Cancelled and overbooked flights can put a damper on your getaway. Cope with annoying air travel and focus on your destination.
Step 1: Research Find the best airfare by researching online and comparing prices. Paying less makes any experience more bearable. Schedule nonstop flights when possible.
TIP: Use your miles to upgrade to first class.
Step 2: Mark luggage Mark your checked luggage with a unique marker or a bright ribbon on the handle to easily find your luggage at baggage claim. You won't spend half of your trip waiting at the luggage carousel.
Step 3: Pack smart Pack smart. Bring water, snacks, reading materials, music, and games to fill your time. Any distraction will be a welcome one.
TIP: When traveling with kids, pack some of their favorite toys.
Step 4: Arrive early Expect that things will not run smoothly and arrive early. Allow plenty of time for traffic, check-in, long lines, security check points, and overbookings.
Step 5: Check in Check in and select your seat. Have your ID ready.
Step 6: Stay calm Stay calm if your plane is wracked with turbulance. Have a plan in case your flight is delayed or cancelled.
Step 7: Accept compensation Accept any compensation offered by the airline for overbooked flights and start thinking of your next adventure.
FACT: A modern Boeing airplane with 70 percent seat occupancy is more fuel-efficient than a new automobile carrying two people.