5 Things to do When Your Flight is Canceled

No-one ever expects it. You’re at the airport, all packed and ready to go to your holiday destination. Perhaps you’ve had a nice meal and a few drinks. You’re certainly excited. But then there’s an announcement made – your flight has been canceled. This can be devastating news, whether you’re on your way to your destination or on your way back. So, what do you do in this situation?

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Call Your Airline

Your automatic response may be to find your airline representatives at the airport and try and resolve the situation face-to-face. However, you’ll often be faced with a long queue of angry passengers all trying to do the same thing. You may have better luck trying to contact your airline over the phone. You’ll need to book yourself on the next available flight and it may be quicker to do so over the phone or online than at the airport.

Find Out Why Your Flight is Canceled

It will probably be obvious if your flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions. In the event of bad weather conditions, your airline is unlikely to give you much compensation. However, if the flight is canceled because of a fault with the plane or airline, you could be compensated for your accommodation. You can get some tips at You may be given vouchers towards your accommodation while you wait for the next available flight.

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Ask for an Amenity Kit

There may be times when your flight is delayed overnight rather than canceled altogether. This can be just as inconvenient as a canceled flight, especially if you’ve already checked in your baggage. If your baggage is checked in, the airline may not want to take the baggage back off the plane. Ask your airline for an amenity kit if you arrive at your destination without your luggage. These kits will include handy essentials like a toothbrush, toothpaste, eye mask and ear plugs. Always keep your baggage receipt with you until your baggage has been safely delivered.

Stay Calm

Flight cancellations and delays can be very frustrating and it’s easy to lose your patience. It’s important to remember that most staff will do their best to help you in any situation, but a flight cancelation can keep staff very busy. Although it’s important to push your agenda if you aren’t getting answers, it’s also important to be nice to people who are just doing their jobs. Taking the situation out on someone at the airport will just cause you and them more unnecessary stress.

Accept What You Can’t Change

Sometimes, it’s just better to accept what you can’t change. Doing what you can to make the best of a bad situation will ensure you don’t feel stressed the entire time. When a flight is canceled, it’s completely out of your control, so all you can do is wait for the problem to be resolved. Your airline has a duty of care to do their best to provide an alternative form of transport or a full refund.


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  • Natasha MacFarlane

    These sound like great tips for a traveller!

    March 25, 2019 at 10:52 am Reply
  • Being Tessiebelle

    Amazing tips! and I had no idea there was such a thing called “amenity kit”! I’m so going to ask for that if my flight is canceled. Thanks for the great advise and you have a great blog girl!! xo

    March 27, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Tione

      Thank you!

      March 27, 2019 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Wendie

    Love it!! Hate when this happens and always forget to ask for the kit!!

    April 9, 2019 at 11:20 am Reply
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