Travel tips for the summer

News 8 is on your side to help you avoid summer travel woes – including flight delays and cancellations. Travel Advisor Greta Smith explained why this summer travel season has been such a challenge. “We’ve had a perfect storm of this large amount of pent up demand associated with airlines that have been really shut down,” she said. Smith said airlines have lost many employees during the pandemic, but consumers have not lost their desire to travel. “A lot of people have really kind of come back out of the realization that life isn’t as long as we sometimes think it’s, and they want to do the things that they want to do now,” she said. So if you want to get where you’re going, pay a little extra and buy a non-stop ticket to your destination. “You’re going to do a lot better because if you get airborne on a non-stop flight, 99.9% of the time you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be,” Smith said. When purchasing your ticket, avoid buying through travel websites that show many different fl Flight options.” So they are a great research tool to compare the flight schedules available and the costs available. However, I always strongly recommend that you buy your ticket directly through the airline,” Smith said. Then consider downloading that airline’s app on your smartphone to communicate directly with the airline during your trip. Another flying tip: Travel as early in the day as possible. Planes tend to be at the airport first thing in the morning, and those flights are less likely to be delayed getting the plane airborne during the day,” Smith said. Always take out travel insurance. Also consider flight delay insurance that will cover any expenses you may incur during your trip.

News 8 is on your side to help you avoid summer travel woes – including flight delays and cancellations.

Travel Advisor Greta Smith explained why this summer travel season has been such a challenge.

“We’re having a perfect storm of this large amount of pent-up demand coupled with airlines that were really shut down,” she said.

Smith said airlines have lost many employees during the pandemic, but consumers have not lost their desire to travel.

“A lot of people really kind of came back from that and realized that life isn’t as long as we sometimes think it is, and they want to do the things that they want to do now,” she said.

So if you want to get to your destination, pay a little more and buy a non-stop ticket to your destination.

“You’re going to do a lot better because 99.9% of the time, if you get airborne on a non-stop flight, you’re going to end up where you want to go,” Smith said.

When purchasing your ticket, avoid buying through travel websites that advertise many different flight options.

“So they’re a great research tool to compare available flight schedules and available costs. However, I always strongly recommend that you purchase your ticket directly through the airline,” Smith said.

Then consider downloading that airline’s app on your smartphone to communicate directly with the airline during your trip.

Another flight tip: arrive as early as possible in the day. Planes tend to be at the airport first thing in the morning and these flights are less likely to be delayed.

“You should try to book the first or second flight because if you’re delayed, you have a lot of options to get the plane airborne during the day,” Smith said.

Always take out travel insurance. Also consider flight delay insurance that will cover any expenses you may incur during your trip.