Waiting Around?…The Easy Way to Spot and Deal With Delayed Flights

No matter where you’re flying to, a delayed flight is the worst nightmare of anyone planning a holiday. Depending on the situation, a delayed flight can put a stop to your potential holiday and can ruin many of your plans. Though you might not be able to stop, or prevent a delayed flight, there are some things that you can do in order to mitigate the damage, and even spot one as soon as it happens.

Check the Airline Twitter Feed and Website

Most airlines will have a Twitter feed that you can subscribe to. When the time gets close, in terms of the date that you have to board your flight, keep a close eye on the Twitter feed of the airline you’re thinking of using. They will often post all of the relevant information you need here, and so if there is a delay in your flight, you’ll find out about it first using this method. Of course, you can always keep an eye on the airline website too, though this can be a little bit slower to update, should your flights, to Israel, for example, be delayed.

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Be Prepared

Should you find out that your flight is delayed, the next best thing you can do for yourself, is to be prepared. You must be ready to board another flight, that is going to take you to your destination, at a different time. Airlines are often unable to provide a lot of warning as to when and where this is going to happen.

You need to be ready when they provide you with the information as to what you need to do next, as you’ll find that the window of time you have is very small, in terms of taking advantage of this opportunity. You may have to accept that you can’t be too picky here, and if the alternate flight is a little longer, or in a slightly uncomfortable plane, you might just have to tough it up and be thankful that you’re at least making progress on your journey.

See If you Can Gain Compensation

There might be some instances, where the airline is willing to award you compensation, as a result of the inconvenience they caused you. There are some rules and regulations in regards to this. The best thing to do, therefore, is to enquire about this once your flight is over. At this stage, you’ll have some hard facts in terms of how much your flight was delayed, and the impact that this had on you and your travels.

A Rare Occurrence

Flight delays are not something that happen on a regular basis. They can however happen to anyone, and when they do strike, be sure that you’re ready and know what to do next. If you don’t have a plan when your flight’s delayed, you might just end up waiting around for longer than you should, adding to the stress of what is already a tiring situation. By being prepared, you’ll be able to take a flight delay in your stride, and prevent it from ruining your holiday.


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