Yesterday I was reminded how important it is to quickly call your airline as soon as your flight (see our longer post on this here) is delayed to secure a seat on an alternate flight(s) in case your original one is ultimately cancelled. My flight, United 3858 from Montrose, Colorado to Denver, was delayed five hours until United dispatch decided to finally cancel it at 10:00 p.m. Apparently the plane had mechanical issues. It’s frustrating that United made the 70 passengers awaiting the flight sit in the terminal for five hours before putting us up in the Hampton Inn next to the airport (which, as a consolation, was one of the nicest Hampton Inns I’ve experienced…).
Luckily, I called United after two hours of the delay and requested I be protected on the 6:00 a.m. flight the next morning. By doing this, I was able to grab a seat before others on my flight who waited until it was cancelled to seek alternative options, which were very limited. If I hadn’t called, I don’t think I would have made it out on the first flight today.
So, don’t forget this tip next time you find yourself a similar situation!