Why You Might Want to Avoid American Airlines This Week
Joe Brancatelli has a great piece of advice for anyone flying American Airlines later this week, which is when, as he puts it, “American is due to swallow the last remnants of US Airways.”
Joe reminded his readers that a computer glitch at American Airlines last month delayed more than 1,000 flights, which caused havoc for travelers. American denied the glitch had anything to do with the merger, but he notes that computer transitions, which are in line this week, “in the past have proven to be schedule busters.”
Joe’s solution: “Avoid American Airlines in the days immediately before and after the October 16 combination date. Then keep your fingers crossed for the remainder of the fall.”
Since most people buy flights more than a few days in advance, I’ll add that if you’ve already bought tickets for this week (like me), make sure to have a backup plan. Here are some tips to help you if your flight is delayed or canceled, and here’s a site to help you detect when there are problems at AA.com (and other sites).
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