Flight Delays and Mix-Ups: Survive them

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  1. Yikes! I can hear your frustration, Natalie. I’ve been there, too. But fortunately, not for a long while. Air travel had really become an endurance test for travellers, hasn’t it?

  2. Erin says:

    Great tips for a time when you may not be thinking straight! I know I can get in panic mode vs. action mode, so this is very helpful!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It is easy to panic! Or, perhaps worse…just follow along with what the airline tells you. If you don’t jump on it fast you could miss out! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Lauren says:

    It’s hard to keep a level head in such frustrating moments – great list! I enter full panic mode in these types of situations, lol!!

  4. daehder says:

    oh lord been there done that and followed all your advice and none of it worked. Attempting to fly out of LaGuardia in the US whose reputation is apparently horrendous. Our flight was actually cancelled out of Toronto because it “might” rain – airport staff told us that the two worst airlines were American and WestJet to Canada….grrr it was months ago and still frustrated…lol

  5. Cut the crap – TRUE no need to waste your time to tell a story – just go straight to the *urgency* so you don’t waste your own energy. In general explaining your whole furstration never really works unless you get asked of your situation in detail

  6. Melanie says:

    I think every traveller has been there! It’s no fun, but some helpful tips on dealing with the situation! I’ve pretty sworn off of American Airlines after a horrible Customer Service experience last year but… if I keep swearing off of airlines I’ll have no one left to fly… so I may just have to grin and bear… 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! Great way to look at it! We can’t swear off too many!! I’d still rather a bad flight than no flight!

  7. Oh man, that sounds like a nightmare. I try to never check a bag because of horror stories like this but unfortunately that’s of course not always possible… Thanks for the tips! Good stuff.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Yes, the more you can keep with you the better! Though honestly….they do keep up with GAZILLIONS of luggage and the vast majority of it gets where it is going. That certainly is no help if yours is the one that gets lost or delayed though, is it??

  8. Janine Good says:

    You are so right that customer service has taken a nosedive. reiterating the issue and explaining the story just doesn’t get absorbed anymore. Delays are annoying for when you are getting connecting flights, but sadly they are reality if you want to travel.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Isn’t that the truth? I find that everywhere…restaurants, hotels….customer service just isn’t what it used to be. I wonder if we’ll swing back the other way one day and treat customer service as the valuable resource it is!!

  9. Abigail says:

    I’m so lucky I haven’t had this kind of experience with any of my travels so far. But it’s good to know what to do in case it does, especially since this can be a highly stressful moment and it is easy to lose your cool!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Never? Wow! I want to travel with you! You have wonderful experiences!! 🙂 I hope your luck holds, but if not….now you know what to do!

  10. Nuria Vidal says:

    Wish I had read this two weeks ago. Such a helpful post 🙂

  11. Kassie says:

    Flight delays are literally the worst, especially with USA based airlines as we don’t have the same advocacy groups as the EU. I experienced this earlier this year on United. They booked us a 35 minute layover at Newark even though Newark airport security was taking almost 2 hours at the time. Needless to say we didn’t make it. These tips will help next time for sure!

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