Missing a flight can be stressful, below I share some tips on things you can do before hand to help prevent missing your plane and what to do if you in fact miss that flight.
First of all let’s review: for international travel flights close 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time and US domestic flights close 1 hour prior to departure.
My first tip is that if you are running late to the airport check in online! Many flight carriers now offer online check in. If you are checked in online, even if you get to the airport after the flight has closed, you should be ok so long as you have enough time to drop your bags and get through security.
Ok so you missed your flight. First go to your airline ticket counter and see if they are able to rebook you on another flight. If they do not have any flights out that day ask if they have any partner airlines with seats available. Since you are rebooking the day of you may have to pay the difference for the cost of the ticket. If there are no flights out that day you will need to decide if you can pay the money to fly that day for a new ticket on another airline or decide wait a few days until the airline is able to rebook you.
Good thing I used a travel agent! For frequent flyers travels agents are a godsend. Not only can they sometimes get access to deals you cannot, but if you miss your plane they can help you rebook. My company uses a small travel company that charges us about $40 per booking. This is a small price to pay considering when you miss a flight she can have you rebooked in 15 minutes or less and you don’t need to sit on the phone or stand on line.
So you got rebooked on the next flight out but not you have 5 hours to kill at the airport. Lucky you! Many airports today have some great amenities that I love to take advantage of when I can. Consider this me time and go get a massage, a pedicure or do some shopping.
One thing I never travel without is my Priority Pass. For around $225USD per year you get 10 airport lounge visits. No matter what class of seating you fly you can gain access to airport lounges allover the world. My pass has been a huge lifesaver when I have had a delayed or missed flight. It is so nice to sit in a comfortable chair and enjoy wifi and a free glass of bubbly.