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Taking a winter flight – Here’s what you need to know

 

People do make travel plans during winters but when it comes to flights you need to be prepared for the worst. Storms are quite common during this season and expect your plans to go awry because of flight cancellations and delays. While you cannot do anything about the inclement weather but you can certainly take precautions to save money spent on flight booking. Here’s what winter travelers need to know.

Prepare yourself

As said earlier, be prepared to face the worst situation ever. When your flight gets delayed or cancelled, don’t get angry or panic. Understand your rights. Airlines will either book you on another flight or refund the money. In the former option, it is important to know the terms and conditions. Ask the airport authority and clear your doubts. If you have an elite miles status, use it. In case the flight gets delayed, stay alert. In many cases, the delay is less than 20 minutes and if you are not at the gate you can miss the flight and ruin your entire holiday. Always keep some food and electronic devices with chargers. Keep some hotel numbers. These are handy when a storm hits.

Don’t book a flight without travel insurance

Whether you are flying a domestic or international flight, always buy a good travel insurance plan. It’s quite useful when your flight is cancelled. Consider this situation. You have booked a cruise some where and because of the delay you are sure to miss the cruise. If you have travel insurance, you will be reimbursed those expenses.

Seek guidance from an expert travel agent

You should have some contact numbers of experienced travel agents. They are very helpful when a disaster strikes. Stay in touch with them because you never know a travel agent might quickly come up with an answer to your problem. These agents have inside-information and help you book on next flights immediately thus causing less strain. Most of them also have information about seat availability in flights.

Sign up for alerts and notifications

Let’s say you have used http://www.flightnetwork.com/airlines/airtransat/ for booking a flight. Now, it’s important for you to sign up for alerts from Air Transat because if you get some prior information you can quickly alter your plans. Airlines keep sending notifications to inform travelers about flights including delays and cancellations. Don’t forget to check your inbox. You can even check an airline’s tweets.

Use travel applications for smart phones

Travel apps that provide real-time information on weather, airports and flight status are simply amazing. For instance, go for Flight Track Pro to get the status of your flight in real time. It does cost US $ 9.99 but is equally helpful especially to those who are frequent travelers. GateGuru is a remarkable app that lets you find restaurants, cafés and terminals within more than 100 airports worldwide.

Consider these tips when traveling during winters. After all, who would want to ruin his/her holiday plans?

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