Get Ready for a Frustrating Summer of Air Travel

By: Kaydee Ambas · April 20, 2023 · Reading Time: 3 minutes

Turbulence Ahead

The airline industry just turned on the proverbial seat belt sign.

The general consensus among the TSA, airlines, and aviation officials is that this summer is shaping up to be a tough one for air travelers. It’s never a good sign when those in charge of making sure that things run smoothly are the ones warning you things might not run smoothly.

This summer of travel might be more frustrating than most due to a combination of factors:

High Stress, Low Staff

To start, the TSA expects a record number of travelers to hit the skies this summer. On top of that, staffing is down roughly 20% across the industry, which has caused many major airlines to trim their summertime service. In other words, airports are understaffed, forcing airlines to cut down on flights right as air travel is expected to hit a record.

Some individual markets are struggling even more. The crowded New York area reportedly has only 50% of its target staffing levels. Since New York sends flights around the country and world, this problem ripples out to other airports.

Protect Your Plans

No matter how early you arrive at the airport, there’s little you can do to overcome a delayed or canceled flight.

With that said, one possible way to address a busy season is to utilize a credit card that offers travel protections. One understated perk of select credit cards is that they come with built-in insurance for trip cancellation or interruption, as well as rental cars. But remember, outstanding balances on credit cards will roll over to the next month and begin accruing interest and fees — which can significantly add up over time. It’s best to get in the habit of paying off your credit card every month to avoid paying an exorbitant amount of interest.

This summer is shaping up to be more hectic than most. But hopefully once you’ve navigated the airport’s turbulence, the skies at your destination will seem even sunnier.

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