If your summer travel plans include flying somewhere, you want to do anything you can to make sure it goes smoothly. Sometimes travel snafus are out of your control, but travel professionals know what you CAN do to help your trip go as planned. These are the hacks and tips they say you should know.
- “Definitely book ahead,” recommends Tashieka Brewer, a travel coach at Pink Girls Run the World. That includes flights, as well as booking an itinerary that gives you flexibility if something does go wrong.
- “Minimize connections or avoid short connections,” advises Christopher Cave, CEO of FlightHub Group. He also says it’s a good idea to avoid smaller airports or airlines, so you have more options to rebook a flight if you need to.
- If you’re going anywhere that’s even remotely popular with tourists, organize your entertainment in advance. “If it’s Versailles in France or the Statue of Liberty, check out some time-saving tools like fast-track tickets,” Brewer suggests.
- If something does go wrong with your flights, the Department of Transportation’s traveler dashboard can help you understand the delay and cancellation compensation policies of major U.S. airlines.
- To find out about any changes or disruptions as soon as possible, Cave recommends signing up for notifications from your airline.
- Both of these travel experts also agree travel insurance is something most people should consider. There are a lot of different options, so do your research to find out which is best for your trip.
Source: USA Today