American Airlines Holiday Flight Cancelled? Megabus Will Get You Where You Need to Go (For Free)

Megabus
Megabus

Thousands of travelers’ holiday plans are up in the air following a glitch in American Airlines’s scheduling system. According to CNBC, a computer error allowed pilots to take vacation days around Christmas, one of the busiest times of year for flying. As the airline clambers to fill the empty pilot seats on scheduled flights, Megabus is stepping in with its own solution. The bus company is promising free tickets to would-be flyers whose plans were affected by the oversight.

The bus tickets come with no conditions and at no cost to riders. The only requirement to redeem them is email proof that your flight, scheduled between December 14 and December 31, 2017, was cancelled because of the airline glitch. After forwarding the cancellation email to inquiries@megabus.com, along with your request for tickets, the company will help you get where you need to be. "The holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially traveling," Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs at Megabus's parent company Coach USA told Mental Floss. "For those who found themselves with a cancelled flight, Megabus will provide a free trip to get you to your destination within our extensive national network."

Megabus makes stops in major cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, and Dallas. Passengers traveling in the northeast can even go as far north as Toronto. Megabus routes are limited by region, so anyone going a good deal out of their way for the holidays will have trouble getting there by bus alone. If you have no choice but to book a replacement flight this season, you better act fast: The price of average round-trip holiday airfare only gets more expensive between now and December 25.

This Amazing Travel Wallet Can Hold Your Passport and Keep You Organized on the Go

Amazon
Amazon

Traveling is the ultimate test of one’s organizational skills. There’s a lot to keep track of—including your passport, driver’s license, boarding passes, credit cards, and possibly several types of currency—and it helps to have a wallet that can handle it all.

That’s where the Zoppen travel passport wallet comes in. As Travel + Leisure points out, this $14 wallet on Amazon’s Most Wished For list has more than 1800 five-star reviews, making it one of the best travel wallets you can get on a budget. There’s a compartment for just about everything, including your phone, passport, pen, oversized travel documents, and those tiny SIM cards (for prepaid phone plans) that are so easy to lose.

Plus, it may provide some peace of mind if you own any contactless credit cards with RFID chips (the cards often have a radio wave symbol on them). The wallet contains RFID-blocking technology, which means your credit card information will be safe from “skimmers.” (Though most U.S. credit cards have EMV chips, those in other countries are more likely to have RFID chips, according to NPR.)

The wallet is made from artificial leather and comes in 33 different colors (though some colors have a slightly higher price). And if extra space for your plastic is important to you, you can shell out an extra dollar for the Version 5 wallet, which has four additional credit card slots.

Want more tips on how to get organized for your next big trip? Check out our guides to crafting the perfect itinerary and packing like a pro.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Harry Potter Fans Can Have Dinner at Hogwarts This Christmas

big-ashb via Flickr // CC BY 2.0
big-ashb via Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Fans who have ever dreamed of a Hogwarts Christmas now simply need to make their way to London to experience it. Through January 27, 2019, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is hosting a festive "Hogwarts in the Snow" event, where visitors can recreate some of the Wizarding World's most memorable moments.

According to the Warner Bros. Studio website:

"The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. You will get a taste of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles, and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball."

Though it may not be exactly like attending the Yule Ball that was thrown at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Harry and the gang, the studio's epic holiday party will make it feel pretty close. An orchestra will play as attendees feast on a grand two-course dinner in the Great Hall and drink Butterbeer, and you'll gain exclusive entry to the Studio Tour.

After dinner, dessert and drinks will be served as guests travel through the sets from the Harry Potter film series, including the Gryffindor common room, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾.

Though The Weird Sisters will not be in attendance, we can pretty much guarantee you'll have a better night than Harry, Hermione, and Ron did at the Yule Ball.

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