A Few for the Road (and Air): Holiday Travel Tips
Worried about upcoming holiday travel plans? We have some tips to help ease your mind.
Air travel can be dicey when the weather outside is frightful, so heed these tips from Fare Compare CEO Rick Seaney if you think you might be affected by bad weather:
* Before heading to the airport, check your flight status on the airline's or airport's Web site. For flights in or out of Dulles or DCA, look for schedule updates here.
* Also, make sure you have your airline's phone number on hand - programmed in your cell phone, or written down somewhere handy with a stash of change for pay phones - so you can call the airline the minute your pkans change.
* If you're already at the airport, you'll usually have better luck making alternative arrangements through the gate agent rather than the ticket agent, so head to the gate pronto.
* Anytime you're stuck waiting in line, maximize your chances of reaching someone by getting on the phone with the airline, too.
* If bad weather is going to cause you to get to the airport late and miss your flight, call the airline immediately to get put on the stand-by list. Ditto if you know you're going to miss your connecting flight.
Gadling's Tim Johansmeyer posted a cranky plea to all air travelers with tips on how to make holiday travel more pleasant for everyone else. His tips on speeding up the security line are helpful.
Tripso's Jason Barger offers a 12-step plan for reducing holiday travel stress, like this tip: "Help someone on your airplane load their carry-on into the overhead storage bin."
Happy travels, everyone!
By Christina Talcott |
December 23, 2008; 7:07 AM ET
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