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Check the weather forecast for your origin and destination. If there is a hint of snow or fog consider rescheduling your meeting.

Ask yourself: “is this meeting important enough to risk being stuck at an airport sleeping under tin foil for 3 days?” If the answer is yes – go ahead. If the answer is no, then consider rescheduling. It is better to be safe than sorry.

If you find yourself at an airport with flights cancelled due to adverse weather and you managed to get a room – book it for 2 or 3 nights. You can always cancel the room and in most cases the hotel will waive the cancellation charges.

If you are travelling with a colleague of the same sex – do not demand a single room for each but share a twin so that someone else doesn’t have to sleep on the airport floor. Now is not the time to worry about your snoring.

If flights are cancelled and you haven’t left your home country – go home and get a refund so that the seats on the flights that are taking off go to those who are trying to make their way home.

If you have an important meeting – consider travelling the evening before to your destination so you arrive at your meeting relaxed and well rested.

Always allow sufficient time to get to the airport – better to arrive early and have a nice cup of coffee than having to rush through the airport and arrive all sweaty.
Don’t forget the queues at passport control and security.

Make sure you have a flexible ticket if your meeting is likely to run late. If you have a ticket with a fee to change you need to contact your agency at least 2 hours before departure of your flight to do the change and the change fee and possible upgrade can add up to more than a fully flexible ticket.

Always have your booking reference ready.

Always check your itinerary for errors immediately as all errors can be rectified free of charge on the same day. If your itinerary was sent to you but you did not check it then any errors are your own responsibility.

Don’t expect your travel agency to have all the latest flight information. We rely on the internet just like everyone else. Check the airline and airport website before you pick up the phone.

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