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If you're planning to travel at all next week along the East Coast boy watch out New York.
Hurricane -- -- interrupt your travel plans.
Major travel delays expected as a result of the storm which forecasters are predicting will be more severe than last year's Hurricane Irene which was no picnic my friends.
Here without a travel Smart as travelocity senior editor Courtney Scott -- welcome to the show.
Yeah we just got news tonight just cross on AP.
That American Airlines is telling people that are gonna give customers flexibility to change their flights.
Now that comes as no surprise to you I'm sure but should people book way way out now could this looks like this would go on for weeks -- what.
Americans dating the very typical up process when your fates with terrible weather like our hurricane.
So what they'll do is they'll offer two options typically -- refund or a change in the fair.
And a change in the period of time you can travel what's tricky is that they offer a window to change that tickets you have to really.
Call up your carrier book and change that place right away so that you're still with -- -- -- -- we're not gonna pay additional.
Seats are right so be careful how you do it -- you can't do -- absolutely anything you want to.
He'll -- about advice should be even give people because it as you're telling me a break.
This could tie up airline travel on the East Coast -- maybe two weeks three weeks can go on for awhile.
What do you do if you are planning to travel what's step number 123 okay number one is to go.
Online check your particular carriers site.
They won't give -- explicit instructions on what's happening with that carrier.
And what the options are for you the same goes -- your hotel.
You really -- -- call the hotel directly and work with them on figuring out the best plan for you whether that's a refund or -- rescheduling beer -- The second thing is to really be prepared and how you're Smart phone ready it is the best friends and you and he's dealing with travel or changes in travel.
You can download apps that will give you.
Delays cancellations at real time weather reports and on the flight booking changes all of those tools would be really helpful for you got.
And if you don't even stand in line if you do an on your phone your all them that much better off.
Doesn't tips of your flight gets canceled and some of those I didn't -- -- founded -- -- -- I you have no right to a free hotel room.
The airlines do not have to put you up overnight that's right and that's a common question people ask but to really it's not something that's built into a customer's bill of rights.
If it says something that they want to -- -- that's great.
But you should be on your Smartphone making plants -- -- in nearby hotel before you even you know.
Get that change in your flights really the most important thing you don't wanna be stranded at him board can get a refund.
I you can get a refund that is usually one of the first things you can offer that they that they offer to you or next available flight rate.
The next available flight but sometimes that's not for weeks so what -- What you wanna do is really weigh the options and make an informed decision on what you know the other thing that happens sometimes is that the next available flight is on another airline.
How hard is that to do it -- -- on another airline it could be two different connecting Citi could be an additional stop on your trip.
None of these are ideal but their real point is to be flexible and be upfront prioritize.
Your -- -- -- And it and and don't check your -- this weekend because our next weekend because it's gonna be a bad idea according thanks for coming on tonight really appreciate your time.