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How to Avoid Holiday Travel Headaches
Issue #41-23 features a look at how to avoid holiday travel headaches with five tips to help make your trip as smooth as possible
How to Avoid Holiday Travel Headaches
The holiday travel season is coming up and if you plan on flying anywhere and braving the skies between now and the end of the year, you’ll need a game plan to avoid (the sometimes inevitable) headaches.
I’m sure we’ll start seeing the news reports soon enough of how holiday travel will be busy this year and see all of the delayed travelers, complaints and cancellations. While some of these issues can be hard to avoid and out of your control, the below tips can help with planning and provide some relief if you do encounter delays.
Five Travel Tips for Less Stressful Holiday Travel
Here are some tips to make help your trip as smooth as possible this holiday travel season:
Make sure you have the airlines app downloaded and ready to use
In case of delays or cancellations, having the airline's app on your phone can be a lifesaver. It allows you to rebook swiftly, avoiding long lines at customer service desks or help lines.
Fly direct/non-stop when possible, especially during potential bad weather/storms during the holidays
I always prefer flying non-stop to avoid potential delays, missed connections and probability of lost luggage. Connecting flights increase the risk of complications, particularly if the first leg encounters a delay.
Early morning flights
Try to take early morning flights, if at all possible, to reduce the chances of being caught in cascading delays and cancellations.
Plan ahead & leave a day or two early
If you have anything scheduled at your destination you can’t afford to miss or are embarking on a cruise, build in at least a day of buffer time in case flights are canceled or delayed.
Buy Travel Insurance and/or Use the right Credit Card when booking
Most premium credit cards provide a level of protection and benefits for delays, cancellations, lost luggage, etc, but another good way to get more peace of mind and comprehensive coverage is with a travel insurance policy.
I personally purchase a yearly family travel insurance plan that covers all of our trips, in addition to using the right premium credit card for added benefits.
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