- Have the airlines/travel site/travel agent contact in your speed dial. Don’t be shy about using them if you run into trouble.
- Sign up for mobile alerts from your airline or follow it on Twitter - many airlines are now using social media to keep their passengers informed of delays and cancellations. And you're more likely to get a quicker response if you tweet them directly.
- Keep track of weather changes through alerts, apps or hey, how about the radio or TV?
- Check the airline’s homepage and see if travel waivers are posted and for what dates. If you haven’t begun your trip and you have some flexibility think about moving it to another weekend.
If you find yourself stranded due to snow:
- Don't give up your hotel room if you don't have to - ask for an extension even the day of travel until you can figure out what is happening with your flight.
- Morning flights are still best if you can get one.
- Is there another airport you can get to that isn’t snowed in? The train that services the East Coast (Philadelphia to Boston) is phenomenal. Jump a train and get to another city and fly out from that destination. Make sure you have a confirmed seat before you embark on this trip.
- Really desperate to get home? Purchase a new ticket on a flight you can get on. New revenue will always win!
See you on the road!