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Holiday air travel tips from FlyersRights.org

Posted: November 24, 2009 11:02 a.m.
Updated: November 25, 2009 5:00 p.m.
 
NAPA, Calif. -- In response to recent travel tips which say the same old thing, Kate Hanni, president of FlyersRights.org, decided to provide air travelers travel tips that they won't hear from other "travel experts" to help better prepare them for the more insidious and inevitable occurrences during this holiday air travel season. Planes are over booked, entirely full so flyer's beware:

1) Always pack your bags with 3-days worth of medications and at least one set of overnight clothing.

2) If you don't have a seat assignment when booking a flight, you don't have a seat at all; don't book it. Call FlyersRights.org if you already booked your ticket and don't have a seat assignment.

3) Pack light and carry on to avoid extra fees (and hassles).

4) If you are bumped from a flight because they overbook it and are not offered bumping compensation, call FlyersRights.org at (877) 359-3776 or log on to FlyersRights.org, and download our "Stranded Passenger Survival Guide." You may be owed $400 or $800 due to new overbooking rules.

5) Put a copy of your itinerary inside both your checked and carry-on luggage. Also, if you are buying luggage for the holidays, buy colorful luggage that looks unique. 10,000 bags per month are lost.

6) Never pack any valuables, fragile or electronic items in any of your baggage (carryon or checked); it may be damaged, lost or stolen and most are not covered by an airlines contract.

7) If your baggage is lost you may be due $3,300 in compensation, but have receipts for all items you pack. You'll need to present them.

8) Book direct flights, especially if unaccompanied minors are traveling alone.

9) Don't wrap gifts before travel. TSA may have to unwrap them.

10) Call FlyersRights.org with any issues, (877) 359-3776.

"It's not just about being stuck on the tarmac any more! Air Travelers have a whole cornucopia of issues that can arise to ruin their holiday air travel experience if they aren't armed with honest and good information," Hanni said .

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