Winter weather travel tips

NEW YORK (CNN) – It’s been an ugly winter in most parts of the country. Storm after storm and brutal cold have made air travel especially miserable.

The weather outside has been frightful this winter but perhaps no less delightful than at the nation’s airports, where storm systems have forced the cancellation of sometimes thousands of flights in a single day.

The snow, sleet, ice and freezing cold can lead to frustrated travelers trying to get from point A to point B, and frazzled airline employees trying to help them.  But there are things travelers can do to help themselves, and perhaps stay ahead of the pack.

Before heading to the airport to wait it out with the weather-stranded masses, check if airlines are offering waivers of their change fees, and rebook a flight for free. You’re better off doing this as soon as the weather starts to look dicey, so you can grab a seat on a flight that will depart sooner rather than later.

If you’re already at the airport, work multiple channels, including an airline’s app, twitter feed, and phone lines. It may be worth it to spend the money for a one day pass to an airport lounge.  Both for your own comfort and for better access to customer service reps.

Travel with a battery pack for your Smartphone so you’re not fighting for outlet access.

Remember, the best travelers are those that think, and prepare and it’s already February, so spring and summer’s sunnier skies aren’t that far off.

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