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Posted on January 29, 2018

How to Manage Flight Delays and Travel Headaches

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Travel is a fun and interesting experience for people around the globe – but it isn’t always completely predictable. While you can plan ahead with ideas of what your itinerary will look like, and even choose your preferred travel times when booking your plane, there’s never a guarantee that everything will go as you expect.

The more people continue to use airports as a method of exploring the world, the more common delays and cancellations become. After all, congestion can lead to a host of problems that leave some airlines backed up for days! When you add in issues like storms, political uncertainty, and mechanical malfunctions, you end up with a huge selection of things that could disrupt your journey.

So, how do you handle the headache of flight delays?jh2a2699-1

1. Be the First to Know When a Flight is Cancelled

Every minute counts when it comes to dealing with flight delays. The faster you come to terms with your situation, the quicker you can be on the phone to your travel company of choice, searching for an alternative way to reach your destination. With that in mind, it’s worth downloading applications on your smartphone and setting up alerts that will keep you informed about what’s happening with your airline.

Many modern airline websites allow passengers to sign up for a free account that will provide guidance and information on trip alterations. However, it’s worth noting that sometimes third-party apps can be faster and more effective than the airlines themselves. Make sure that you consider all your options before deciding.

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2. Know What You Can Get from Your Airline

Getting a refund or compensation in the United States is much harder than getting money back in Europe or the UK. It’s worth noting that in many circumstances, if you’re flying inside of the US, then you’re not going to get anything back from the airline if something goes wrong. However, this isn’t the case if you’re removed from an airline involuntarily.

In many states, airlines will often over-book their flights to make sure that they still have a full vehicle when some people don’t turn up on time. However, in the occasion where everyone arrives for their flight on time, this means that the airline needs to start kicking people off the plane. While some companies will offer you freebies to give up your seat, if no-one volunteers for removal, someone will have to be switched to another flight against their will. This opens the door for compensation.

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3. Know Whether You Want to be Refunded, or Rebooked

Depending on the circumstances in question, and the airline that you eventually choose to fly with, there’s a good chance that you’ll have a choice between either being “rebooked” on an alternative flight or given your money back, so you can make your own way home. What you decide to do in this situation is up to you, but it’s worth noting that being re-booked often means you’ll get to your destination faster.

Keep in mind that you can always offer to help the airline out with the rebooking process if you have nothing else to do. Grab your smartphone and browse online for information about connecting flights from your location that will take you to your chosen location. Remember that these flights don’t necessarily need to be with your original airline. Some companies will be happy to get you booked with a different organization altogether provided that the seat prices are basically the same.

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4. Make the Most of your Extra Time

Finally, if you’ve done your research, called the airline and made sure that you know everything that there is to know about your traveler rights, then the last thing you need to do is calm down, and give yourself some time to relax. Although dealing with delays and cancellations can be stressful, it’s important not to let your emotions get the best of you in this difficult time. Not only can excess stress make your experience worse, but it can also mean that you’re more likely to get into arguments with service representatives and lose your chance of a seat on another flight.

Instead of getting into arguments, do everything you can, then sit down and take a load off for a little while. Catch up with your emails or get in touch with people you were planning on meeting on the other side of your trip. This should at least help you to keep on top of the problem, rather than being overwhelmed by it.

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  • Reply Jake Ferrer February 4, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Never really have any delayed flights. Thus, have some experiences on domestic ones. But these are really great tips.

  • Reply Baby Isabella February 2, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I think its reassuring that domestic flights can be compensated if you have been delayed over three hours here in the UK. Great tips and we will bear them in mind on our next adventure x

  • Reply Helen at Casa Costello February 2, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Sadly we have been caught with travel delays on several occasions. Wise advice to make the most of the spare time – Happily we’ve never been delayed on our outward journey though.

  • Reply Katrina February 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Great tips most are ones people wouldn’t know I
    Know I didn’t

  • Reply Jemma Celery and Cupcakes January 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Great advice, delays when travelling can be such a headache. It really does makes sense to do your research!

  • Reply Danielle January 31, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Lots of great tips here. I just try and use it as an opportunity to catch up on some reading.

  • Reply Melanie williams January 31, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Some great tips here – I am lucky and have only had 1 flight delay when the snow hit, but that was only for 2 hours 🙂 x

  • Reply Charli January 31, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Some really great tips here. When delayed, I normally just head to the bar or get a manicure. Makes hanging around so much easier!
    C x

  • Reply Patrick January 30, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Never had to stress over this….most times when a plane is late taking off,I use the time to read. Having a novel is critical to have when you fly. It’s my only and best tip to share.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey January 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    These are some great tips. I have only ever been on a plane to one place and we had a 14 hour delay on the way home so the airport put us all up in a hotel.

  • Reply Rhian Westbury January 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I always have the apps on my phone of who I am flying with as I find sometimes they update you quicker than the airport does. I think making sure you ask staff loads of questions is really important too x

  • Reply hannah January 30, 2018 at 7:57 am

    My flight was to new york in 2016 was delayed 7 hours. I got some compensation from the airline

  • Reply The London Mum January 30, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Absolutely love your outfit in this post… and thanks for the great advice too x

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