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We don't know about you, but travel always makes us want to write long juicy letters to everyone we know. Maybe it's bragging rights, maybe it's a burst of poetic inspiration from seeing the Taj Mahal, but one way or another, suitcases and sunsets in strange places turn us into letter-writing fools. So, if it turns out you're the same way....be sure to include us in your list of people you just have to drop a line to. Don't worry, you will make us jealous...but hopefully we'll also be inspired by your adventures.

Want to see what other Savvy visitors have to say? Read our letters of the week, and be sure to tell us what you think. We'd love to hear from you!

August 3, 2001

Delayed Flight? Make Your Connection the 1-800 Way!

Dear Savvy Traveler:

This is an air travel tactic that I started using about 10 years ago. It may come in handy for other travelers who find themselves on a delayed flight ...

If you're on a flight (in the air) that has been delayed and you need to make a connection, use the on-board telephone to call the airline's reservations center to book a new flight. (Note: This may not work when you're still on the runway.) Most airlines have a toll-free number listed in the in-flight magazine. Then, when you land, you can make your connection without waiting in line with the other 125 passengers who are trying to get on flights.

But let's say you're unable to make the reservation in the air. Don't stand in line with all the other delayed passengers. Call the airline's 800 number and change your reservations. This method usually ensures that you'll get out on the next available flight.



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