A blizzard hit and we can’t make it to the airport – what now?

Updated: Sep 20th, 2016

Sigh….if only we could control the weather for our vacations…..but since we can’t, you need to prepare for any likely eventuality, which — if you’re traveling during the months in which you might get a blizzard — means checking the weather reports voraciously, and considering staying at an on-airport hotel (or one that is very close) the night before your flight, because missing a flight can get very, very expensive, unless of course you have a good travel insurance policy.

Note: While there is still a chance that the blizzard might result in cancelled flights even if you’re at the airport on time, at least in that case you’ll have some recourse as many resorts will allow you to change your arrival date by one day without any penalty when your flight is cancelled.

Regardless of how a missed flight happens, this is where it really pays to have booked with a travel agent – they can help you out in a jam by checking all of your flight options and re-booking you, as well as contacting the resort on your behalf. If you didn’t, contact the company or resort you booked with right away to find out your options for changing your arrival date and airport transfers, and call your airline right away to find out what you can do — but be prepared to pay a change fee at the very least, and likely a ‘difference-in-fare’ fee, and that’s IF they can get you on another flight.

A great option is ParkSleepFly – they offer packages on Airport hotels that include free parking for your car and a shuttle to the airport……also great for those who have a long drive to the airport, or who have a hard time getting up for an early flight.

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Trisha is the Editor-in-Chief at Travel Writers Exchange, a community for travel writers & bloggers. She's also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a former member of the IFWTWA, serving on their Board of Directors from 2009 through 2015. When not traveling the world, Trisha occasionally guest-blogs for a number of websites, writing mainly about travel and technology, sometimes both at the same time.