Being Prepared For Flight Delays

Being Prepared For Flight Delays

Category: Trusted Travel Tips

Date Posted: 12/05/2017

Beth Kemp
Marketing Executive & Travel Writer

Being Prepared For Flight Delays


Who wants to arrive at the airport at silly o'clock expecting to check in, only to find out the flight has been delayed by 8 hours. No one. So below are a few tips to prepare you.


From personal experience I know delayed flights can bring about much confusion - Even though I knew my flight was delayed by 8 hours (as per the email I got the night before) it really wasn’t clear why, and whether that delay was going to increase or not.


Was it because someone had been taken sick before the plane left and now the pilot was flying at speed to reduce the delay time? Or was it a mechanical failure which could end up cancelling the flight entirely? You see, depending on the circumstances, the delay could have ended up being less than 8 hours or much much more, so what was I to do? Should I still get to the airport at the original time I’d planned to and just wait? Or do I arrive three hours before the new estimated departure time and spend the next few hours at home freaking out?


Each circumstance is different and there is no black and white solution really, so the best advice I can give is to make sure you have as much information as possible in advance, and to set yourself up to get updates the minute something changes.


  • Use a flight checker the day before you are due to fly and just before you set off for the airport

  • Go to the airlines’ official website and double check your flight number

  • If you are still unsure, ring the airline

  • Double check your check in time (sometimes although the flight is delayed, the check in time is still the same)


Last but not least, always keep the details of your flight and any delays you experience as you might be able to claim back up to £550 per passenger for delays over 3 hours. To find out if you can make a claim use our FREE FLIGHT DELAY CHECK service here..

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