Tips and Tricks for Air Travelers in Bad Winter Weather


You love to make a trip or are required to do so for work or school, so staying home during the winter months just isn’t practical. To help minimize your frustrations when the next storm hits, these are some top sanity-saving tips and tactics to help you prepare for the next winter trip:

Book your flights wisely

Choose an early morning flight to get a little extra sleep. Or choose the airline with the most flights from and to your destination if other airports are way less, or if your flight is cancelled or delayed. This will increase your rebooking options if a storm hits.

Check the weather

If you can manage to stay ahead of the major weather system, you can start to get your contingency plans in a place before everybody else beats you to it. Weather forecasting is reliable and storms can be anticipated at least 48 – 72 hours ahead of time. Moreover, social media channels have become a go-to source for the latest weather updates.

Understand the domino effect

Don’t forget that even though the weather in your destination and your departure city is 80 degrees and sunny, but your connecting city may be two-feet snowed. Call your airline as soon as you know the potential for bad weather to see if you’re connecting flight can be rerouted to a different city, for example. This maybe complicated a bit, but at least you won’t be sleeping at the airport.

Make your hotel reservations early

Book a hotel room in advance to prepare for unplanned layovers, since many hotels don’t charge the credit card until the owner has checked in at the front desk. Make sure to check the cancellation policy before you book.

Give your contact information

Give your preferred contact number and email address to your travel agency or airline. Many airlines will notify you when there’s flight delays and cancellations, as well as changes in travel policies.

Know your rights ahead of time

Make sure to read the fine print before you book, because if you’re flying domestically and experience problems out of the airline’s control, your lawful options are pretty limited. While international travelers can rest a little easier, if your flight made in Europe and is delayed at least three hours or canceled, you’re entitled to “assistance when necessary”, that could include a hotel and meals while you are waiting for an alternate flight.