Preparing to Travel During a Storm
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WGGB) –When it’s in the 30’s at Bradley International Airport, you can probably understand why folks were anxious to get to their much warmer holiday vacation spots, like the Florida Keys. “We decided to catch the earlier flight, because we were flying out at 8:30 tonight, but, we figured the weather coming in, let’s beat feet while we can,” Carole Rand smiled. “We’re leaving before the storm hits, which is very exciting!” exclaimed Lauren Noble.
If your schedule didn’t allow you to get out ahead of the rush or the weather, don’t worry. There are still some steps you can take. “It usually costs about $250 for you to make a voluntary change. But because of the storm, most airlines will probably waive those fees. The problems are going to be, planes are really, really full. This is the most travelled weekend out of the year,” Janice Webb, President of Emerald City Travel said.
Once you call and make that voluntary change, Webb says you can also change your return flight at the same time without being charged.
Webb suggests getting to the airport at least 2 hours before your domestic flight is supposed to take off, and 3 if you’re going international.
It also might not be best idea to try and go standby, since you’ll have lots of company on long lines. “On the back end, you’re going to see Sunday, especially Sunday after Thanksgiving especially on into Monday and Tuesday, because everybody’s trying to get back at the same time,” added John Wallace, Manager of Communications at Bradley International Airport.
If you’re unsure of your flight’s status, you can always call and check with the individual carrier, peek at their website and social media pages.
Webb notes that airlines offering voluntary changes will do so until November 30th.