Get bumped? Get clever...

A friend of mine was on a business trip yesterday and trying to get home.  His flight was bumped countless times and then canceled altogether.  Arghhh.. In his case, it was weather related, understandable but frustrating just the same.

Here's a suggestion to not only give you something to do while you're waiting (because, c'mon - I know you're just playing around on your smart phone anyway) and actually help yourself get a leg up in the competition for a seat on the next available flight. Sign up for the airline's e-mail or text alerts. Passengers who get those alerts sometimes find out about cancellations even before they're announced at the airport, allowing them to get in line faster to talk to an agent. When you find out your flight is canceled, get in line and call the airline's reservations number at the same time. Someone may pick up the phone faster than it takes for you get to the front of the line.


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I didn’t dip my toe in an ocean until I turned 25 and my friend Sandy and I traveled to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. After that week, I was hooked. I loved being somewhere new; smelling the smells, tasting new food, seeing how other people lived. It energized me. As luck would have it, I landed a job that allowed me to travel all over the US and often to Canada. Being a sports event television producer, I was on the road all the time. That's when my love affair with travel began. Now, its 20 years later and still no one gets more “geeked up” about planning a vacation than I do. All I need is a destination and some travel companions and my fire is lit! I start delving into my favorite hotel sites, sifting through photos and reviews, comparing, contrasting -it’s like an addiction. The travel shows with tips and trends? I study them like a playbook. I LOVE doing the things most people hate doing before they go on vacation. Whether it be searching for a food tasting tour with a local or discovering a romantic B&B in the middle of New York - I’ve found it and I’ll share it with you. So....where should we go?