Happy travels my friends. I love flying and guess is so do you. And as a traveler who has been seeing the world for a while. There is a lot of things that I didn’t know. And one of those things was the Best Way To Deal With Delayed or Canceled Flights.
You must likely don’t know either. But don’t worry as your travel guide I am here to make sure that you have this information at your fingertips. So here it is.
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Airlines Do Not Guarantee You Schedule
Most travelers are unaware that airlines do not guarantee their schedules. I know it sounds crazy but honestly, they can’t. If we think about it traveling by airplane is like being at the mercy of the weather. And no one can control the weather no matter how hard they try.
With that being said flights can be canceled or delayed. Leaving you wondering what are the best ways to deal with delayed or canceled flights.
It’s best to be prepared now and know all your rights then to wait till the time of crisis. Here is what you need to know.
Most airlines will rebook your flight if the flight you were supposed to be on becomes delayed or canceled. But the trick to that is to make the first move. The airlines will not call you and nicely ask you to rebook your flight. So act fast.
If you know you are in time crush ask the gate agent to rebook you a flight. BUT DON’T FORGET TO BE KIND. remember the gate agent is not superman they can only do their job. NO MATTER WHAT.
The quicker you make your way to the gate agent and speak to them about rebooking your flight. The more seat will be available. Better yet the chances of you getting on another flight are higher.
WHAT! I get a refund.
Here is something I did not know. If your flight is canceled you are entitled to a refund. However, that refund is only if you choose to cancel your trip. You will get a refund even if you purchased a non-refundable ticket.
Not only do you get your money back for your ticket you also get back baggage fees and extra purchases such as seats and so on.
Of course, not all airlines are jumping for joy at the chance to refund you your money back. Some if not a majority of them will offer you a voucher instead of a refund.
If they do ask about restrictions. Such as blackout dates, expiration dates, adjacency booking requirements, and any other limits.
Another Airline Flight?
Turns out airlines are better friends then we think. If your flight is canceled the airline can put you on another flight from another airline. This is not something that they have to do. But chances are if you ask nicely you might receive a blessing.
The agent can check online and see what flights the other airline has. And if there are available seats. If all things check out they can transfer your ticket.
Just remember that the airline is not required to provide you with money or other compensation for cost outside the canceled airline’s ticket. Each airline has its policy so don’t forget to check them.
If all else fails to ask for the kit
If all else fails and you have to spend the night at the airport. Ask for an amenity kit. If you find yourself stranded go to the airline baggage service office and ask for an amenity kit. I got one from United airlines. It has a toothbrush, sleep mask, lip balm, earplug, lotion and so on.
There you have it, folks. The Best Way To Deal With Delayed or Canceled Flights. Now that you know these things just remember they are not guaranteed. They are options you have available to you at your fingertips.
Also, the best way to get help is to be nice to the counter agent, flight attendance, and those who work there. Kill them with kindness and they will help you the best way that they can. Be mean and kiss your help goodbye.
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