Expert Tips for Instant Travel Planning: Dealing with Flight Delays – Katie Couric Media | Gmx Pharm

Carla Thorson explains how to avoid the latest logistical disasters.

As you probably know, summer trips were eventful this year… to put it mildly. Thanks to a glaring shortage of pilots combined with a rising demand for flights, travelers have to deal with cancellations, delays and even a spate of lost luggage. The news has been inundated with transit horror stories that have put a real damper on all of our vacation plans.

As bleak as the situation may seem, we are not prepared to cancel our much-needed holiday. Many of us haven’t had the opportunity to travel in two years, and we’re itching to leave the home, the state, or even the country. Luckily, Katie’s Travel Advisor, Carla Thorson, has some pertinent advice for managing your plans during these trying times. Thorson reminds us that many of the headache-causing problems are unfortunately inevitable – but a finely tuned plan of action is key.

What times of day are best for flying?

If you haven’t booked your flight yet, you still have the option to strategize. Thorson says if you want to avoid delays, early morning flights are your best bet because “there’s no chance of the plane being delayed from another destination.” Yes, a 4am alarm and a drive to the airport before sunrise is certainly never fun, but neither is being late.

Thorson also says you may need to reprioritize which day you want to fly. She recommends opting for a midweek trip if you want to travel more efficiently, and “definitely stay away from weekend flights.” Arriving at your destination on a Wednesday may not be practical, but it can save you a lot of time and hassle.

How should you proceed in the event of a flight cancellation?

Thorson acknowledges that flight cancellations are all too common these days: “Unfortunately, flight cancellations are part of travel these days.” It’s not the best news, but the reality is that even the most prepared traveler can experience an unexpected detour – Thorson reminds us that some things are just beyond our control.

She recommends outsourcing whenever possible. A travel agency knows what to do in an emergency: after all, air travel is its profession. Organizing your own travel may be tempting, but according to Thorson, “travel agents are immediately notified of flight cancellations and can rebook the passenger on a new flight. They can give you more information than you might get at the airport.”

Of course, for the majority of Americans, that trip was a waste, and the current economic climate doesn’t allow for the added expense of a travel consultant. For those of us in the Boot stresses to Thorson the importance of investing in travel insurance. The additional costs may seem annoying, but they cover cancellations and lost luggage.

Which travel destinations should you avoid?

If you’re yet to decide on a travel destination, you have time to make a wise decision. She recommends planning a domestic vacation or choosing a shorter international trip: A direct flight reduces the likelihood of annoying delays and cancellations that can lead to missed connections, a common problem these days. “Selecting destinations where you can book a non-stop flight is a big help.” Your ideal might be a summer in Italy or a few weeks in Paris – but those destinations might be a bigger gamble than you think. Aside from all the risks that come with not flying direct, “international holiday destinations are very crowded right now because the Covid restrictions aren’t as strict,” says Thorson. Keep in mind that this means busier flights, as well as the added concern of health risks associated with large crowds (after all, who wants to catch Covid on holiday?).

Of course, we realize that life is short: you can’t let the possibility of air travel drama dictate important decisions and memories. If you got to Take your dream European vacation this summer, just realize this is not the time to go with the flow. Thorson advises over-planning everything on your itinerary: “When you decide on a popular destination, book everything before you go: tours, transfers, dinner reservations, spa appointments, and — of course — the hotel.” Leave it up nothing to chance.

Remember to pack wisely

Nobody’s excited about flying right now, so make it easier for yourself and your fellow travelers: triple-check beforehand that you’ve got everything you need. Thorson advocates a good old-fashioned checklist. While it may seem obvious, write down reminders to efficiently pack your vaccination card, ID card, passport and some cash.

If you can avoid checking in your luggage, avoid it too lost Baggage, which is currently common at airports. Finally, Thorson reminds us to be patient: “There’s always a little drama when you travel.”

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