As Hurricane Sandy begins to bear down on the East Coast, stranded air travelers--9,500 flights have been canceled--are scrambling for tickets home. But when?
“I think that barring any major damage at airports the next day and a half, you should see everything get back to normal this weekend,” said Rick Seaney, co-founder and chief executive of FareCompare.com.
Seaney is optimistic that the Frankenmess won’t be as tangled as it might have been at another time of year. “It’s a slow time…of the year for travel,” Seaney said. “A. There are not as many people in the air; B. Airlines proactively canceled a lot of flights...and people just didn’t go because of cancellations; and C. the airlines had enough notice to move aircraft to prepare.”
Make no mistake, though: Getting a ticket as the airlines try to “unwind” (Seaney’s apt term) the results of the storm may require a bit of doing. Certainly it helps if you have elite status on your airline, and it also helps if you understand the airlines waiver policies (links to some of the major airlines policies here).