How do you deal with airline delays

Dec 1, 2019 15 Comments

random question: is it just my bad luck or is it everyone’s experience? I feel like about every other flight I take has been delayed for at least couple of hours, in most extreme cases it’s twelve. This is specific to domestic (including Canada) flights, trans-ocean ones were usually ok except like one time.

I’ve never experienced this many delays back when I flew around Europe / Asia a lot.

I feel like I’m losing my mind today - woke up at 5 to get on 7:35am, and still at the departure airport at 6:35pm. Granted i was rebooked on this one, and the actual delay of it is like 4 hours, but given that rebooking was also airlines fault...

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  • Amazon wakaa
    You should be getting reimbursed by your airline or credit card company
    Dec 1, 2019 7
    • Off-topic, but curious now which credit card provides such features & whether one has to be a high spender to be eligible.
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng psh
      OP
      @Layover I believe most medium-to-high end CC do have some sort of delay/lost luggage insurance, but I might be wrong. Amex platinum would be one example.

      Not a big spender, probably just good credit score (750+).
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Amazon wakaa
      I meant they should reimburse you for delayed related expenses. I think 6+ hours should get you a hotel room, plus food and transport to and from. Possibly even entertainment. Might be different in Canada
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng psh
      OP
      Oh I see. That’s not the part I’m most upset about though; it’s the average experience of being treated like shit even being paying customer.
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Amazon wakaa
      Unfortunately that part blows. Lounge access would help but that’s about it
      Dec 1, 2019
  • Intel aaa@@@
    Dear friend try meditation and mindfulness exercise. Take a deep breath it can help calm you down in the shittiest situations. Good luck. Don’t let external situations ruin your day

    (Typing this as my flight just got delayed for 3 hours)
    Dec 1, 2019 2
    • if you don't mind, where were you headed/ are at? Have a trip coming up & am similarly concerned
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Intel aaa@@@
      I am traveling between the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest on a short 2 hr flight. I wonder the google flight delay prediction tool is any good. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bishopjordan/2018/03/20/how-to-predict-flight-delays-using-google-flights/#6232013141c2

      Also when you book your flight on some sites like kayak show statistics of the on-time performance of a flight before you book it.

      PS not that any of these modern technological tools matter according to my superstitious parents. Bad things keep happening to me because I don’t worship their gods and obey them. 🤣
      Dec 1, 2019
  • Facebook 👑KingOfMPK
    Call the airline or go to the customer service counter. But don’t rely on the agents to give you other options. Search yourself for alternate flights (they may involve connecting thru different airports or landing at a “coterminal” airport for example SJC instead of SFO). Propose an alternate routing to the agent and see if you can get rebooked that way.
    Dec 1, 2019 1
    • Facebook / Eng psh
      OP
      There was no better routes indeed, I’ve checked. Not the most popular route.
      Dec 1, 2019
  • CVS Pharmacy ☣️☠️☣️
    While back I had horrible delays trying to go to Pittsburgh from Boston. After much bullshit I just went to Enterprise and drove. Wouldn’t have worked for much longer distance but my god do I hate airlines.
    Dec 2, 2019 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    It depends on the cause of the delay. After all, it’s not like the weather varies by airline.
    Dec 1, 2019 0

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