Nor'easters complicate travel plans

Published on Monday, 12 March 2018 21:09
Written by Angie DeRosa


WEST HARTFORD - The third nor’easter in less than two weeks has hit the Northeast.

While many colleges and universities are on spring break, travelers should be mindful of how the snow will impact their trips.

“Snow has definitely put a wrench on a lot of planning, but the good news is, if you work with a travel adviser in terms of flying, they can help you rebook,” Amy Parmenter, a representative for AAA Travel, said.

The state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection issued a winter storm warning for the entire state from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. today.

Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected locally, according to WFSB, which reports that other parts of the state can see as much as a foot of snow.

A winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service, means severe winter weather conditions that will make travel hazardous or impossible.

Major airlines that fly in and out of Bradley International Airport and other airports in New England have already notified customers with travel scheduled today and Wednesday.

Passengers can rebook their flights at no additional cost. Change fees and difference in fare will be waived.

“In terms of travel, always, the more flexibility you have the better you’ll be,” Parmenter said.”

She added that, when people have a smaller window to travel, stress increases.

Where travelers are going and “what’s at stake” determines whether travel insurance is worth adding on, Paramenter said.

“If they’re traveling oversees or have booked a cruise, we often encourage them to get travel insurance,” she said.

AAA encourages people to buy “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance, which protects people in the case of a canceled or interrupted trip due to an unforeseen event such as inclement weather, illness or death.

Paramenter emphasized that people should always plan ahead at this time of year.

“Flexibility is always key,” she said.

“I think most people in the Northeast when booking travel in March know Mother Nature can have other plans. So we always encourage travels to hope for the best, but plan for whatever scenario may come their way.”

Paramenter also recommended that people should allot more time to get to their destination, whether by plane or car.

“If you can leave (the day before or after) or anything you can do to avoid traveling at the height of the storm or under circumstances to be in a hurry or additional stress, you’re going to want to give yourself as much flexibility and time.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Monday, 12 March 2018 21:09. Updated: Monday, 12 March 2018 21:11.