7 Tips to Help You Deal With a Cancelled Flight

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, this flight has been cancelled.” Many travelers have heard this dreaded announcement ringing throughout the airport. Now, what to do about it? Instead of boarding your plane, you now have to figure out how to get a new flight that won’t keep you at the airport for long. Not to mention you’re now competing with everyone else who was on your flight to try and get a spot on the next available plane.

While a cancelled flight is always going to be an inconvenience (you booked that time for a reason, after all), there are ways to make it easier. Here are the best tips and tricks for handling it.

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1. Get in line at the gate desk

Once there, dial the airline customer service number at the same time, FareCompare recommends. It gives you the best chance of getting in touch with someone quickly. Remember, everyone else on your plane is also trying to hop on the next flight out. Why not try and give yourself an advantage?