BBB Issues Tips to Ensure Safe and Timely Travel

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Business Many consumers are beginning to plan summer vacation getaways and may fail to factor in the uncertainties that come with flying, such as unpredictable weather, aviation system issues, and maintenance or crew problems. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises vacationers to plan ahead when traveling this summer to ensure safety and timeliness.

The early bird gets the flight.
When booking your flight, remember that an early departure time may be less likely to be delayed than a later flight, due in part to the “ripple” effects of delays throughout the day. Also, if an early flight does get delayed or canceled, you may have more rerouting options. If you book the last flight of the day and it is canceled, you could get stuck overnight.

Know your rights with a canceled flight.

If your flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook you, at no charge, on their next flight where a seat is available. If this involves a significant delay, find out if another carrier has seats and ask the first airline to endorse your ticket to that carrier. Unfortunately, compensation is required by law only when you are “bumped” from a flight that is oversold. Airlines may refuse to pay passengers for financial losses resulting from a delayed flight.

Secure your payment.

Consider paying by credit card, which provides certain protections under Federal credit regulations. For more travel tips you can trust, visit

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