Reality Check: Emergency Travel

Here’s your reality check for the day.  If someone at home were to die today, would you be able to pay for travel home without worrying?  Keep in mind that last-minute tickets can be much more expensive than advance purchase fares.

If an emergency does occur, you don’t want to be worrying about money.  Be sure you have enough in your emergency fund to cover travel for your family to the most expensive place you might need to go.  I can’t imagine anything worse than not being able to travel to a family emergency because you didn’t have the financial resources.

If you don’t have the money right now, use this as good incentive to build up your emergency fund.  Even $20 per paycheck will add up eventually.  Don’t procrastinate, because stuff happens.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Thanks, Kate. Military Saves Week– indeed!

    An airline may extend their bereavement fares to seriously ill/injured family or relatives. It’s always worth a phone call to their customer service before booking the ticket.

    • Kate

      Good point, Doug. Has that ever worked for you? We’ve always found better fares on last-minute sites, but it is good to try all the options.

      • The-Military-Guide

        In 2011 it was a few bucks better and a big time-saver. (One call, quick transaction, no searching.) Today I’d check a last-minute fare site and then call the airline to see what they can do.