Pre-Covid, flying was fun tolerable.

If you fly all the time for work, I'm sure it gets old quickly. Delays, screaming kids, and long layovers in random airports aren't fun for anyone. However, I fly maybe once a year.  And when I'm flying somewhere, 99.9% of the time it's because I'm going somewhere fun. I don't mind a delay, some turbulence, and ridiculous add-on fees, because hey, I'm traveling somewhere different to do enjoyable things. As much as I love Montana, it's nice to get away once in a while.

Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash
Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash
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Canceled flight? Not so much.

I've never had a flight cancel (knock on wood) but it happens a lot, especially with understaffed airlines and never-ending disruptions in the airline travel industry. In fact, two in three travelers think that flight cancellations have become the "new norm", according to a recent press release from FamilyDestinationGuide.com. Our contributor Rachel shared flashbacks from a recent trip,

Reminds me of when I sat in Denver for 16 hours sleeping on the floor overnight and wasn't given a dime or the time of day from any agent for my delay.

Not fun.

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Photo by Michael Foth, Townsquare Media
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Everybody's got a price, right?

You may have heard about the London couple who were compensated approximately $1,100 for their 18-hour delay with United Airlines, but most of the time the airlines are notoriously stingy. Family Travel Guide published this Interactive Map which shows the minimum price fliers from each state would accept if their flight was canceled. In Montana, we'd be happy with $436.94. Folks in Delaware would be happy with a measly $83.

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Photo by Michael Foth, Townsquare Media
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Hop in, let's drive.

They noted that 53% of Montanans said they're more likely to drive to their destination vs. fly and 65% of us believe the Department of Transportation isn't doing enough to fix the airline delay and cancellation problems. Buckle up, my friend we're driving this time.

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