Flying is already stressful, and even more when you find yourself at risk of missing your flight, especially when you’re flying internationally. The prospect of getting stranded abroad is not the most pleasant thing in the world and depending on the airline’s policies, you may or may not have to pay for a completely new flight. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can reduce the risk of having to pay for a completely new ticket.
If you miss your international flight because you slept in, you’re almost always out of luck. However, if you missed your flight due to an emergency, some airlines will work with you to help you find a new flight. Connections are almost always guaranteed and will be rebooked with no fee.
The rest of this article will cover the different situations you may face when you miss a flight—everything from traffic delays to short connections to getting stranded internationally. We’ll even go over what to do when your luggage makes the flight, but you don’t.
You May Need To Buy a New Ticket
We’ve all done it before, overslept, and missed something. Unfortunately, when it happens with a flight, there isn’t much that can be done. That’s another reason why you should really set multiple alarms when you need to be on a plane in a few hours.
The aircraft isn’t going to wait for you.
Last-minute changes are always the most difficult for airlines to accommodate, and if you only figure out you’ll be missing your flight an hour or two beforehand, there will be very little they can do.
Call the Airline When You Know You’ll Be Late
If you’ve simply arrived late and that’s why you missed your flight, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get rebooked. Your best bet is to call the airline as soon as you know you’ll be late and see if you can either get refunded or rebooked.
Remember, being nice always helps.
If you know you’re going to be late and miss your flight, you should call the airline and do your best to calmly and respectfully explain the situation and see what they can do.
Don’t try and get them to wait for you with a sob story. They hear them all day, and if anything, it’s going to annoy them, not make them sympathetic to your cause. If you’ve already gotten through security and checked your bags jus