Tips for Flight Cancellations
Pre-flight Preparation Tips
A canceled flight is at best a nuisance and at worst an expensive headache. Luckily, a little pre-flight preparation can help you be ready for a cancellation.
Before a Cancellation
Flight cancellations are unpredictable, and being mindful of the possibility of one can help your travels go more smoothly. Here are some storm tips for air travel that will make an unexpected cancellation due to inclement weather less of a hassle:
- Keep luggage to a minimum. Retrieving checked luggage after a cancellation can be time-consuming.
- Avoid flying during bad weather if you can.
- Try to avoid layovers. Even if the weather was great when you took off, you might run into a flight-delaying storm in another city.
After a Cancellation
If your flight is canceled, there are a few things you can do to make rescheduling a little easier. You may want to call the airline directly rather than waiting in line to book another flight. Depending on how many flights are canceled, this may or may not be faster than waiting in line. Calling in as soon as you receive notice of the canceled flight will speed up the process, so make sure you have the number of the airline stored in your phone or in another easily-accessible place. While you are waiting on hold or waiting in line, it is a good idea to check your airline’s cancellation policy. You may be eligible for some form of compensation which can help pay for meals and lodging while you wait on the next available flight. The most important thing you can do, though, is practice patience. Staying calm will make the experience more pleasant for you, your travel companions and the staff you interact with.
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