Q: In a recent column, you mentioned that it's a good idea to allow at least four hours between connecting flights if you want to be absolutely sure you make the connection. However, when I book tickets on Travelocity they frequently only offer 45-60 minute connections, sometimes even less, even at busy airports such as Atlanta. How do I get around this?
A: You might try contacting Travelocity (or whatever online service you use) by phone to see if they can build in a longer layover, or you can call the airline directly or the airline directly. The only downside to calling a travel agent or airline is that you'll have to pay a service fee, but perhaps it's worth it considering the alternative, which might be missing your connecting flight. It is indeed difficult if not impossible to build in longer layovers using online airfare searches, so it's best to involve a real person to help you.