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Tips & Advice for the Seasoned and Armchair Traveler Alike! 

Feb. 19, 2008 

You’ve got a job interview in another city at noon Friday, 
but your kid's got a Little League game Thursday evening.

No problem. Just book yourself on an early morning flight 
and, with a little rushing around, you should bet to the 
appointment on time. You always have in the past.

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Welcome to the new normal.  

With airlines stuffing more people into few seats on fewer 
flights, with flight staffs and ground crews stretched thin 
by layoffs and attrition, and with the world's weather 
patterns growing more unpredictable, flight schedules have 
become little more than optimistic guidelines. 

During the first half of this year, the nation's airlines 
experienced their worst delays in 13 years, and the number 
of cancelled flights rose by a staggering 80 percent, 
according to the federal Department of Transportation.

With a record 209 million passengers projected to pass 
through the nation's airports this summer, airlines are 
trying to keep airplanes as full as possible, giving them 
little room to maneuver when things go wrong. That 
increasingly leaves you, their customers, frantically 
rescheduling appointments and meetings from the airport 

So, as you prepare to face the rest of what's shaping up to 
be the most frustrating summer for air travel in a decade, 
here are some things to keep in mind:

* Airlines do not guarantee their schedules. 

Read the fine print. They'll try very hard to adhere to 
their published schedules because they are, after all, a 
business, and don’t want to lose customers. And keeping a 
schedule is a lot easier than rebooking dozens - if not 
hundreds - of frustrated and angry passengers.

* The starting gate keeps moving.

If your flight is delayed, you will naturally ask how late 
it will be so that you can evaluate your options. And 
whichever airline employee you speak with will naturally 
give you an answer.

keep in mind, however, that it is sometimes difficult for 
airlines to estimate the total duration of a delay. 
Especially during its early stages, and if it is caused by 
something that happened a couple of connecting flights away 
from the airport you're sitting in.

Weather that had been forecast to improve can instead 
deteriorate, or a mechanical problem can turn out to be more 
complex than initially expected.

That's when you get "creeping delays," projected takeoff 
times that keep getting moved an hour or more into the 
future just as you start to pull your carry-on stuff 
together to board.

What can you do about it? Not much, except adjust your 
expectations and take whatever the harried airline employee 
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* You're usually faster than the airline

If your flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook you on 
their next flight to your destination on which space is 
available, at no additional charge. 

If this involves a significant delay, don't just sit there 
and grumble. Find out if another carrier has seats and ask 
the first airline to endorse your ticket to that carrier. 

Finding extra seats may be difficult, especially over 
holidays and other peak travel times, but it's worth a shot. 
Chances are, whatever seat is open is going to go to someone 
from your delayed flight You want it to be you; not whoever 
the delayed airline deems should have it.

Make sure you do not have to pay a penalty or higher fare 
for changing your reservations.  If you manage to find a 
flight on another airline, ask the first airline to endorse 
your ticket to the new carrier. That could save you a fare 

There is, however, no rule requiring an airline to do this. 
If you are using an electronic ticket, you will probably 
have to get paper documentation issued before it can be 
endorsed to another carrier.

* Weather limits options

Keep in mind that, if the problem is with local weather or 
air traffic control, all flights from your airport will 
probably be late and there is not much you or the airline 
can do to speed up your departure. 

If the problem is a mechanical glitch with the plane for 
your particular flight or if the crew is delayed on an 
incoming flight, you're best bet is probably trying to 
arrange another flight. 

* You're on your own

Each airline has its own policies about what it will do for 
delayed passengers waiting at the airport. There are no 
federal requirements that they do anything at all, so stop 
threatening to call the local D.A.

If you are delayed, ask the airline staff if they will pay 
for meals or phone calls. Some do not provide any amenities 
to stranded passengers. Others may not offer amenities if 
bad weather or something else beyond the airline’s control 
causes the delay. 

Before you leave for the airport, check the web site of your 
carrier for its voluntary customer service plan. That lists 
the amenities that those airlines will provide to passengers 
when things go wrong, and lets you know exactly what you are 
entitled to.

* Don't bother calling your lawyer.

People will tell you differently, but airlines are not 
required to compensate passengers for "damages" when flights 
are delayed or canceled. 

Compensation is required by law only when you are "bumped" 
from a flight that is oversold. Airlines almost always 
refuse to pay passengers for financial losses resulting from 
a delayed flight. 

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* Build in a buffer

Leave early. Schedule your flight for the day BEFORE you 
need to be somewhere to close a big business deal, give a 
speech or lecture, attend a family function, or get to any 
time-sensitive event. 

It might cost you an extra night in a hotel, but it might be 
worth it considering what you might lose if you don‘t get 
there on time. 

* Check your flight status
Never leave home for the airport before getting status 
updates both on your flight, as well as checking for news of 
any circumstances that might affect its departure or your 
ability to get to the gate on time. 

You can call your carrier, but that can often be a 
frustrating experience. The automatic information is often 
outdated and it's difficult to get a live person on the 

You're better off on the Internet. Most airline Web sites 
make it easy to check on estimated departure times. But 
flight information can be limited. It's not up to the minute 
and won't include warnings about weather and air traffic 
conditions that may affect flight schedules at your 
connecting or destination airports. 

Another option is checking with Flightstats.com 
( http://www.flightstats.com ) Its computers automatically 
assemble, assimilate and analyze real time data from 
airlines, airports, weather services and the FAA to produce 
a more predictive collection of factors could affect your 

* Think about insurance

I generally think it's not worth the extra money, even in 
our new, delay-prone world. But if you have invested a lot 
of money in deposits for your travel arrangements, it might 
be worthwhile to call a trip insurance agent and at least 
hear what they can offer you.

Well, that's it for this week, group. Thanks again for 
reading, and please keep those comments, complaints and 
questions coming in. 

You can send me an e-mail message at: Email Pierce

Until next week, thanks for reading.   

Your Tipmeister,   



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