1. Find out about policies
Airlines and hotels are very competitive. Those who boast unbeatable rates for their flights and their rooms often apply more restrictive policies and hidden fees.
Check out their website and do not hesitate to call for details on refund policies, “exclusion” dates and checked baggage services.
2. Read reviews before booking
Comment sites are valuable assessment tools for travelers.
Several reputable websites will guide you through their online databases designed to examine different tourist destinations.
Once online, check out the recurring themes to judge the authenticity of the comments.
3. Check if your flight is on time before leaving home
Never go to the airport without checking whether the flight could be delayed.
At the time of booking, ask for a contact number directly, which will allow you to speak to an airline representative about the status of departures and arrivals. Although all airlines are committed to informing customers of flight changes, they rarely do so.
Some of the longest delays are due to maintenance checks, crew rest and weather conditions.
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4. Familiarize yourself with the jargon
Before traveling, take part in travel forums to learn the jargon of the airline industry and the hotel industry, which is often valuable. You will understand exactly what the representatives of the airlines mean when they say that “weight and balance” are the reason why your family could not board while there were enough seats on the board.
5. Provide extra clothes in your carry-on baggage
Apply Murphy’s Law every time you save bags on a flight.
Travel with hand luggage containing extra luggage and important items.
As airlines are known for their rerouting, or they risk losing your luggage anyway, use your hand baggage allowance wisely or invest in the luggage insurance of the airline.
6. Plan for cancellations and delays
Some airlines have a partnership system that allows you to travel with other operators if your flight is delayed indefinitely or canceled. However, not all passengers can claim this privilege.
As a precautionary measure, learn about alternative solutions you can rely on in the event of unexpected changes in your travel plans.
Keep a list of options to act, including access to airline meal vouchers, free hotel rooms or a possible airline reimbursement.