This summer was full of surprises and this included spending about a month in Austria. Whenever you’re booking a rental car or booking a hotel (near the airport), you have the possibility of writing down your flight number and I’ve always skipped over it thinking that it wasn’t important….
My husband was taking one of the budget airlines from Amsterdam to Vienna. It was severely delayed for reasons not disclosed, resulting in him departing around three hours later than he expected. Given that the flight was supposed to get in around
As we were separated, he asked me to verify that he could even get the car,
The rental car clerk told me that because
However, in the case of a delayed flight, the person behind the desk might decide to stay thirty minutes later (if they’re able to) as a courtesy. Luckily, this clerk agreed to at least stick around if he wasn’t too delayed. but warned that he’d be heading home soon if he was too late.
It was getting close to closing and I got a call from Jacob that he was running through the airport. Almost exactly at the moment that the rental car booth was supposed to close, Jacob supposedly arrived at the booth after sprinting through the airport.
They had a good laugh about it and the clerk was happy to go home,
The lesson here is that if you’re flying, always write down your flight number on your hotel reservations or your rental car.
Writing down my flight number saved me once before with a hotel when a flight was canceled multiple days in a row due to weather conditions and I ended up coming in delayed on the second day of a conference. However, I had kept the hotel informed and they saw that my flight was
For a small business, it’s okay to keep them informed by email or by calling,
Be always sure to give this information to relevant parties if you’re traveling. Of course, it’s still good to have travel insurance, but you don’t want to be on the hook for hundreds (or thousands) worth of a prepaid bill for a hotel or car that was voided as you didn’t show up in time.
You have no idea what can happen, good and bad, while you’re traveling. Safe travels and I hope that this post helps you prevent a bad situation from happening!