Sunday, February 19, 2017

10 things to do before your flight

10 things to do before your flight

Don’t leave for vacation without checking off the to-do’s on this list

You completed your travel trifecta – the airline tickets are booked, hotel is reserved and car rental reservations are complete – now it’s time to get organized. The trip planning process includes everything from buying your plane tickets to packing to making reservations at your destination. Before you head to the airport to catch your flight, make sure you’ve taken care of everything on your trip planning list.

1. Call Your Credit Card Company

Many credit card companies have identity protection plans in place that help protect travelers from theft and fraud. In some cases, this means travelers must contact their credit card companies before traveling to ensure the card will work in another destination. This is usually only necessary for international travelers, but it can’t hurt to place the call for domestic travel, too. Here is a quick list of the major credit card company’s customer service numbers:

MasterCard® 1-800-627-8372
VISA 1-800-847-2911
Discover 1-800-347-2683
American Express® 1-877-325-2639

*Check the back of your credit card for more customer service numbers

2. Place a “Stop” or “Hold” on Mail and Deliveries

Daily newspapers, magazines and mail will pile up while you’re on vacation. Do yourself, and your neighbors, a favor and place a stop on all automatic deliveries. Simply call the newspaper circulation department and let them know you’ll be placing your delivery on hold for the time you’re away.

In an effort to keep your mail from overflowing in the mailbox, and to help protect against identity theft, have the post office hold your mail for the time you’re traveling. Your nearest post office branch will have a form for you to fill out and you can pick up your mail upon your return.

3. Emergency Phone Numbers

This rule applies for those who might need to reach you while you’re away, and those you might need to get in touch with while you’re traveling. Before you leave, take some time to write out two lists: one for home and one for away.

Home: Leave contact phone numbers with family members and friends in case they need to reach you while you’re traveling. Examples include:

  • Phone number of the hotel(s) where you’re staying
  • Airline flight information and phone numbers
  • Phone numbers of the people you’re traveling with
  • If you’re traveling with a group or tour company, leave the company’s contact information.
  • Phone numbers for doctors/veterinarians, if necessary

Away: While you’re away, it’s a good idea to keep a list of emergency travel numbers with you. Those contacts include:

  • Credit card companies
  • Doctor’s office
  • U.S. Embassy in the country you’re visiting
  • National Passport Information Center: 1-877-487-2778
  • Airline phone numbers