When travelling none of us like to see that dreaded seven letter word, usually in blue, nearly always in bold – DELAYED.
We travel quite a bit and thankfully have only had a few episodes of problematic delayed flights, most recent being 3 hours on the runway after leaving Niagara Falls . I don’t mind it as much on my own while travelling with work but when the kids are with us it can be a little more tricky. Hopefully this handy guide will help make those delayed flights a little less stressful.
- Technology – Sounds simple but use the technology at your disposal. Have all the trip information saved on your phone including the airline helpline numbers. Most airlines will have email/ text alerts so make sure your details are correct when you book so you can be informed if there is a delay to the flight. There are multiple apps out there for airline alerts, airport alerts, weather alerts or even apps to help you book on the next available flight. We have access to so much information at our finger tips so use all available resources to minimise disruption in so far as is possible.
- Insurance – I am big proponent of importance of being insured and knowing what you are insured for in the event of unforeseen events. I think this is especially important when travelling with kids.
- Know your rights – As the old adage says – “knowledge is power” and to be honest this can be a minefield as airlines often have different policies for the same scenario. The best advice here is consult the experts for example companies like Flight Delay Claims 4 U can talk you through your rights and whether or not you might be entitled to some form of compensation. While on Honeymoon in Australia via Bangkok we were delayed for many hours due to a weather situation elsewhere. At the time the airline offered us £75 card each which we happily accepted. However having spoken to a travel agent friend roll forward a couple of months and we received £400 back. As said in 1 above save this number in your phone too as you never know when you might need it.
- Be nice and make some friends 🙂 – There is little point in shouting and screaming at the airline or airport staff, there is little they can do to change what has happened. If the delay is going to take some time you might even make some new friends to explore the local area with!
Note: This collaboration is with thanks to Flight Delay Claims 4 U however I retain full editorial control