Here's a simple tip that might save your day: Sign up for flight alerts every time you book a trip. The free text message will alert you if your flight is delayed, rescheduled or canceled, which can be a lifesaver. It may also let you know the status of a connecting flight. More than once I’ve powered up my cell phone while we were still taxiing, and immediately determined my connecting gate.
If your airline doesn’t offer the service, create a free account at FlightStats.com, and set up alerts there. It will text you with flight info for scores of airlines.
Why do this? I once got an alert on the way to the airport telling me that my flight was hopelessly delayed. I called the airline and was rebooked before I even got to the airport. On the way to the gate I passed a long line of folks who had only learned the news when they showed up at check-in. By then, alternative flights were all filled.
Bottom line: I got out of town that day because of a flight alert. My fellow passengers didn’t.
Do you use flight alerts? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.
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