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Missed flight

Missed flight

Missed flight – ouch! You slept in! Traffic congestion was a nightmare! You’re stressed & anxious!! In these days of cheap air fares not many airlines will offer to move you to another flight. You may be up for a new fare completely.

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What do you do?

1. Make sure you know the terms & conditions of the fare you have booked. This will give you an idea of what you need to do.

2. Start doing some internet research into what fares are available to get you to your destination. The next flight might be hours or days away, and may be with a different carrier.

3. If you booked through a travel agent, contact them and ask for advice.

3. If you are still at home, consider delaying your trip. If your fare allows it, you may be able to cancel and get a refund or hold the fare in credit for your next flight.

4. If you are on your way to the airport, but realise you are going to miss the flight, call the reservations office & see what can be done. At least you’ll know and can make a decision on whether to turn around and go home or to continue on.

5. If you are at the airport, find an airline representative & be honest. Seek their help.

6. Make sure you call the hotel, rental car, tour, or any other travel service you have booked at your destination to let them know.

7. Put it down to experience, and be better prepared next time!!

Have you ever missed a flight? What did you do about it? How did things turn out? Please feel free to add a comment.

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