “
You can read all about your right to a refund and when it comes into effect by visiting the Department of Transportation website. The key here is to know what you are entitled to. That way, if things go wrong, you won’t get less than what you receive.
8 — Give yourself enough time
Another big thing you can do to make travel less stressful is giving. Give yourself enough time (that is, more time than you think you need) to get where you need to be.
Avoid reserving connections that are too close together. If you only have 10 minutes to travel from Terminal A to Terminal D and your first flight is delayed, your connection may fail. See if you can allow extra time between flights to account for potential delays.
Another thing you might want to consider is What day/hour are you flyingIf you’re flying into town for a particular event, such as a wedding, make sure you fly in at least a day before the big event. If you depart on the day of the event and your flight is delayed, you will be in big trouble. Also, don’t plan on making dinner reservations 30 minutes after you get off your flight. Give yourself enough time to get where you need to be.
And finally, TSA pre-check or not, Remember to give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport, go through security, and reach your gate. Don’t rush through the airport to get there at the last minute (ideally with plenty of time), although arriving hours early may not be ideal. , you can avoid big problems in the long run.
About 764,600 (!!) travelers are expected to visit the Orlando International Airport alone on Labor Day.
heads up!of #labor day The travel season is here and about 764,600 travelers are expected to pass through the airport. Busiest days are:
1⃣ 9/02 – 140,600
2⃣ 9/01 – 132,600
3⃣ 9/04 – 129,200
4⃣ 9/03 – 128,000
5⃣ 9/05 – 119,400
6⃣ 9/06 – 114,800
Have a safe trip! ✈️ pic.twitter.com/NziF1UshQb
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 31, 2022
9 — Get notified
We have covered a lot of information about airlines to help you make a more informed decision when choosing an airline. For example, you can: Click here for the worst airlines by traveler complaints.
you can also Click here to see the US airlines with the most travel delays and cancellations.
I wonder which airline is more likely Lost or damaged luggage? You can check it by clicking here.
If you can only choose one airline to get from point A to point B, you can’t change your plans based on this information. But knowing the pros (and cons) of these airlines can help you better prepare for what’s to come.
10 — Prepare for the worst, hope for the best
Finally, one thing you can do to prepare for Labor Day and other busy travel times is to prepare for the worst (but hope for the best).
When booking your flight, See if there is another flight available to your destination for the day Just in case the original path is subject to delays or cancellations. Having a backup plan makes things really easy if everything goes wrong.
You can also buy something like apple air tag It helps you track your package in case it gets lost.
The key here is to be prepared. You can’t be prepared for every potential situation, but being prepared for some will help things go smoothly.
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