- Jonathan Chum
If you fly with Qantas and miss your Jetstar connection, say you have been rebooked to fly with two different airlines, you can fly in standby mode depending on availability. You should call your airline to find out how to get back on your flight and it can automatically rebook. If you miss a connection due to a delayed first flight, you can still book a connecting flight with another airline or even be rebooked on the following flight.
You should contact the second airline as soon as possible and try to get back on your flight, but you should invoke the flat tire rule in this case. The airline has planned a stand - of passengers to show up at the scheduled departure time.
If you do not contact them, they will consider you to have arrived at the airport and will lose the residual value of your ticket. If you arrive more than 2 hours late, you will have to pay the difference. You can't just call and rebook when you arrive at the airport 2 hours After the scheduled departure time. Some services are only available on the same day, so you will need to rebook later, even if it is more expensive than the original price, and you cannot pay in advance.
Most of the above examples are rebooked in standby mode, but sometimes you need to make sure you get to your destination on the day.
If you're connecting with two different airlines, say, JetBlue, and you miss a United connection, you can rebook with another airline. Subject to availability, you can fly on standby or be rebooked on the following flight. If you miss your connection due to the delayed first flight and miss the second flight, you will be rebooked for the next flight in standby mode. Should you call your airline to find out how you missed your flight and it can automatically rebook you on another airline?
You should contact the second airline as soon as possible, invoke the flat tire rule in this case, and try to switch to another flight. If you have informed your airline in advance when you arrive at the airport, speak to the check-in agent and explain your situation.
Now you need to check with the same airline for a later trip, which can help you avoid extra charges. If you have a return ticket and miss the outbound flight, you can cancel the outbound flight by asking the tour operator to keep you on a return trip. Ask your agent about your options and contact the airline directly if possible.
Depending on the airline, you may be charged a rebooking fee for the return journey as well as additional fees for the return journey.
The best way to avoid these costs is to make sure you don't miss your flight in the first place. Find out about the airline's flight - missed policy and ask what it is, or visit its representative. You will either be charged the rebooking fee or you will be asked to pay for a new flight. You will be asked to pay for the flight you have just missed, or you will have to find out what you missed and pay for it yourself.
You may be stressed and angry, but it is not the fault of the flight crew and you may not even have to pay for it yourself.
While airlines avoid compensating passengers for weather-related cancellations, travelers can claim redress for delays for reasons beyond their control.
If you miss a connection, are stopped at security, or take your checked baggage on to the onward flight, a representative of the airline will inform you. Airlines can track your bags and store them for you on arrival, but only if you pay a fee or swallow a fare increase. Although this policy is rarely posted on airlines' websites, Points Guy points out that most domestic carriers, including United, American, United Express, Southwest, Delta, and United Airlines, will accommodate travelers who are delayed or canceled as long as they pay the fee.
Passengers who miss their outbound flights could be stranded for months or even years on their return home, under a tiny clause buried in many airlines' terms and conditions.
A small - known - "no-show rule" means that your return ticket is invalid and sold out - without warning if you do not board your outbound flight. You missed your original flight, got stuck in a traffic jam, accidentally lost your entire booking, or changed your mind about whether you should only use the return tickets.
Consumer advocates are calling on airlines to at least warn travelers about cancellations of their return tickets. While airlines avoid compensating passengers for weather-related cancellations, travelers are not entitled to compensation if they are late for reasons beyond their control.