What Happens When You Miss Your Connecting Flight?

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While many travelers do plenty of planning before they embark on their journey, issues such as flight delays are unavoidable. Worryingly, this tardiness can result in your missing your connecting flight. Here’s what happens if this unfortunate situation happens to you as well as what you can do about it.

To start off, do not panic. What you may not realize is that missing a connecting flight is actually a routine occurrence. Many US airlines such as Spirit and Allegiance will actually book you on the next available flight for free if you missed your connection due to the fault of the airline. In fact, this process may even be automated, whereby you’ll receive a text message confirmation that your flight has been changed.

Still, if you haven’t been booked on another flight or you don’t like the flight you’re on, then you’ll need to speak to a customer service representative. If this is the situation you find yourself in, then consider checking out flight options on the airline’s website so that you can suggest alternative flights that you would be open to taking instead. If there are no alternative flights for the day, then you may be able to get meal vouchers or even hotel accommodation from your airline, so make sure to check out all your options.