Leading Online Travel Agency Provides Resources for Travelers ahead of Hurricane Irma
With 2017’s second large hurricane approaching the United States this weekend, many travelers are left wondering what to do about their disrupted travel plans. CheapOair, a leading flight-focused online travel agency, has issued some tips for traveling to destinations prone to natural disasters.
Do Your Research
When planning any vacation, research if the destination is susceptible to natural disasters and when the high season is. In the event that the destination is high-risk and your travel is non-essential, consider selecting another destination or scheduling your visit for another time of year. “As we move out of the peak summer period, travelers love to take advantage of the cheaper airfares and hotel rates,” said Tom Spagnola, SVP of Supplier Relations at CheapOair. “But, when planning travel during the autumn months, travelers need to be aware that top destinations such as Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean are prime targets for tropical storms and hurricanes.”
Consider Purchasing Travel Insurance
Travelers should highly consider purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance plan. For most policies, travel insurance can be purchased as late as the day before travel, but keep in mind that when it comes to hurricanes, the plan must be purchased before the storm is named in order to provide coverage for an expenses incurred from that storm. Depending on the plan, you may be eligible for reimbursement of incidental expenses in addition to your original travel costs.
Contact Your Travel Providers to Discuss Options
In the event of a natural disaster, changing your travel plans may be easier than you think. Airlines and hotels want to keep their customers out of harm’s way and often waive change or cancellation fees. Check with your respective travel providers for details specific to your travel itinerary. “CheapOair’s customer care agents are on standby to assist customers impacted by Hurricane Irma with any changes or cancellations,” said Ruben Bello, VP of Operations at CheapOair. “Our 24-hour call center with over 3,000 trained travel agents allows us to accommodate large call volumes at all hours of the day.”
CheapOair is a flight-focused, hybrid travel agency that enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone or live chat. CheapOair (https://www.cheapoair.com, 1-646-738-4820) bridges the gap between an online and traditional travel agency with certified travel agents available to help find deals and offers to destinations worldwide on over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Partner airlines benefit from access to CheapOair’s broad customer base that books high yield international travel and add-on ancillaries at above the industry average. Follow CheapOair on Facebook and Twitter to learn how to travel the world for less.