The holiday season is a busy time of year for a variety of businesses, and airlines are no exception. The day before Thanksgiving is recognized as “the busiest travel day of the year” and with December overflowing with holiday gatherings and extravagant New Years Eve celebrations, you can be sure that airports will be packed with people and flights at maximum capacity.
What that being said, any smart traveler will be prepared for flight delays and even the possible cancellation. As a San Diego hotel near the airport, we know how many airlines use our city as a layover destination and want travelers to know what they can do to handle a delayed or cancelled flight in San Diego!
The San Diego International Airport has recently undergone major renovations, creating a Zen-like atmosphere for those traveling in and out of terminal 2. With new shops, local restaurants and even an on-site spa, the airport has taken travel experience to a whole new level, trading layover horror to terminal bliss. However, for those not traveling internationally out of terminal 2, your options are still less than favorable with only a few minor updates to dining options.
So what will help you survive a layover in San Diego? First, pack your electronics and your chargers in your carry-on. There’s nothing worse than having your phone’s battery die with your charger stowed in your checked luggage. The San Diego Airport offers complimentary Wi-Fi and there are charging stations and outlets throughout the terminal so you can surf the web, catch up on emails or watch a movie while waiting for your flight. If you’re bored and want to pick up a keepsake to remember your short San Diego stint, Baja Books and Passport in Terminal 1 are good choices for local San Diego beach themed gifts. They might not offer much beyond your ordinary airport shops, but browsing will definitely help pass the time.
For those delayed by a few hours or longer, you may have time to explore a bit of San Diego. Liberty Station is home to a variety of restaurants including the new Stone Brewery and the USS Midway and Marina District are only a few minutes’ drive. Hail a taxi outside the airport and for about $10, head to San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter and grab a quick bite while walking down the historic 5th and 6th streets. Also, check with your airline and see if they can forward travel updates to your cell phone. This way if there are any changes in your flight schedule, you can rest assured you won’t miss your boarding, further delaying your holiday travels.
If your flight is unfortunately delayed overnight, know that airlines might not provide you with accommodations. Generally speaking, travelers will only be reimbursed if there are mechanical problems. Travel that is delayed overnight due to weather is considered out of the airline’s control, and typically requires passengers to find and pay for their own overnight lodging. Also be aware that San Diego has a “no fly” policy after 11:30pm, meaning no flights are allowed to depart from the airport after said time.
If you are in need of an affordable place to stay to accommodate a cancelled or delayed flight in San Diego, contact the Pacific Inn located a few miles from the airport. Our nightly rates are available year round, even during the busy holiday season and we always have a variety of hotel promotions so be sure to ask about current deals for additional savings. We understand delayed travel can be stressful and want to help make the process of finding a clean and cheap hotel last minute as hassle and headache-free as possible. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve a room or suite!