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Old 06-28-2015, 11:26 AM
 
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Will be moving back to Sioux Falls to retire late fall. My goal is to be taking some extended vacations during Nov- thru Feb. nothing in stone but want to be gone a lot in Jan and Feb.

1. How often are flights cancelled because of the weather ( I'd most likely be flying West ) during Jan and Feb.
2. If cancelled, how long does it take before they are up and running again?
3. What do any of you do who have international trip plans during that timeframe ( say Asia) to make it most likely you can get depart with minimal disruption because of weather? Leave yourself two days and stay on the West Coast for two days , etc?

I'm just concerned particularly if one books a flight to, say, Hong Kong, that the delay in SFalls because of weather screws up things. Maybe the answer is to book the foreign trip then book a trip to say LA or San Fran sometime a week or so before so you are pretty sure you can get out of Sioix Falls?

Thanks.
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Old 06-28-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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Travel 1-3 days prior to the international flight. Get travel insurance. If possible, book domestic and international flights with the same airline, or at least a code share arrangement. Get flights as close to non stop as possible. Cross your fingers and let go of worrying about it 'cause there's nothing else you can do.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:04 PM
 
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Travel 1-3 days prior to the international flight. Get travel insurance. If possible, book domestic and international flights with the same airline, or at least a code share arrangement. Get flights as close to non stop as possible. Cross your fingers and let go of worrying about it 'cause there's nothing else you can do.
Ah, good ideas. Thx. With code share...or same airline, will they honor if I book in Sioix Falls on a Tuesday, for example, and I book same airline for Hong Kong out of SFO on a Friday, would the same airline honor it if I got snowed in from Sioux Falls through Friday?
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:14 PM
 
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Ah, good ideas. Thx. With code share...or same airline, will they honor if I book in Sioix Falls on a Tuesday, for example, and I book same airline for Hong Kong out of SFO on a Friday, would the same airline honor it if I got snowed in from Sioux Falls through Friday?
Only if your ticket/fare allows a stop over. (Generally most ticket don't allow that long of a "Connection", it would be come a stop over, and very few fare classes allow that anymore)

If you book, on Code Shared airline on "One" ticket, If your flight out of FSD is delayed/re-scheduled the airline will re-book your on a later flight out of FSD and re-book you on "new" flight out of your connecting city (SFO) (They also might change your connecting city to different one that will fly you ) to Hong Kong (HKG).


If you buy 1 ticket for from FSD to XXX, then a different ticket from XXX to HKG , you are on your own, to the airline they are two unrelated ticket. IF your inbound flight is late/canceled/delayed by days, has no bearing on the next flight as they are not connected.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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Only if your ticket/fare allows a stop over. (Generally most ticket don't allow that long of a "Connection", it would be come a stop over, and very few fare classes allow that anymore)

If you book, on Code Shared airline on "One" ticket, If your flight out of FSD is delayed/re-scheduled the airline will re-book your on a later flight out of FSD and re-book you on "new" flight out of your connecting city (SFO) (They also might change your connecting city to different one that will fly you ) to Hong Kong (HKG).


If you buy 1 ticket for from FSD to XXX, then a different ticket from XXX to HKG , you are on your own, to the airline they are two unrelated ticket. IF your inbound flight is late/canceled/delayed by days, has no bearing on the next flight as they are not connected.
Makes sense. Thanks.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:13 PM
 
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Only if your ticket/fare allows a stop over. (Generally most ticket don't allow that long of a "Connection", it would be come a stop over, and very few fare classes allow that anymore)

If you book, on Code Shared airline on "One" ticket, If your flight out of FSD is delayed/re-scheduled the airline will re-book your on a later flight out of FSD and re-book you on "new" flight out of your connecting city (SFO) (They also might change your connecting city to different one that will fly you ) to Hong Kong (HKG).


If you buy 1 ticket for from FSD to XXX, then a different ticket from XXX to HKG , you are on your own, to the airline they are two unrelated ticket. IF your inbound flight is late/canceled/delayed by days, has no bearing on the next flight as they are not connected.
Will they re-schedule even for a weather delay as long as I'm with same airline?
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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Yes,

The Airline you are flying out of FSD (more likely you will need to call there call center 800 number, if there is a problem). Will AutoRebook you on the next available flight (That does NOT mean the next flight) that has seats on it, then book new seats on all your connecting flights onward.

Quick look at FSD website it looks like all the airlines are there Regional Partners, they will take you to the MainLine Hub At MSP or DEN/ORD or DFW. From the hub city they will put you on get you back on track.


As for your other question, Odds of getting canceled, I Honestly don't know the weather patterns/cancellation rates for FSD, But a Good Storm can screw up crews/plane position for a day or two as they get all the planes/crews back in sync.

But on the good news side, being international will move your up in the re-booking sequence programs the airlines use to pick who get the open seats on new flights, Since there are less flights to international cites then domestic cites, the software should score you a bit higher in getting a seat.

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Old 06-29-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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There is no way to predict how often you will face weather delays or how long those delays will last. There are dozens of factors involved, not least of which is just how cold and snowy/icy the season turns out to be. Airports in very snowy areas tend to be better equipped with plows and deicing trucks, so they can recover a bit faster than airports in less snowy areas. The type of snow matters too - dry powdery snow is easier to deal with than wet snow. Ice is a deal breaker - no planes are going to take off if there is freezing rain. No matter how well your home airport handles snow, if there is a snow storm elsewhere in the country, it can throw everything else off. Flying Delta and there's snow in Atlanta? It almost doesn't matter where you are or where you're going, you will have a delay.

The best thing to do is to make sure you have reasonable connection times (1+ hour) to accommodate short delays, and try to keep all flights on a single reservation to support recovery from longer delays. When weather starts causing cancellations and missed connections, the airlines prioritize who gets rebooked and when based on status, fare class, and destination. Generally, winter storms are predictable, and airlines will open their system to fee-free rescheduling when they know a storm is going to disrupt the system. If it looks like a storm is going to impact your travel, check with the airline a few days out and they will likely let you change your flight to leave earlier or later than planned by a few days.
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