Last Updated on January 9, 2020
Flight cancellations due to weather are the most irritating things that can happen to travelers, especially after all the preparations, planning, and payments.
During the coldest season when travel rush is at its peak, hearing that your flight has been canceled isn’t that uncommon, leaving both airline employees and passengers totally stressed out.
In fact, last Thanksgiving, airlines canceled hundreds of flights in the Midwest and Northeast.
The right question to ask is not what happens if your flight is canceled due to weather but rather what to do when it actually happens.
Here are 7 things you should and shouldn’t do when your flight is canceled or you’re stuck at the airport because of terrible weather.
#1 – Check your airline’s website, app, and social media pages at the first sign of weather trouble
If your trip is for a very important event, work, or any other critical obligation that you just cannot afford to miss, you need to frequently check out your airline’s website, app, Facebook page, and Twitter account.
That’s where airlines announce travel advisories and weather alerts so travelers can move their flights to earlier or later dates so they can skip a big storm or any other weather mess without ruining their travel plans.
On the bright side, when changing your flight, you won’t have to pay any fee or fare difference. Plus, you may even get lucky and get a better flight than the one you booked at first.
#2 – Don’t leave your house before checking your flight status and airline notifications
Never wait until you already are at the airport to check for new notifications from your airline.
You actually have no excuse not to know about a flight delay or cancellation unless it’s last-minute news. Normally, airlines warn travelers about any flight troubles through their mobile apps, text, email, or even a phone call if it was provided in the traveler’s contact information.