7 ways to avoid summer storm delays (TravelSkills on CNN)

Don’t let peak season storms like Arthur spoil your well-laid travel plans. Just follow TravelSkills editor Chris McGinnis’s advice as shared on CNN! (Click on arrow to launch video)

Watch the video to learn more about these seven tips:

1) Book the first flight of the day

2) Learn to live out of a carry on bag

3) Be sure airline has your updated contact info

4) Use apps like FlightStats, FlightAware and HotelTonight if stranded

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5) Buy day pass to airline airport club

6) Don’t stand in line! Get online or on the phone instead

7) Know when to ask for a FULL REFUND!

Have a nice holiday weekend!

–Chris McGinnis

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  • Robert

    Just remember … That first flight of the day is usually dependent on the last flight of the day before making it. Been caught at several non-hub airports without a airplane or an expired crew due to weather issues the day before. Checking the status of the inbound flight of the plane that will be used for your flight can give you a head start on rescheduling before the gate makes an announcement.

  • 30309guy

    Yes, it is common sense that priority is given to UA flights. UAX is a regional airline who’s schedule from a hub to a spoke does not effect as many people as the mainline flights do, flying hub to hub.

  • Michael James

    I travel SFO-ORD-DAY at least once a month and can honestly say it is a nightmare to transit through ORD in the Summer. The ORD-DAY is on UAX and is cancelled more than half the time due to weather. There are nine flights a day between ORD-DAY and I have tried them all. So, the first flight of the day can easily be cancelled as any of them.

    I have learned, whether true or not, UAX flights get cancelled first and priority given to UA for time arrival/Departure into ORD. It is a crap shoot for weather delays.