When Bad Weather Happens to Good Trips
As Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean islands, many vacationers had to postpone or completely cancel their travel plans. There’s nothing that can ruin a great trip like bad-weather, and although hurricanes don’t happen frequently, being properly prepared for traveling during bad weather is still useful. No matter what the circumstance may be, Rubinsohn Travel is there to ensure your vacation runs smoothly.
Imagine that your bags are packed for the getaway of your dreams. You have rearranged your schedule, cancelled meetings, and you’re ready for some down time. Rubinsohn Travel planned your itinerary and the only thing on your mind is relaxation. You arrive at the airport at the standard two-three hours early before your flight, proceed through the dreaded line of security, only to find in flashing letters on the arrival/departure screens: Flight delayed, or even worse: Flight cancelled.
Unfortunately, inclement weather can affect air travel in any season, and even on the clearest of days. Whether it’s high winds, rain, sleet or snow, each year brings a slew of delays that could severely alter your travel plans. Don’t feel like sitting on the phone with an airline representative for hours on end? Not to worry. Working with Rubinsohn Travel, you can alleviate the frustration of last-minute itinerary changes and flight delays or cancellations so that a bad start (or bad weather) doesn’t ruin your trip.
Follow Weather Forecasts
Before you leave for travel of any kind, it’s always a good idea to check the forecasts for your departure and destination city.
Bad Weather There Affects Flight Status Here
Bad weather almost anywhere can cause chaos with an airline’s route schedule, as crews and planes that are stranded at one airport never arrive at subsequent airports, and therefore a ripple effect occurs. When you learn of weather delays in important hub cities, call Rubinsohn Travel to inquire of potential delays on your flight.
Airlines typically update flight status information on a ‘just in time’ basis. Therefore, they don’t change official status until it’s certain that there will be a delay. Rubinsohn Travel is consistently up to speed with flight changes and keeps clients informed on the most up-to-date information.
Frequently Check Departure Screens
If you anticipate a delay, check departure screens for your flight. If there is a delay, call Rubinsohn Travel for instructions on the best thing to do before you head to check-in. There may be a chance that you can catch a different flight – that isn’t on a long, dreadful delay.
Don’t Stray Too Far from the Gate
If you’re already at the airport, gate agents may make important announcements concerning flight status, or alternate flight options. Make sure you or someone you are traveling with stays near your designated gate to hear any of those important announcements. Rubinsohn Travel is always on stand-by and wants to ensure that you aboard your flight, train, or cruise in a timely and smooth fashion.
Rubinsohn Travel recommends that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance. Some travel insurance policies do not cover weather disasters, like in the case of Hurricane Irma. Rubinsohn Travel knows the best policies to purchase for your personal situation.
To begin planning your trip with Rubinsohn Travel, call us at (215) 886-5200. We can’t wait to hear from you!