How To Not Miss Your Connecting Flights
How many times have you and your family missed connecting flights? How many times have you been sitting on your first flight, and are completely stressed out because you know you have only a few minutes to make your connecting flight?
One way to avoid this travel stress is to keep your connecting flights as far apart as possible.
PRO-TIP: Before you head for your connecting gate, make sure you verify the gate you are heading to is correct. You’d hate to get to that gate and find out it has been changed.
Connecting Flight Meaning
When you are choosing your flights, there are usually several options for the connecting portion. Many people will choose the cheaper option, or go for the option that has the smaller connecting time. Both of these are not the way to choose your flights.
So what is a connecting flight? Let’s say you are traveling from Los Angeles to Paris. In order to get to Paris, you have to connect in another city, where you will take your plane to Paris. Your connecting flight is the flight you take in your connecting city to your final destination, Paris.
Let’s say you have the following choices:
Minimum Connecting Time
- Your connecting flight is at the complete opposite side of the airport?
- What happens if your originating flight has maintenance issues?
- What if there are weather delays?
- you are sitting in the back of the plane and can’t get to the front quickly enough?
- you get off the plane and now have to run to get to your next flight?
- What if your bags don’t make the connecting flight? Find out how baggage transfers work here
All of these options could have been avoided had the connecting flights been at least 2 hours apart.
Granted, of course there is a possibility that you can still miss your connecting flights, even with 2 hours between them. However, this time frame limits that possibility and can help keep your stress level on low.