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In focus holiday travel that first.
This past weekend passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale we're left stranded for at least ten hours.
After making an emergency landing in Houston.
All because of -- disruptive passenger and -- is the executive editor of smarter travel dot com and welcome to the show what do you make of this.
But you know it's it's easy to get us out about this answer for everybody Anbar it was -- -- that awful experience.
However the DST's rules apply -- -- the tarmac and if you know the airline casket of the -- -- that's product within three hours it's.
If they don't go beyond that they're not any violation.
What the issue here is people are standing at the airport and there's really no passenger protections for that -- why now that seems like a great big wide gap and passenger protections to me.
Could I remember a time when you go to the airline and say hey look we've got this extended delay now.
Put me on another airline put me on the next flight out to my destination does that not happen anymore.
That are really depends on each individual airline -- its contract that -- state that they don't owe anybody any obligation to put you on another airline.
So you know they might do it but there's no guarantee -- they will it.
Probably give -- in that situation.
Is a refund that's pretty -- you can expect why you might as well go Greyhound are right.
-- Christmas in July.
People -- -- book now and it may be the Smart movie say benchmark fares what do you mean.
Right when I think as mark says when you really wanted to start looking now get this sense for what prices are going -- that you do see a great -- and a great deal you'll know then that's what you need to book.
-- here it really pence per.
The destination you're going to if you're traveling domestically I'd say wait typically after Labor Day fares tend to be on sale.
You know but if you wanna go somewhere very specific in -- -- think about -- do you expect -- to go higher right before the holiday as they usually do.
They usually do and you know that things with the past few years.
Airlines have been flying -- so you know if you week to lung you might be Ottawa RA is a sign up for alerts.
Exactly a lot of the aisle plane travel agencies and the airline's web -- We'll allow you to sign up for email alerts so that it's a price drops for the risk that you're looking at should get a notification your email box.
And that's what I call passive looking you don't have to be checking excessively every single day I love that he's a book our book later we the people -- -- act.
And I guess that it really depends if -- thinking about say using your frequent flier miles.
You -- book those now airlines' open up those seats maybe 300 days in advance.
And that -- -- very very quickly so you know wanna be waiting to the very last minute because you might not get anything.
-- but if you're going somewhere popular like say Disney World for the Christmas holiday.
That's something you should really start thinking about -- in advance because you might not get the dates you wanna QE too much longer so if you're going to a well known destination.
Book now if you're going to a more rural destinations say book later.
I think that is -- -- you know you can pretty much by anywhere domestically and finding really great deals especially if you're looking at.
Flying into -- out of a hub typically there's going to be a lot more competition -- you can find more -- But if -- -- thinking of an exotic vacation summer like Hawaii.
Those you know.
There's going to go up because people want to go -- Christmas break or you know other holidays so.
Those -- the types of vacations I would say start planning ahead because those tend to be big ticket items as well.
Aren't we know they're smarter travel dot com -- what other web sites would you recommend.
Well if you're looking -- you know trying to benchmark airfares.
Look for sites like being travel and they have different types of software that can help you predict the prices gonna drop.
On another rate cut actually one of my sister site at my company is called -- -- cancer travel bingo if you look at -- -- -- and the price drops.
They will automatically refine your credit card you don't you anywhere I love not doing working getting money that's awesome and thank you for being on the show tonight really appreciate it -- --