Get to Know Your Rights If Your Flight Gets Cancelled

The last thing you want to experience when you are traveling is having your booked flight canceled – not just delayed, but canceled.

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Although the cancellation of scheduled flight doesn’t always happen, where it can be placed as delayed, there are still inevitable circumstances that the scheduled flight needs to be canceled. Here are a few reasons why the airlines need to cancel the scheduled flight:

  • Unpredictable weather
  • Security issues
  • Runway issues
  • Missing aircraft
  • To reduce large cancelations

So, what’s going to happen now?

Some airlines will try to contact their passengers a day or hours before the scheduled flight that has been canceled. However, there are unexpected events that airlines have no control over that they need to cancel the scheduled flight right then and there; if this happens, you should know what your rights are.

You might have learned that scheduled flights are never guaranteed. Also, most of the airlines do not offer compensation, especially for scheduled flights that have been canceled due to events that are beyond the airlines’ control – weather, runway issues, airline union strike, and more. However, if the scheduled flight got canceled due to preventable and manageable events such as understaffing, aircraft maintenance, and more, you have the right to compensation.

However, the compensation that you are expecting may vary between airlines’ delay and cancellation policies. Here are some of the policies that most of the American airlines have; however, the listed policies are subjected to change.

  • American Airlines

If the airline has canceled the scheduled flight due to unforeseen circumstances, the airline’s policy is to re-book you to the next flight with open seats. However, the next flight is subjected to additional fees. For clarifications, you should check it with the airline’s info desk.

  • Delta

In case of scheduled flight cancellations and delays that had resulted in a missed connection, the passenger may request a partial refund if they wish to cancel their tickets. However, if they do not cancel their ticket, Delta will place the passenger on to the next flight with open seats and with the same fare or will be rebooked in a different carrier.

  • JetBlue

JetBlue’s passengers will get a refund or get a new seat in the next available flight if the scheduled flight has been canceled. If the cancellation reasons are controllable and there are no scheduled flights within an hour of departure, the passengers are given $50 – $100 credit depending on the length of the delay and when the flight was canceled. To get to know more about this, you should check the airline’s policies by checking their website or asking at their info desk.

But what happens if the passenger will call for cancellation?

There is a huge difference between canceling your ticket due to personal reasons and canceling tickets due to the airlines’ cancellation reasons.

The policies of the latter are different from the former, especially when it comes to rebooking, rescheduling, and refunding; in fact, there are cancelations that the passengers are asked to pay for the cancelation fee. So, before you plan to travel, make sure you know all you need to know about flight cancellations.

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