AAA Offers Travel Tips in Advance of Isaac

Tropical storm rains on Labor Day travel plans

Phoenix. Aug. 27, 2012. Nearly 674,000 Arizonans are slated to send off summer with one last hurrah this Labor Day, with 57,000 planning to fly and eight in 10 hitting the roads. However, Mother Nature has other plans, as Tropical Storm Isaac heads for landfall.

“During an already busy travel week, Isaac has already forced the cancellation of 1,000 flights, changed cruise itineraries and is threatening Gulf oil production,” said Amy Moreno, director of travel for AAA Arizona. “It’s crucial for travelers to stay on top of the situation and changes to itineraries so they can make any adjustments if needed.”

To help traveler’s Labor Day plans weather the storm, AAA experts are offering the following tips for travel by air, land and sea:

By air:                                         

  • Check flight status to determine whether there are any cancellations or delays. Flight delays and cancellations have a domino effect, so even if you are not flying to the affected region, your flight could be impacted. In addition, connecting flights could also be delayed or missed due to a prior delay.
  • Call your airline or travel agent if you need to make changes to your flight. Nearly every major airline in the United States is offering flexible rebooking policies for travelers headed to the region expected to be impacted by Isaac. If you used a travel agent, they can assist with rebooking flights.

By land:

  • Check your route. Most Arizonans driving this Labor Day will be sticking close to home. However, those hitting the road near Isaac’s expected path should call 5-1-1, the information line of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to check road conditions. In addition, AAA’s TripTik ® Travel Planner will indicate any detours or closures along the route.
  • Stay on budget with fuel costs. While the effect that Isaac will have on fuel prices largely depends on the damage incurred, the threat of a storm is enough to cause prices to jump in the short term. Consult AAA’s Fuel Price Finder and Fuel Cost Calculator to find the lowest prices near you and budget the cost to fill up. 

By sea:

  • Check your itinerary. Several cruise lines already have made changes to cruise itineraries, which will impact any on-shore excursions you may have planned. This could also result in changes to ports of call or additional days at sea.      
  • Consult your cruise line or travel agent. Several cruises have also been postponed due to Isaac. Check with your agent to determine what your options are for rebooking or if reimbursement is an option.

“The havoc this storm is having on travel underscores the benefits of booking through a travel agent,” Moreno said. “Our agents are working directly with providers on behalf of travelers who booked through AAA Arizona to minimize inconvenience and get them where they want to go this Labor Day.”

This storm also highlights the importance of purchasing travel insurance. Policies can cover a variety of unforeseen situations that may cancel or interrupt travel plans and typically cost only a fraction of the price of your trip. For more information, visit AAA.com/travel.

AAA is the largest leisure travel agency in North America. For more information, visit www.AAA.com/travel.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.