How to Deal with Flight Delays

by Rieh Argel
Originally posted on inquirer.net

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Frustrating as they may seem, flight delays are inevitable. Knowing how to prevent and deal with them can make your travel experience a lot less stressful. Here are some tips to help you deal with these travel annoyances:

Confirm Your Travel Schedule

Take the first step to a smooth journey and avoid troubles ahead of time by confirming your flight schedule. Before going to the airport, call the airline or your travel consultant to verify the status of your flight. Also, make sure to check your email often to see if any messages regarding change of time have been sent prior your scheduled departure.

Get Travel Insurance

Some may find it unnecessary, but securing a travel insurance is a wise decision if you plan to travel overseas. Most travel insurance policies cover flight delays, or cancellations, baggage loss, medical emergencies and a whole lot more. Ask your travel consultant and pick a policy that suits you best.

Know your rights

It is of utmost importance that you know your rights as a passenger. Most airline companies have their own guidelines on compensation for flight delays and cancellations. Some offer meals, hotel accommodation, tours, flight re-booking, or even full refund. You can even ask for a lounge pass to gain access to comfortable seating, premium facilities and a Wi-Fi connection while you wait out your delay. Speak with an airline service representative and know what you are entitled to.

Keep your Cool

It may sound difficult to achieve, but staying calm and polite when encountering a flight delay provides a lot of positive benefits. Take deep breaths, walk around the airport and socialize with other people. Bear in mind that airline companies are not legally required to compensate passengers for flight delays due to circumstances beyond their control. Always maintain a positive attitude, and your airline customer representative might just give you extra consideration.
It is important to keep yourself one step ahead and have an open mind as possible flight delays and cancellations are all a part of the traveling experience. Should all else fail, keeping your options open will surely help. Stay calm and find ways to entertain yourself if you end up stuck in the airport.

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