Listen Now: Airport Survival Guide: Tips For The Next Time You’re Stranded
Cold winter weather froze much of the country at times these past few months, and it was especially chilly for travelers.
Arctic blasts were blamed for temperatures plunging to well below freezing, causing thousands of flight cancellations and delays across the country. On one day alone, about one out of every ten domestic flights never left the runway.
In recent years, in an effort to save money, airlines have cut back on the number of flights to make sure planes are full. So when flights start getting canceled you have fewer options for re-booking. But before you panic about spending hours on the terminal floor there are a few things you can try.
For example if you’re getting nowhere with the ticket agent in front of you try calling the airline’s international number or tweeting them. And consider a one day pass to the airline’s lounge. Airports often staff these with friendly agents who can magically find an open seat.
Plus at only about fifty dollars a day it’s a better place to wait out bad weather. However long that might take.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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