Time is on your Side

Tracy Stewart, August 20, 2007
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. With all the delays and cancellations these days, I know it's best to buy nonstop. But still, for my upcoming trip, it's just much more economical for me to buy a flight with a stopover. Just to be extra safe before I commit to buying anything, I'd like to go over on-time records so I know for sure which connection is the easiest to make. Is that information easy to find? Don't want to be stranded anyplace should something go wrong.



    A. Just phone the airline and ask for the flight's on-time performance number. Every domestic flight is rated on a scale of 1 to 10 on the basis of its on-time record. One is the worst, meaning the flight is late 90 to 100 percent of the time. To learn how many minutes a flight is delayed on average, visit www.bts.gov and enter the airline and flight number. Checking in on an overseas flight? Visit www.avoiddelays.com.
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