Winter storm flight delays and cancellations: These apps could help

With a massive winter storm wreaking havoc on much of North America just as the holiday season begins, you may have a better-than-average chance of experiencing delays.

Thousands of flights are either delayed or already canceled due to the storm, and even if conditions improve, airlines will still be busy getting passengers where they need to go.

It’s good to be prepared for possible delays, whether before or in the middle of your trip. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to help you stay connected and alleviate some of the frustrations of travel delays.


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FlightAware, FlightStats to check your flight status

Of course, many major airlines have their own apps that you can use to check the status of your upcoming flights, including delays and cancellations. But there are also stand-alone apps that are particularly useful for smaller airlines.

FlightAware tracks all flights arriving and departing from an airport, even freight companies like UPS or private jet charters like NetJets, so you can get an overall picture of how things are going, even if your particular flight is ok right now.

flight statistics is similar, albeit with fewer bells and whistles, while FlightRadar24 is geared more towards checking current skies and landings and takeoffs.

flighty is more of a personal assistant for passengers, with options like “Where’s my plane” alerts, connection info, and even baggage claim details. Currently Flighty offers free flight for first time users and the annual fee is $49.99.

Stuck in an airport for a while? Can also look around

While it’s bad to miss a connection because of a delayed flight—really bad, like in Call Your Airline Bad—it’s no fun being stuck in an unfamiliar airport either. But if you have time at an airport, there are several airport map apps.


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trippie breaks down airports where to find groceries near you along with airport maps by accessing airport websites. It also has flight tracking and a way to check how long those pesky lines are at TSA checkpoints.

How to check your airport lounge options

OK, you’ve got a few hours to kill, it turns out. Why not visit one of those airport lounges your more travel-savvy friends are talking about?

with LoungeBuddy, you can track which lounges are located at this airport and where they are located, along with the cost. They also give you details about what they offer – from WiFi to food and drinks.

You can then book a pass to that lounge via the app (although in some cases eligibility requirements apply, such as if you are a frequent flyer club member or credit card holder).

Hungry? With Grab, you don’t have to wait in line

There is also the point when you arrive at the airport hungry and in a hurry because your stay is too short. While, yes, trail mix at an airport store is an option, right? For real?

An app called at several airports To grab has a solution – order in advance. The app allows you to order food to be waiting for you when you arrive.

The Grab app tells you what you can order, where the restaurant is located, and how long it takes for your food to be ready.

Check if the airport you are flying into or out of uses the Grab app. Some airports use independent ordering services, so it’s good to inquire in advance. Winter storm flight delays and cancellations: These apps could help

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