Tips for traveling during winter.
1. Always check your flights.
Not traveling from an area that is affected by any winter weather? It always still a good idea to check your flights including connecting cities, you never know your plane might be coming from Chicago or New York.
2. Rebook your flight.
Many airlines have teams devoted to tracking the weather and rearranging flight
schedules to avoid bad winter weather. If the weather proves too dangerous for flight, airlines often offer customers the opportunity to rebook their flights to leave earlier or later free of charge, before you leave for the airport.
If you absolutely must fly with a connection, watch your layover times carefully. If a weather delay causes you to miss your connection, you might be out of luck, as the airline is not necessarily obligated to find you a seat on the next flight, and often cannot logistically do so if flights are full or unavailable. If you have a really tight connection time and your flight is running late, let your flight attendant know, and he or she may be able to make arrangements to hold your next flight, or at least
get you off your first flight quickly.
4. Scheduling Tip.
Choose a morning flight, for two reasons: First, you are far less likely to have your flight affected by problems at other airports. Second, if your flight is canceled or badly delayed, your options for alternate flights are greatly increased, improving your odds for getting on a different flight by the end of the day.
5. Follow your airline and airport on social media.
Follow your airlines and airports via Twitter and Facebook. Many airlines and airports post the speediest updates to their Twitter feeds, so start following them now.Sign up for your airline
alerts to get flight updates e-mailed to your smartphone.
6. What can you do when you get stuck at the airport?
If you’re stranded, multitask. Don’t only go to the ticket counter. Use an app such as NextFlight and type in your city pair to get the next flights for the major airlines, travel blogger Wilson suggested. Then, call the airline on your phone and give them your preferred options. You might get booked on another flight before you reach the front of the line. Also consider nearby cities where you can rent a car and drive to your final destination
7. Stock up on snacks.
Stock up on nonperishable snacks and drinks for the car. If you’re flying, avoid the drinks, but carry an empty water bottle to refill after you clear airport security.Granola bars, beef jerky, dried nuts and fruit and other protein-rich snacks can keep you and the children going without spending a fortune at rest stops or the airport.