What to Do When Your Flight Gets Cancelled

Winter Storm Jonas hit, shutting down most of the East coast. It has even caused the NY State Governor to issue a travel ban on roads. Whether it’s rain, snow, sleet, or fog, unfortunately, bad weather for travelers means cancelled or delayed flights. If you ever plan to travel during times of inclement weather, here are three easy tips on what you can do when your flight gets cancelled or delayed.

Check with the Airline

If you even suspect the weather may cancel or delay your flight, call the airline right away. They may even call you to schedule a flight later in the day or the next morning. Just be mindful of the phone number or email that you provide during booking so you don’t miss the re-booking. If you’re already at the airport and the flight is cancelled, try calling and waiting on the line to speak to a representative at the same time. You should be able to work with whoever you get in contact with first.

Ask for Compensation

Make sure you know the airline’s cancellation policy so you can get proper compensation. You may be able to get a full reimbursement. If you’re on a delayed flight for over a certain amount of time, airlines can issue meal vouchers, hotel stays, or both.

Book a Hotel

If you aren’t booked for the next flight, not a fan of staying in the airport overnight, or can’t get accommodations from the airline, book a place to stay for the night. Use sites like Expedia, Priceline, Booking.com, or apps like Hotel Tonight to see where you can get a room for the night. Rooms closest to the airport usually book quick, so the sooner you can get a room, the better.

Have Travel Insurance

Even though these tips are helpful, it’s always best to get travel insurance. Spending any amount of money on a trip and getting nothing back is very depressing. Do your research and see which insurance options work best for you.

What tips do you have for cancelled or delayed flights? Share them below.

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  1. The part about knowing your refund policy- yes! I would also add to prepare to bring a pillow or blanket or something for being ‘trapped’ in the airport; gotta stay comfort (and on a budget) somehow! zaakirahnayyar.com

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