In as much as very tight connecting flights are not advised during travel, sometimes they are inevitable because it may be the only option available to you if you are to have a chance of making it to your destination on time. Generally, if you can pull off your connections, they tend to be very rewarding.
In this article, we are going to share with you 4 effective ways to survive very tight connecting flights.
Ensure your connection is realistic
There are certain absolute minimums that will need to be maintained if you are to have any hope of success with your connection flights. If everything is to go smoothly on a domestic flight, then you’ll need a minimum of 45 minutes in order to pull off your connection and a minimum of 75 minutes for international flights. This is hopping that everything goes as planned. Anything less than this will not be realistic and you’re setting yourself for failure.
Ask the flight attendants for help
Flight attendants will always want the best for their passengers therefore they are always ready to offer any assistance when they can. Therefore if you know you have a tight connection which you may encounter some difficulty pulling off, it’s a good idea to ask the flight attendants for help. They can be very instrumental in finding you a seat closer to the front of the plane to ensure you embark quickly so that you can make it to your next flight.
Familiarize yourself with the airport
It’s very important for you to be familiar with the airport where you’ll be making your connection as this ensures that you spend less time navigating through the airport thereby increasing your chances of making it to your flight. There are usually maps of the airport which you can download make good use of.
Call the airline as soon as possible
Never wait until you miss your flight in order to call the airline because chances are high you will have to face a fine for rescheduling your flight. It’s therefore advisable that the moment you feel as though you will be late, you need to call the airline and either arrange for a rescheduling or if there’s an outside possibility that they will let you past the boarding gate once it has been closed.
All in all, only book tight connections when you have to but if you have a choice, ensure that there is sufficient time between the flights.
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