Portland, OR (PRWEB)
December 17, 2010
The holiday season is extremely crowded at airports. The flights are crowded, the lines are long, and things sometimes go wrong, especially when the weather is bad. We would like to offer a range of tips to help you navigate the complexities of air travel like a seasonal warrior on the road.
Airports are the busiest, and flight delays and cancellations are most common during the period December 19-23 and between December 26 and 28. If you are traveling on any of these days, pay special attention to the following tips.
1. Travel light. Send your gifts ahead of time and don’t check your luggage if it can help you. Checking your luggage makes it difficult for you to change your plans on the way – catch an earlier flight on standby or find a later flight if yours cancels. If your bags are in the trunk of a delayed flight, you must stay with them, and if the flight is canceled, retrieval is never easy.
2. Do not drive to the airport. During the holidays the parking lots are often full. So take a ride with a friend, take a taxi or use the train if you can. If you must drive, reserve a parking space outside the airport in advance.
3. Stay connected. Arm yourself with information tools. Download one or more very useful mobile travel apps that include FlightStats flight information or mobile.flightstats.com to track airport delays, check flight status, search for availability on other flights, and more. Or if you prefer to use a laptop, sign up for Wi-Fi service at airports and on flights.
Here’s your checklist before you head to the airport:
1. Check the time at each airport you will be passing through during your outbound trip. Bad weather anywhere along the way can disrupt your trip, sometimes seriously
2. Check the airport delay map at FlightStats.com to see what is happening at the airports you will be visiting. If you see yellow or red dots, it means that delays are a factor – a clear indication that you must carefully monitor the status of the flight.
For a video tutorial that explains how to use FlightStats.com to track airport delays and alerts on set flight statistics, check out this short video.
3. Set flight alerts to be sent to your mobile phone to save flight status checking problems.
4. Check the timely performance of the flights you are going to take. This will tell you if you are likely to have a close or missed relationship. If you have booked a close connection with historically delayed flights, you may want to make a backup reservation with a ticket refund.
For a video tutorial that explains how to use FlightStats.com to check flight status and timely flight performance, click here.
Smart travel also means being informed at all stages of your air travel – whether at the entrance, on the flight or by arranging for someone at the airport. Check out these new FlightStats guides to best manage your travel experience:
Using the FlightStats mobile website – tracking flight status and using the FlightStats Flight Availability tool in case of cancellations and missed connections. Watch the video.
During the flight – view the status of your current flight on a map, check the status of the connected flight and use the airport terminal details page to get information on local traffic, weather and benefits (this covers our latest “Interactive terminal maps” feature)). Watch the video.
Track family and friend air travel – stay up to date with departures, arrivals, delays and cancellations. Watch the video.
Conducive Technology, creators of FlightStats, is a global leader in the collection, tracking and distribution of real-time flight data and historical travel-related information. TripTalk company’s unique patent pending messaging platform allows airports, airlines, agencies and other travel stakeholders to post a variety of messages to passengers across FlightStats ’extensive network of data subscribers, affiliates and partners.
FlightStats provides a host of tracking and messaging services, airport websites and FIDS screens, flight information offers on major search engines including Google and Bing, many popular mobile travel apps, car GPS systems, top travel sites and the world’s leading hotel chains. More than three million unique users check flight and airport data each month on the company’s public website: http://www.flightstats.com, and that number is growing rapidly. Millions more access FlightStats data through browsers, mobile apps and related websites. Passengers at airports around the world rely on FlightStats data.
Fly smarter. Go to http://www.FlightStats.com
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