Accommodations during Hurricane Matthew

Hotels are filling up fast as people evacuate for Hurricane Matthew. Here are few tips for finding last minute accommodations.

  1. Check the brand’s website. With limited availability, hotels may close out inventory to some third party websites.
  2. Call the hotel directly. Sometimes hotels close out their hotel for online reservations to prevent overselling. You may be able to capture a reservation because another reservation cancelled or someone checked out early.
  3. Ask the Front Desk Associate if they could take your information just in case something opens up.
  4. Consider hotels outside of the city or downtown area if it is sold out. By going just 15 minutes outside of the city you may find more availability and more competitive rates.
  5. Consider moving hotels during your stay. A hotel may not have availability to accommodate a three night stay, but could accommodate one or two nights. While we realize splitting your stay between hotels is not the most convenient, in an already inconvenient situation, it’s an option in a pinch.

Delays at Airports – Be Sure to Plan Ahead

The FAA has furloughed over 15,000 employees which include air traffic controllers. This is causing delays at some of the major airports with the potential of trickling down to others. Please keep this in mind as you travel in the coming weeks as this situation continues to have new developments. Here are a few recommendations we have to assist with dealing with these travel challenges.

Here are a few tips as you plan to travel:

  • We recommend you track your flight online prior to heading out to the airport on your airlines website or http://www.flightstats.com/
  • Because safety remains a top priority, allow extra time to clear security.
  • Try to book flights that depart early in the day to allow time to be first in line for another flight in the event your original flight is delayed or cancelled. Monday and Friday are busy travel days, try to book on Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Pack light. If you have to deal with flight delays or cancellations it is best to have your belongings with you.
  • Lastly, pre-charge your phone and tablet. (You’ll thank us for this one later!)