By Quentin Arthur
Having your flight canceled is an unwelcome surprise for your travel plans. Whether you are heading out on vacation or about to head home, a canceled flight is the last thing a traveler wants to experience. The important thing to do is to stay calm and quickly start adjusting your plans. Soon, you will be on your way to your destination.
1. Rebook Your Flight
The first thing you need to do is call your airline and rebook your flight. You will not be charged any fees for rebooking a canceled flight. Remember, other travelers on the same flight will be trying to rebook, so it is important to call as soon as you can, so you can get the best seat and the best flight for your schedule. If you are already at the airport when your flight is canceled, go down to the check-in counter to speak with a representative there.
2. Request Vouchers
If an airline cancels your flight due to weather, they do not owe you anything. However, if the cancellation is due to mechanical error or other airline issues, you can request vouchers for meals and accommodation. If your new flight is the following day, the airline can also provide you with a room for the night. Airlines can also provide amenity bags if your toiletries are stuck in your checked luggage and you cannot access it. Contact your airline’s customer service line or stop by the airline’s check-in counter to see how they can help you.
3. Stay Polite and Calm
Having to change your plans due to a canceled flight can be a frustrating experience. While you may want to shout at anyone near you, remember that it is not the fault of any flight attendants, gate attendants or anyone else that works for the airline that your flight was canceled. Just stay calm and polite and the airline employees will get you on another flight as soon as they can.
No one wishes that their flight was canceled. It is an unfortunate aspect of airline travel. No matter how frustrated you may feel, it is important to keep a clear head and work fast to get a new flight booked. Once you have your new itinerary, you will be able to put the annoying delay behind you.