Flight Cancellation Woes
The New York Times recently published an article on the increase in flight cancellations and the impact on travelers. It's a great read, not because the topic is pleasant, but because it gives insight and helps you realize you are not alone. It also makes me wonder why air. You should definitely read the whole article, but the upshot is:
- Always, always check at least a day before your flight departure to see if your flight has been cancelled.
- It sounds like airlines occasionally cancel flights if there aren't enough people on the flight, although I doubt any airline would admit to such a tactic. Imagine - letting passengers happily sprawl out on flights and gain a little elbow room. They may even gain a few repeat passengers.
- Airlines have a high-tech rebooking reservation system that takes into account things like how frequently you fly with their airline, how much you paid for your ticket, etc. so your chances of getting swiftly and efficiently given a good seat are not necessarily even steven.
- Be persistent if not flexible. Occasionally, open seats on other flights "magically" appear if you're persistent enough, after your flight has been canceled.
- Flight cancellations are sporadic and unpredictable still. May the force be with you.