Money and time saving tips for delayed travelers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The blizzard on the East Coast is causing flight delays and cancellations across the country, including Indianapolis.

Tuesday morning, all the incoming flights from New York were canceled and most of the flights going to and from Boston and Philadelphia were canceled as well.

There are some ways for travelers to save time and money when weather interferes with travel plans.

Bethanne Harris-Brown, manager of the Travel Authority in Indianapolis, said it’s important to remember is to be flexible, patient and prepared. The storm’s delays will likely last far longer than the storm itself.

“All the planes…the flight crew, the pilots, the attendants, they’re all where they’re not supposed to be. So even though the weather is going to last 48 to 72 hours, I think we’re even going to look several days past that,” said Harris-Brown.

Harris-Brown said it’s too late to buy travel insurance now, but this storm is a good reminder to buy insurance and prepare for the worst.

She told 24-Hour News 8 most airlines have a winter weather provision so travelers will have options to change flights without paying major change fees. Each airline is different, so it’s important to know your airline’s policy when you buy a ticket.

Harris-Brown said she’s not having any trouble changing her client’s flights.

“The airlines are being very gracious and not charging any change fees, the majority of the time. Check your airline because every airline is different. They may not also be charging a fare difference, so that’s the great thing about the airlines being flexible,” said Harris-Brown.

When you do find out your flight has been canceled, call the airline immediately to find out your options. Experts say even if you’re inside the airport, you may get faster service over the phone. Reaching out on Twitter can also be helpful when the airline phones are ringing off the hook.

If you’ve already checked your luggage when your flight gets canceled, it’s important to track down your bags. Check with the airline immediately to avoid any lost bags.

Harris-Brown said for this storm, it may be best to reschedule your trip. Once East Coast airports open up again, hotels will be full and renting a car in the blizzard conditions could be dangerous.

To check whether your flight has been delayed or canceled click here.

 

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