American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, has canceled thousands of flights since Friday. And while the airline is returning to normal for the time being, this is the second time in recent weeks that we have seen a major airline disconnected due to weather or other factors.
This time around, we’re approaching what is typically the busiest travel week of the year.
Hundreds of American Airlines flights were canceled or disrupted last Halloween weekend due to weather and personnel issues.
Southwest Airlines canceled 2,000 flights last month over a statutory holiday weekend, leaving many travelers stranded.
Thanksgiving trips could lead to similar travel frustrations, as a Nov. 24 vaccination mandate for TSA and airline employees could impact the current labor shortage.
âI think they’re trying to prepare as much as possible for the massive amounts of travel, but at the end of the day they’re going to have a hard time,â said Jordan Bradshaw, vice president of Northcutt Travel Agency.
Bradshaw said more people are flying, but their biggest concern is a cancellation. He suggests spending a bit more on travel insurance and paying close attention to cancellation policies when booking.
âWith most travel insurance plans, they have travel protection that covers things like travel delays and lost baggage,â he said.
âIt has a ton of different covers for you to look at and helps you offset the extra expenses you have up to a point. If you have to pay for a hotel for the night, that helps cover that.
Bradshaw said travelers should also look for the words “fully refundable” or “travel credit refund” when booking tickets. He also said travelers should avoid economy class tickets because while they are the most affordable, they are the most restrictive.
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