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Travel Tip: Avoiding Missed Connections

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It sounds cynical, but when you’re flying and you’re dealing with a flight connection, you should assume the worst.

Here’s what you should do when you have to go from point A to B with a stop in between.

When you account for missed work and repercussions, travel glitches can actually cost big bucks. One recent study delays, cancellations, and missed connections cost passengers $16.7 billion a year.

These days, the minimum legal connection times can be as little as 20 minutes. That’s what I call a suicidal connection time!

Just because the airline claims it meets their minimum criteria doesn’t mean it should meet yours.

If you’re booking on your own and your connection is shorter than the minimum allowed, the airline isn’t responsible for getting you on another flight.

Also, check legal connection times for your bags versus the flight itself. Otherwise, you might make it to your destination, but your luggage won’t.

And don’t forget, if you’re transferring from an international flight to a domestic one, you’re talking about collecting your bags, clearing customs and immigration, and going through security before you can think about getting to your departure gate.

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