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Posts Tagged ‘Cranky to the Rescue’

December is here, and if you’re traveling to Europe right now, you’re probably crying a lot. The winter weather over there has paralyzed airports and that means a lot of people are missing their holiday celebrations. It’s not all bad, there’s some good out there as well.

Good News:
Delta Shows Amenities When You Book

Since the Northwest merger, Delta has had a hodge-podge of different types of amenities on different airplanes. Some have live TV while others have overhead screens. Some have wifi, others don’t. Now, will show you exactly what you’ll get onboard for each flight at the time you book it. Coming soon: Ways to search for flights by amenity. Cool. Now Shows Amenities by Flight

Bad News:
Mother Nature Hates Airports, but You Can Fight Back

It has been a downright weird December when it comes to weather. The west coast is flooding (including my house) while big snowstorms have blanketed the Midwest and now Europe. When that happens, it often means there’s little that can be done for days on end as airlines scramble to make up for all that lost capacity. The good news in all this is that there are things you can do to get yourself home. Here are some tips.
Midwest Weather Mess: Navigating a Winter Storm

Good News:
More Flights to Mexico

The US and Mexico were having a fight over safety infrastructure, so the US decided not to allow Mexican airlines to add more flights. That sucked, especially since it happened right around when Mexicana went out of business. Now the ban has been eliminated and new flights are flowing freely.
Mexican Airlines Can Now Add Flights to the US, Aeromexico Starts the Trend

Bad News:
Cheap Flights to Hawai’i On Hold

Many people were salivating over the thought of cheap flights to Hawai’i when Allegiant announced it would start flying there from the west coast next year. That’s been put on hold and it probably won’t happen until 2012 now at the earliest. What’s the problem? It’s a regulatory issue in terms of getting the new airplanes up and running they way they need to be for the service.
Allegiant Delays Hawai’i Until 2012, Goes Head-to-Head with JetBlue

Good News:
Little Planes Get Internet

Many airlines have been putting internet on their airplanes, but few have put them on the smaller planes in the fleet. Delta is now going to have internet on all planes with more than 50 seats on domestic flights. Pretty good, huh?
Delta Adds Wifi to Regional Jets, Gets Closer to Matching the Mainline Experience

That’s enough for this year. Happy holidays and happy flying.


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It’s a timely topic, right? I mean, let’s say you were scheduled to get married this weekend and a volcano just happened to erupt, spewing ash all over a continent and messing up air travel. Then what? Lots of people are facing that prospect right now, and the moral of the story is . . . don’t get married in Europe. No, wait, that’s not right. I think the moral is to just have patience.

There’s not much you can do when something like this happens, unless you want to get really creative, so just chalk it up to being a great story you can tell the grandkids one day. But how do you make the best of a bad situation? Stay on top of things and you might get out sooner than others. We’ve sent Cranky Concierge clients through places like Israel and Iceland with much luck so far. Here are some tips.

First off, follow your airline and airport on Twitter. These guys have been pumping out information via Twitter like rock stars, keeping people up to date. For example, I just received a tweet that Icelandair was adding a few flights tonight to Scotland. If you catch it before others, you might be able to grab yourself a seat.

Another tip: go standby. Though flights are jammed full for the foreseeable future, that doesn’t mean all seats will be filled. Many people will opt not to travel and others will get stuck on connections. If you see that flights are starting to leave, it might be worth it to go standby and see if you can get on an earlier flight.

Lastly, just be creative. If you’re willing, there are ways to get to Europe. It may involve flying to Africa or the Middle East and backtracking. It may involve trains, buses, and cars. It may take a long time, but you’ll get there.

No matter what, having patience is the best suggestion. It will make things much better for you while you’re waiting this out. Your “perfect” wedding may not work out as planned, but man, it’ll make for a much better story.

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