The omicron variant and bad weather caused a massive spike in flight delays and cancellations.
Even though the holidays are over, travel experts say they don't expect things to get better any time soon. Here are a few tips to keep in your back pocket the next time you are getting ready to fly:
- Alerts: Sign up for text and email alerts from the airline. Status alerts are free. Then you'll get delay or cancellation notifications while you’re still in the comforts of your own home or at your hotel. If something does happen, you can hop onto the airline's app or online to start the rebooking process.
- Position: Already at the airport? Travel experts say to position yourself near an agent desk or self-serve kiosk. If you're at the airport – experts say – position yourself near an agent desk or self-serve kiosk. That way, if your flight is severely delayed or canceled and you need to rebook, you can be the first one to hop in line. After all, seats on flights are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Call: Airline helplines often have long waits. Many travel experts say to try calling an international call center for the airline you're flying with. You might be able to be transferred to an agent at a quicker rate and they’ll be able to help you out in the same way.
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