113 million people are expected to travel during this holiday period.
So, if you’re one of the brave souls braving the understaffed airports, long lines, and potentially bad weather we have these three travel reminders for you. (Especially if you fly Delta Air Lines.)
Keep an Eye on Weather Advisories
When ugly weather is about to strike, airlines often issue advisories and allow passengers to change their itineraries without any extra charges (provided they remain in the cabin purchased).
That may mean staying a day or two later — or leaving earlier.
But that might be better than getting stuck somewhere — or missing your trip altogether.
Here’s where you can keep up to date on some airlines’ advisories:
Delayed Checked Luggage = Free Bonus SkyMiles
If you check luggage during a Delta trip and your bags don’t arrive at your final destination’s carousel within 20 minutes of your flight’s arrival, you can submit a claim to receive 2,500 bonus SkyMiles. (That’s worth about $25 of travel.) So, you can potentially earn 5,000 bonus SkyMiles during a roundtrip.
My friend Derrick is a comedian and motivational speaker who travels all the time. He could probably take a trip to the moon and back with all the SkyMiles he’s racked up from Delta’s Bags on Time guarantee. The promotion is valid in the 50 United States and Puerto Rico. Eligible flights must be marketed and operated by Delta or Delta Connection.
It’s OK to Be Frustrated – But Please Be Kind to Employees and Fellow Travelers
I tip my cap to you if you’re traveling this week. I usually envy travelers when I’m not out on the road. Not right now, though. One of the local television stations here in Los Angeles showed a massive line of people waiting outside LAX’s T3. One woman said she was in line for a half-hour. And she was still not even close to getting inside.
Here’s a Tweet from inside the terminal.
Leave an extra 2 hours early if you are flying out of #LAX airport today. I highly recommend flying carry on only. I’ve never seen lines like this. The line is hundreds of feet long outside because #Delta didn’t schedule enough people to staff all of their bag check desks. pic.twitter.com/Il9A0fzDl6
— Wade Cordts (@wadecordts) December 19, 2022
And there’s this from Denver.
This is HALF of the security line at the Denver Airport… 🙃 pic.twitter.com/mQFzRpiNgS
— Juicy (@JuicyBoS) December 19, 2022
Most airline and airport employees you see would rather be on vacations of their own or at home with their families.
Keep in mind the weather isn’t their fault. Also, they didn’t design the airport or the freeways that are full of traffic. They’re not the ones who created the kiosk software or airline website or app. They’re not responsible for staffing shortages. Don’t take your anger out on them. Ask them for help or guidance, sure. But don’t lose your temper. In fact, you may even want to smile or thank them for working the holiday period.
A Delta customer service agent who works at one of the airline’s hubs told me, “(We) don’t have seats (and) have to stand for eight hours without the ability to sit unless we take lunch breaks. One of the terminals has ‘leaning posts.’ There are not enough for each agent, so if one steps away when they come back, the post is gone. Additionally, we are reminded they are for leaning, not sitting. When it was bought up as a topic in the most recent town hall, upper management’s solution/answer was to buy us thick mats to stand on.”
First, “leaning post” makes people sound like animals. Gross. Secondly, standing for eight hours getting yelled at by people doesn’t sound fun.
Remember you’ll perk up most flight attendants (and other employees) with some inexpensive gifts like candy, hand sanitizer, or something along those lines.
If you encounter someone who’s not the frequent traveler you are or is a complete idiot, don’t lose your cool. They may not have a clue what they’re doing. This might be one of their first trips in a long time. Maybe they’re nervous or something. Or taking a trip they don’t want to. (My mother died a week before Christmas several years ago. I was a basket case during those flights.)
These are things we should keep in mind in general — but especially during busy periods.
Don’t end up becoming a social media celebrity for the wrong reasons.
This is a crazy holiday period– and it’s probably going to be stressful in airports and airplanes. Remember to keep an eye on the weather — and perhaps change your flight for free if you can. If your luggage is delayed, get yourself some SkyMiles or other compensation! And try to be kind and patient with everyone.
Let us know how your travels go this weekend!
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