Summer travel tips

July 7, 2022

Summer travel tips

The UCOP Central Travel Office has communicated that there has been a rise in travel over recent months. Industry experts and travel suppliers across airlines, car rental companies, hotels, and travel agencies note that while travel is high, the staffing shortages are real and have led to widespread issues, such as:

  • Increase in airline cancellations, schedule changes and delays (including pilot shortages). 

  • Long lines at car rental agencies, delays checking into hotels and even extended hold times with airlines and travel agencies.

The cost of airfare, car rentals and hotels continues to increase substantially worldwide. Which makes it even more important to take advantage of UC’s negotiated discounts with most major travel suppliers. Please review the following for additional tips to hopefully make your Summer travel smooth and uneventful. UCOP’s Video Library also has recorded sessions that explore some of these in more detail.

  • Plan and book ahead as much as possible. For rental cars, In addition to some of the largest discounts of any type that ConnexUC offers, you can also bypass those long lines at most airport car rental counters by making sure you’ve signed up for one of the car rental agency’s premier-level memberships, which are complimentary when booking through ConnexUC. They allow you, at most airports, to go straight to your car and drive off.

  • Book your airline travel through ConnexUC, and many of our partner airlines offer access to preferred seats, priority boarding, priority status to avoid getting bumped on overbooked flights and priority status for rebooking when a flight is canceled. Review all the benefits on the UCOP travel page.   Also, consider signing up for mileage and loyalty programs with any airline or hotel you plan on booking. This may not provide you full protection but could be the difference between those who are “members” and those who are not. 

  • Arrive early to provide enough time for TSA/Passport/Custom lines at the airport. Some airports are recommending arrival at least 3 hours prior to domestic departure and 4 hours prior to international departure.  https://www.faa.gov/travelers/prepare_fly/

  • Remember that if you are having difficulty dealing directly with an airline, hotel or rental car agency that you booked through ConnexUC, then don’t hesitate to reach out to the ConnexUC agency that you booked your original reservation through. They are there to advocate on your behalf. 

  • Book the first flight of the day out to your destination (delays compound throughout the day) and if possible, book the nonstop flights.

  • Take note of airline schedule changes, but do not act on them immediately, unless your flight is within a couple of days of the change - allow yourself time to research your options from full cancellations to destination changes to airline switches.