Here’s What to Do If Your Flight Gets Canceled

by Hannah Heser
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Can you imagine families not being together for Christmas? Flights across the country are delayed or canceled due to severe weather, issues with security, or other obstacles.

According to travel.usnews, 2019 saw n, 1.9% of scheduled flights canceled. Additionally, 21% of flights faced delays by more than 15 minutes. More recently, American Airlines and Delta announced hundreds of flights canceled at Christmas time.

So what should you do if you find yourself in a real-life “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles?” Well, not to fret, we have you covered. Here are the best things you can do to turn around that bad situation.

What to Do If Your Flight Cancels

First of all, it’s important to always stay up-to-date with flight notifications. How will you know if your flight changes without them? Each airline has an app that makes traveling so much easier. Being that late-night flights can affect your travel even more, this is a must-have!

On the day of your travel, travel.usnews warns people to check the status of their flight online or through apps like FlightAware Flight Tracker and TripIt Pro. Generally, timing is everything when it comes to travel.

Next, it’s important to know the passenger’s rights on a domestic flight. Meaning that, it’s up to you to get on the right flight and accomodate your needs, but airlines will still help if needed.

The article reports a statement from the founder and chief advocacy officer of Elliot Advocacy, Chris Elliot.

“If the delay happens to be from a mechanical issue, check your airline’s contract of carriage,” he says. “The legal agreement between you and the airline will show the details on your rights aboard the plane.”

Although, if the delay or cancellation happens to be a weather issue or another form of inoperation, the airline staff will likely help you out. Additionally, some people choose to go out of the country for the holidays. If this is the case, you must research a passenger’s rights on international flights.

The chief legal officer or AirHelp, Christian Nielsen, goes over the steps to take in an international emergency.

“A European law known as EC 261 requires airlines to reimburse passengers up to $700 for other delays that are more than three hours long,” Nielsen states. “The law also ensures passengers to receive refunds if their boarding is denied.”

Furthermore, AirHelp and other services are here to help your travel experiences remain safe and easy.

More Tips on How to Deal With This Situation

But what else can you do to help your situation? Follow these tips to help turn things around.

  • Act quickly when you learn of a delay or cancellation.
  • Use pro tips to rebook your preferred itinerary.
  • Maintain a positive attitude with customer service personnel.
  • Get an airforce refund when it’s your best option.
  • Check credit cards for travel perks.
  • Count on your travel advisors assistance.
  • Consider using travel insurance to cover any additional costs. Sometimes they are not refundable.
  • Avoid checking your luggage to remain flexible. It’s hard enough to make sure your belongings are on the same flight.

Finally, never let flight delays and cancellations ruin an exciting trip, especially around the holidays. Be patient.