Bad Weather Travel Tips
Last week brought snow and with it, travel headaches, to much of the Midwest and Northeast. According to USA Today, the Midwest will likely face another round of ice and rain Tuesday and Wednesday — two of the busiest travel days of the year.
What can you do to make sure you get home for Christmas? There are no guarantees, but following are a a few easy steps increase your chances. Or, click here to watch me talk about these tips on WPIX TV in New York City.
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Check your carrier’s website to see if they have a flexible policy related to the weather. The policies typically waive fees for changes to travel dates as long as the origination and destination cities are the same. See if you can adjust your travel to get out of town ahead of the storm.
If the bad weather is affecting a city you are traveling through on a connecting flight, contact your online travel agency or airline to see if there is an alternate flight you can take. Remember, you’ll have to travel to the same city to avoid any change fees.
If you are a Travelocity customer, click here for a list of policies by airline. Contact Customer Support for assistance in changing your reservation.
If your flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a full refund. You may want to exercise this option if driving or the train is a possible way to get to your destination.
Remember to plan for delays. Bring food, water (purchased post-security), a fully charged cell phone, any medications you need and the contact information of your travel provider. If it looks like you may have to spend the night in the airport, first secure yourself a room at the airport hotel (they fill up fast) and then deal with your flight as that may take some time.
My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.
Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.
Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.