Travelers encouraged to be 'flexible' around storms

Published on Monday, 12 March 2018 19:35
Written by Angie DeRosa


WEST HARTFORD-The third nor’easter in less than two weeks has hit the Northeast once again.

While many colleges and universities are currently on spring break, travelers should be mindful of how the snow will impact their trips.

“Snow has definitely put a wrench on a lot of planning, but the good news is if you work with a travel advisor in terms of flying they can help you rebook,” Amy Paramenter, spokesperson for AAA travel in Greater Hartford, said.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire state in effect from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the DESPP, heavy snow is expected with snow accumulations of four to seven inches. WFSB reports some parts of the state can see as much as eight to 12 inches.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow, according to the National Weather Service, means severe winter weather conditions that will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Major airlines such as Delta, United, American and Frontier that fly in and out of Bradley International Airport as well as others in the Northeast region have already issued notices to customers with travel dates on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Passengers are eligible to rebook their flights at no additional cost. Change fees and difference in fare will be waived.

“In terms of travel, always, the more flexibility you have the better you’ll be,” Paramenter said. “

She added that when people have a smaller window to travel within is typically when cancellations and rebooking become stressful.

Depending on where travelers are going and “what’s at stake,” determines whether travel insurance is worth adding-on, Paramenter said.

“If they’re traveling oversees or have booked a cruise, we often encourage them to get travel insurance,” she said.

At AAA they encourage people to purchase “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance which protects people in the case of a canceled or interrupted trip due to an unforeseen event like inclement weather, illness or death.

Paramenter stressed that people should always plan ahead during this time of year.

“Flexibility is always key,” she said.

“I think most people in the Northeast when booking travel in March know Mother Nature can have other plans. So we always encourage travels to hope for the best, but plan for whatever scenario may come their way.”

Paramenter also recommended that people should allot for more time to get to their destination whether that’s by plane or car.

“If you can leave (the day before or after) or anything you can do to avoid traveling at the height of the storm or under circumstances to be in a hurry or additional stress, you’re going to want to give yourself as much flexibility and time.”

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Monday, 12 March 2018 19:35. Updated: Monday, 12 March 2018 19:37.