Conde Nast Traveler: Strange and Inaccurate Advice
I have over 3M miles flown on multiple global airlines across N.America, Asia and Europe. When I saw the article below in the on-line magazine, my first reaction was, “I need to write a posting directly on their site. I was surprised to see that there was no provision for leaving comments. Well, that is one way to have your opinion stand unchallenged 🙂
The reality is that the advice from Conde Nast is NOT always close to being correct. This time around – same story. Read the story below – and judge for yourself. How many times have you flown internationally with less than 3 hour connection time…? For me – most of my 3M miles… I regularly fly with 1 hour connection between a domestic and International flight to Japan, China, UK….
Here is the link and the text of the advice given by the travel site to a couple with an issue:
Yes, even if you have plenty of time to make your connection.
Q: My husband and I booked flights from Dallas to Fiji, connecting in Los Angeles, through Orbitz. The itinerary left us 95 minutes in L.A., but at check-in, an American Airlines agent told us the “minimum connection time” for our international flight was two hours—and denied us boarding! We lost our vacation plus the $3,744.12 we spent on the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Doesn’t Orbitz owe us a refund? Jenny S., Carrollton, Tex.
A: Unfortunately for travelers, airlines don’t make it easy to verify the minimum connection times they demand. Fliers have to rely instead on online travel agencies like Orbitz to track those intricate rules, and the booking site says that the itinerary it sold was kosher. American stepped up, however, refunding the $3,175.60 cost of the airfare as a goodwill gesture, but the takeaway is simple: Always allow plenty of time when connecting—ideally three hours
At any rate, all you have to do is make sure you have called the airline ahead of time (if you are concerned — I do not do even that) in case you need some assistance – they will more than oblige.
In today’s market, the competition among airlines is so great that you will get a lot of services, but you need to ask.
At any rate, enjoy your travels and do not stress too much. The other aspect is – travel as light as possible so you can be flexible and able to manage flight changes with greater ease.