Before Reaching USA
Airline Itinerary and Tips
you have your airline's phone number so you can confirm the tickets.
the address and telephone number to your destination in the USA. Alternate
(neighbors') telephone numbers might be useful, as well.
Understand your itinerary very clearly. An
example itinerary is below. It shows the details such as the airline code, flight number,
starting and ending airports, and date/time. Remember, all times reflect local
AI101 26DEC MUMBAI LONDON 0700 DEP 1000 ARR
AI101 26DEC LONDON NEWYORK 1200 DEP 1710 ARR
The above itinerary has two flights. Due to a time zone change, this might seem like the longest day of your life.
Make definitive plans regarding meeting at your final destination.
Check the timing of the flights a couple of days
prior to your flight. Sometimes flights change after the tickets have
been booked. If you have connecting flights, there is a good possibility
passengers on a cancelled flight will be shifted to an earlier flight to
enable them to make the connection. You may
encounter difficulty and extra charges if your flight
time has been moved up and you missed it because
you were unaware. Typically, the travel agent is
not responsible for alerting you to flight schedule changes, although there are some good travel
agents who do. Those are exceptions, not the norm.
Ask the agent and/or airlines if you need to join the frequent flyer program in advance.
- Plan ahead early enough. Plan for contingencies. Some agents also offer emergency services, so you may want to take their number with you, just in case. If you have a printout/fax of your confirmation number, take it (or copies of it) with you on the trip. It can lend you much credibility if a dispute does arise.