Travel Tips and Tools
TSA Security Wait Times
Originally posted to our Facebook page for #TravelTipTuesday, this web page will come in handy if you're wanting to check out the latest wait times for your local TSA airport.
TSA has setup an online monitor that has real-time tracking of terminal wait times? Of course, it’s not 100% accurate as the times are collected and posted by passengers and are not verified by TSA. However, in a pinch, this could be a helpful tool.
As a reminder, TSA is currently recommending travelers arrive at airports at least 2 hours before domestic flights and 3 hours prior to international departures.
- Step 1: Click here to go to the correct TSA web page.
- Step 2: Enter the information for the airport you are curious about and click the Search button.
- Step 3: Select the correct airport and click the Choose This Airport button.
Easy as 1-2-3! Now you can take a peek at what other travellers are experiencing. Please note most entries will be for a specific security checkpoint and will include a time stamp letting you know how recent the post was made.
Rely on 24-Hour Emergency Service
Road warriors know that travel disruptions come in many forms, from a single thunderstorm to an unusually-large cloud of ash emitted by a thundering volcano. Dense fog, hurricanes, earthquakes, oil spills—these recent occurrences and more can delay your travel, even if they happen far from your current location or your destination. Sometimes, no disaster is needed—airline equipment problems can result in delayed or cancelled flights, too.
Whether your flight is delayed for a few hours, a few days, or indefinitely, the first call you should make is to your provider of travel services. Top corporate travel companies provide 24-hour emergency assistance lines. These hotlines are staffed by experienced travel professionals who have access to all of your travel information and can make new flight arrangements for you, wherever you are. These professionals can also update other travel arrangements that may be disrupted when your flight plans change—including hotel reservations and car rentals.
Corporate travel providers also keep an eye on developing situations and can sometimes make changes to your itinerary in anticipation of a disruption. They will also increase staffing during times of crisis to provide assistance. While other travelers deal with travel websites, jammed call centers, or long lines at ticket counters, you’ll have prompt and professional assistance focused on your needs.
If you do get caught up in a natural disaster, or other crisis that disrupts your business travel, be sure to talk with your corporate travel provider as soon as possible after you are safely home. They will be interested in your feedback and any suggestions for enhancing their service.
Medical Coverage Abroad
Even with the most careful planning, unexpected things can happen while traveling. Sometimes, travel delays or weather changes prove to be only minor inconveniences. But, if you become ill while traveling, it has the potential to disrupt your entire trip.
With viruses and epidemics in the recent news, more travelers are concerned about the possibility of falling ill while away from home. However, an illness doesn’t have to be exotic or newsworthy to disrupt your trip—a case of stomach flu, a reaction to medication, an accident that causes injury, or a sudden condition that requires surgery can all wreak havoc on a carefully planned, long-awaited vacation.
If you don’t have insurance that covers you while traveling—most U.S. medical insurance does not cover clients when they are outside the country—treatment costs can be significant. And, in a foreign country, you may even be required to pay medical bills in full before you are allowed to leave.
Fortunately, you can protect yourself in advance by purchasing medical insurance, including medical evacuation insurance, when you book your trip. Medical evacuation insurance covers the cost of being transported home for treatment, which is especially important if you’re traveling to a country with questionable standards of medical care. Allianz and Travel Guard are two well-known providers of this type of insurance.
If you don’t believe that anything could interrupt your next trip, you should know that the United States Travel Insurance Association estimates that as many as one in six travelers who purchase travel insurance need to file a claim. And, travel insurance is more affordable that you may expect!
Talk with our travel professionals about the peace of mind that your purchase of travel insurance—including medical coverage—can provide.