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Here’s What to Do If You Are Involuntarily Bumped from a Flight

If the highly publicized United Airlines dragging taught us anything,, it’s that getting bumped from your flight is a very real possibility, no matter who you are or what you do — and it’s a situation that can get out of hand in the blink of an eye.

I personally try to protect myself by using credit card points to book first class flights, where airlines are much less likely to bump passengers.

But the majority of my flights and yours are not going to be first class, so we prepared a guide to deal with what to do if you are bumped from a flight.

First, know your rights.

As a passenger, you have rights. It is up to you to not only know those rights, but to take the proper steps to act on them if the situation should arise.

See, there is a very strict set of federal Department of Transportation rules that govern how airlines should treat customers when a flight is overbooked.

We’ve outlined some of the most important ones down below to get you started.

  • They must first ask for volunteers. Before airlines can choose who to remove from a flight, they must first ask if anyone is willing to give up their seats for (sometimes hefty!) compensation.
  • You should receive a written statement of your rights. This will tell you not only why you are being bumped, but what you are receiving in return.
  • You must be rebooked. If you are involuntarily removed and this is going to cause you to be more than 1 hour late to your intended destination, you will be compensated generously for your inconvenience.

Now that we’ve taken care of your rights, it is important to know what steps you should take if you find yourself in this situation. There are few things scarier than feeling like you’ve been stranded at a random airport, so having a game plan probably isn’t the absolute worst idea in the world.

It is a simple fact that airline loyalty members almost never get booted off of flights, so you may want to keep that in mind the next time you fly with your favorite airline. If it does happen to you, however, we have one rule that rises above the rest:

Don’t argue with the crew.

This rule cannot be stressed enough. Although getting booted off of a flight totally sucks, it isn’t worth paying the fine that could come along with it.

According to the FAA, unruly passengers can receive up to $25,000 in fines.

At the end of the day, getting to your destination just isn’t worth the headache, the monetary losses, and the potential danger it could cause. Take the compensation they’re offering and head out peacefully.

How To Deal With Dental Care While Traveling

You’ve planned your perfect vacation and you’re dreaming of a beautiful holiday in an exotic location – everything has been booked from your hotels, to your flights but have you given a thought about your dental care? This is one point that is often overlooked by many and if you face any dental issues on your trip, your entire holiday may be ruined. Here are a few tips of how you can deal with any Dental issues while traveling.

Make an appointment with your dental care provider before you leave: It’s important to get a quick dental check up with your trusted dentist at Yaletown Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry before you head off for your holiday. If required, get your teeth cleaned but avoid getting any major dental treatments done just before your trip. Let your dentist know you’ll be travelling and ask them for any advice as well.

What do you do if your crown comes out? You may think that this is a nightmare that could cut your holiday short, but there is a remedy to this problem. Firstly, you should make sure that the area is clean of any food debris and the next step would be to check where to reinsert your crown in the correct position to avoid shifting and other problems later. Once the area has been cleaned thoroughly and you are sure of where to place the crown, place a small amount of over the counter temporary dental cement paste which should be available at your nearest drug store. Place the crown over the paste and bite down gently to ensure the crown has been properly placed.

Lost your dental filling? This is also a common problem but the most important point is to ensure that the exposed area is always covered so that food debris does not enter. You can purchase certain products which may act as temporary dental fillings form your nearest drug store but if nothing is available, you can also use sugar free gum or wax.

Lose a tooth? You may get into a situation where your tooth falls out. If there’s no dentist in sight, make sure you locate the fallen tooth and handle it carefully by avoiding touching the roots. Holding it by the crown, wash it so that no dirt remains but avoid scrubbing the tooth and place it into a glass of cold milk to preserve it. Then you search for the nearest dentist.

Got a fractured tooth? The first thing you do is to clean the area thoroughly with warm water and place sterile gauze on the tooth, covering it so that no air can access it. Avoid allowing cool liquids to touch your fractured tooth as well. Get a frozen bag of veggies or anything in your freezer or use a cold compress to decrease any swelling that may occur. Visit a dentist as soon as possible.

While there are many scenarios that may occur, you should always maintain good oral hygiene and avoid sugary drinks which are extremely bad for your teeth. Being on holiday, you may not be able to completely avoid sugary drinks but consciously keeping your sugary liquid intake at a minimum will have your teeth thanking you later. As with all dental issues, do ask your hotel concierge or call your insurance hotline to find your nearest dentist.

Best Cities to Visit in Australia

A trip to Australia is a real bucket-list winner, but there are a lot of destinations to choose from. The nature of the country’s layout means that you often have to pick just one city to visit, as there is such a long travelling time between them. So with that in mind, how do you pick the city to visit? Here are some of the best, as well as the reasons why you should give them a try.

Sydney

What’s not to love about Sydney? The most iconic sights in Australia are here, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall and the Harbour Bridge. There are plenty of hotel options in Sydney to choose from as this is the premier destination for tourists in Australia. There’s a thriving foodie scene as well as bars and pubs as far as the eye can see. You can take a tour around the harbour on a boat, or enjoy the nightlife with some new Aussie friends. There’s also Bondi Beach just around the corner for a day spent lying on the sun – or surfing the waves. Sydney has a little bit of everything, and if it’s culture that you want, look no further than the museums and art galleries that dot the city. It’s perfect for just about any kind of traveller.

Melbourne

Melbourne is another strong contender for being the number one holiday destination in Australia. The independent coffee stores of this city will rival any in the world, and you can be sure to find foodie treats galore as well. Museums, art galleries, zoos, and more all contribute to making it one of the most exciting destinations to go for. You can pick up fresh produce at farmer’s markets, or browse shopping malls for designer gear. There’s a real rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney which goes back a long way – now’s your chance to figure out for yourself which one of them is the most appealing.

 

 

Canberra

Why not consider going to the capital of Australia for your holiday? It is chronically underappreciated, especially when you consider how unique it is. The city was built purposefully to be a capital, and it shows in the neat layout as well as the plentiful areas of greenery. There are a lot of monuments and important historic buildings to see here, as well as all of the normal attractions of any city – nightlife, food, entertainment, culture, and museums. There’s definitely more to Canberra than you may have been led to believe, so don’t rule it out just yet.

Cairns

If you like sunshine all year round, even in the winter, then Cairns can provide it. The waterfront is beautiful and is right next to the city centre, with a saltwater lagoon complete with sandy beach for your sunbathing and swimming needs. All in the same precinct you can find cafes, bars, restaurants, play areas for the kids, skate parks, volleyball courts, and more – all of the entertainment you could need for the day. You can also head up into the hills for rainforest views and amazing experiences in nature. This is all without mentioning the markets, zoos, museums, aquariums, shopping centres, and so on – all found in this thriving modern city.

Brisbane

There’s another artificial beach in Brisbane, to counteract the fact that there are bull sharks in the river – a manmade set of pools where families come to enjoy a barbecue on their days off. You can climb the Kangaroo Cliffs or go for a run at Kangaroo Point, and stroll around with a picnic on the beautiful parkland in the city. Nights out are a lot of fun here, and there is art and culture to be found in the streets. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an absolute highlight of Brisbane that you won’t want to miss – a favourite with travellers and locals alike, it’s the place to go if you want to cuddle a koala.

With so many options to choose from, you are definitely going to have your work cut out for you. You might just find that you end up booking more than one holiday in Australia – after all, it would be rude not to try them all.