The Easy Trick You Can Use to Predict If Your Flight Will Be Delayed

You'll never waste time waiting at the airport gate again.

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Getting caught in an insane flight delay probably isn’t how you imagined starting (or ending!) your big vacation. Sure, you can always find a few ways to make the most of a delay or layover if you do find yourself with a few hours to kill. But to avoid that wasted time altogether, seasoned jet-setters use one basic trick, according to BoardingArea blogger Dan Miller.

Travelers can track their plane’s status via tools like FlightAware.com or the GateGuru app, Fox News reports. Using navigation data from military and government agencies as well as radar signals from around the world, FlightAware can determine the current position of your inbound flight. Simply enter your flight information and click “Where is my plane now?” and the site will show you if your plane has arrived at its gate—or if you’ll be waiting around for a flight that’s behind schedule. Even with the most expensive flights in the world, don’t be surprised if you’re stuck in the airport.

While the timing of your aircraft’s arrival might not be exact (especially if the plane is flying on a polar route or above an ocean), the website can still gauge whether or not your flight will depart at its original time. Here are 16 more air travel tips you should know before your next flight.

That’s not the only thing you can do to minimize your airport wait time, though. If you’re serious about reaching your destination on schedule, book a ticket with one of the least delayed airlines—and make sure it’s during the best time of day to fly, too. Next, don’t miss these 13 travel secrets only flight attendants know.

[Source: Fox News]

Brooke Nelson
Brooke Nelson is a researcher at PBS FRONTLINE in Boston, Massachusetts, and writes regularly about travel, health, and culture news for Reader’s Digest. Previously she was a staff writer at Reader's Digest. Her articles have also appeared on MSN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance, among other sites. She earned a BA in international relations from Hendrix College. Follow her on Twitter @BrookeTNelson.