Winter Storm Nemo—Resources for Stranded Fliers
Winter Storm Nemo has yet to hit the East Coast, but its impact is already being felt among travelers. Nearly 3,000 domestic and international flights have been canceled for Friday and almost 1,000 (and counting) for Saturday according to live flight-tracking service FlightAware. The effects of the storm—which may be historic—could snarl air traffic for several days, so travelers scheduled to fly into or out of the Eastern seaboard on Friday and Saturday should rebook in advance, if they haven’t already. Most carriers are waiving change fees to encourage preemptive rebooking.
If you are one of the unlucky, stranded passengers, T+L has a few apps and services to make your delay a little more bearable.
Navigating the airport. Gateguru offers detailed listings (with reviews) for restaurants, stores, and other services at over 120 different airports. It will also give you security wait times and updates on flight delays, and can coordinate with your Kayak and TripIt itinerary planners.
Last-minute hotel rooms. HotelTonight and all of the major online travel agents (Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Kayak, and Priceline) have mobile apps that help you find nearby available hotel rooms at a discount. Their inventories are not the same, so if you strike out with one, try another.
Up-to-the-minute news. Twitter is a great resource for breaking news, flight-delay updates, weather reports, and tips and advice from fellow travelers. Follow your airline’s handle, along with @cnnbrk (news), @flightstats (airport delays and flight tracking), and @weatherchannel. You can also look also for updates on mass transportation (New York: @mtainsider; Boston: @mbtaGM). Local governments—both city and state—have become adept at providing news on road conditions, snow removal, safety, and airport delays over Twitter. If you’re not sure whom to follow, look for the handles that are being retweeted most frequently by trusted news sources.
For more on how to weather-proof your vacation, see T+L's lessons from Sandy.