What to Do When your Flight is Cancelled?
Every traveler dreads hearing about their flight being cancelled. It turns things upside down, but luckily, there are some things that can be done to ensure that your travel plans are not completely ruined. What can you do? Read on to find out:
- Call your airline
As soon as you find out your flight has been cancelled, you should immediately call your airline and ask them to rebook you onto another. They won’t charge you a fee and the quicker you call, the higher the chances that you will be able to secure a good seat on a flight that works for you. Confirm your seat on the call.
- Look into the reason for flight cancellation
There are different reasons why a flight may be cancelled. If it is weather issues, the airline doesn’t owe the passengers anything. However, if the cancellation is due to the fault of the airline, you are entitled to some form of compensation. Check what kind of compensation you are eligible for under EU261. In some cases, you may get a refund. In others you can also get meal or accommodation vouchers. Know your rights in order to get compensation.
- Request an amenity kit
Cancellations are easy to handle when you only have carry-on bags. But, if you have already checked your baggage and the flight is delayed overnight, you can ask for an amenity kit. Also, keep your baggage receipt handy until your bags are delivered to you at your destination.
- Be nice and stay calm
Sure, a flight cancellation can be very frustrating, but it is not the fault of the flight attendant, gate attendant or someone else. Don’t take your anger out on them. Stay calm and be nice and friendly for getting yourself rebooked to another flight.