Heavy snow fell from Maryland to New England over the weekend, making it difficult for many air travelers to get to where they needed to go. There really is no "best" time to fly because inclement weather occurs throughout the year. So what can you do to try to deal with flight delays and cancellations? I've done a little research and found these tips:
Take morning flights.
I've found that booking morning flights means a lower liklihood for delays and cancellation, and that's generally because of the effects of inclement weather as the day goes on. If you book a morning flight, it might also be easier to get a seat on a flight leaving later that day.
Attempt to reroute connections.
If you find that your connecting flight is facing delays, try to change your flight prior to that connection. This isn't always easy, of course, but if you check the weather in your connecting city before you leave for your airport, you might be able to avoid a long delay or cancellation.
Take care of your lodgings ASAP.
If you find yourself unable to avoid a layover, make your calls for accommodations right away. This works if you find your connecting flight being cancelled or delayed as well. You'll have better odds finding lodging if you call ahead rather than if you wait until you get there.
It seems obvious, but make sure to pack your valuables and any medications you will need in your carry-on luggage. If you've already checked your bags and experience a delay or cancellation, you may not be able to get to it (it may not even be in the same city as you!), so make sure you keep what's important with you at all times.
Some Travel Links:
Independent Traveler (includes lots of great travel tips)
Flying in Europe (information on flight delays and/or cancellations in Europe)
FAA (information on flight delays and cancellations in the U.S.)
Canadian Weather Office (information on flight delays and cancellations in Canada)