Missing a flight is a traveller’s worst nightmare, but at some point or another it is going to happen. That being said, it doesn’t necessarily have to mean your trip is over. Here are five tips to get you back in the air as soon as possible.
1. Contact your airline
If you know you’re not going to make it to the terminal in time, contact your airline immediately. Calling ahead gives you the best chance of not having to sacrifice your fare entirely, although you will probably have to make up the price difference.
2. Inquire about the airline’s ‘flat-tyre’ rule
Some airlines are willing to be lenient in terms of re-booking fees if you arrive at the airport within a couple of hours of your missed flight (especially if you have a decent excuse for doing so), so it’s always worth inquiring about any ‘flat-tyre’ rules.
3. Wait before booking a new ticket
This might seem like the quickest solution to your problem, but it’s not necessarily the right one. Sometimes buying a new ticket can cancel out the rest of your itinerary, so it’s always best to check in with your airline before you act.
4. Notify your hotel
If missing your flight puts you out of whack with your planned hotel arrival time, then it’s important to let your accommodation know you’re going to be a little late. Doing so will help you avoid additional fees associated with late check in.
5. Check your insurance policy
It’s important to be aware of the fine print of your travel insurance policy and make sure you’re covered in the event of any missed flights. The likelihood of missing a connection is one of the reasons it’s important to have a comprehensive, flexible policy, and checking the t’s and c’s is the best way to avoid any nasty surprises.
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