What Can You Do if There’s a Flight Crisis?

BY: - 30 Dec '14 | Travel

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The holidays are winding down and for some that includes traveling back home or to another holiday destination by flight.  There’s risk involved with all travel that an accident or crisis will occur.   Sadly family and friends of passengers on Air Asia flight QZ8501 are now dealing with the unthinkable, the fact that the plane carrying their loved ones went missing on Sunday morning.

If a family member/friend is a passenger on a plane that is involved in a crisis/emergency or the plane is missing, what should/can you do?  It’s a topic we all don’t want to have to discuss but it’s something we should know how to handle, if it occurs.

If you believe someone in your family is a passenger and you have not been contacted by the airline, here are a few things you can do, if we’re ever faced with this unimaginable flight emergency.

  • Confirm that your family member or friend was indeed a passenger on the flight involved in the emergency.
  • Obtain confirmation from the airline. Call the airline and have them confirm that the person actually boarded the plane. You never know your family member/friend could have missed the flight or gave up their seat if it is a busy travel season (like the holidays) and the flight was overbooked.
  • Seek reliable information. If they are a confirmed passenger, ask the airline representative on the main customer service line, if a specific ‘emergency hotline/phone number’ for this flight has been established. Call the special hotline only for the most current news and information.  Don’t rely solely on the media for the latest information.
  •  Also ask if a physical ‘crisis center’ has been set up for this flight emergency. In most flight emergencies such as a crash/missing plane, the airline will establish a crisis center at the airport where the flight originated and ask family members to come the center and wait for official news and updates from the authorities.

Sometimes when we travel we often forget, but we should get into the habit of sending a family or friend a copy of our final travel itinerary.  Also remember to complete the emergency contact information when buying plane, bus or train tickets.

Safe travels!

BMWK, do you give your loved ones a copy of your travel itinerary?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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Saving for a Vacation Can Be Easy with These 3 Tips!

BY: - 6 Jan '15 | Travel

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If you’ve made the ‘New Years’ resolution to travel in 2015, you’re not alone.  There are a few things you’ll have to put into action to actually save for a vacation in 2015, but you can do it!  The vacation of your dreams is waiting but there’s one crucial thing that you have to do to successfully save for your vacation and that’s change your mindset.

By changing your mindset, I mean you’re going to have to accept and believe that vacations are necessary to your health and well-being.  We have to stop thinking that vacations are not important and can be quickly eliminated if something more important comes up.

Vacations are more than just great trips out of town.  Vacations and getaways are great stress relievers, help you build closer relationships, improve your mental health (by reducing stress) and they lower your chance of burn out. So the next time someone tells you not to go on vacation remind them a ‘vacation does the body good!’

In addition to changing your mindset we have a few more tips to help you achieve your goal of saving for a vacation this year.

  • Be realistic with your savings amount. You and only you, know the amount you can afford to save for a vacation without negatively impacting your budget.  Being realistic with your vacation destination will help you be realistic with how much you can actually save.
  • Incorporate it into your budget. Add your vacation savings amount into your monthly budget.  Re-work your budget and actually write it in as a line item.  Remember everything is attainable if you budget for it.
  • Don’t trust yourself! Don’t trust yourself with the notion that you won’t spend your vacation savings if you add it to your regular savings account. Avoid temptation by opening a separate account without a debit/ATM card. Consider an online savings account or a ‘vacation fund’ account at your local credit union.

Always create a plan that is most beneficial to you and your family.  Remember if “you fail to plan, plan to fail!”  The vacation of your dreams is waiting!

Happy travels!

BMWK, where is one vacation spot you desire to visit?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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