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Leaving for my 1st tradeshow cross-country. It begins @ 3pm, so my boss bought an 8 am flight of 3 hours. I've read SO MUCH *in 2022* of canceled flights ... I wouldn't freak out any other year. Also my 1st time solo @ a major airport as I've always been w/ someone! If my flight gets canceled how do I get on the NEXT earliest flight & can I check other airlines for earlier flights w/out losing money? I'd prefer a flight the night before but the extra night in a hotel was a no-go

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Best piece of advice: stay calm, don’t panic, and be nice to the airline employees - they have no control over flight delays - but they can make your rebooking experience much worse if you are disrespectful.

What airline are you flying on? If your flight is canceled and you’re at the airport, speak to the gate agent and they can help by rebooking you or directing you to someone who can help.

If you’re at home and the flight is canceled, call the airline if you booked direct, or call your company’s travel people if they booked it.

Remember to have fun at the trade show! What industry?

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This boss sounds like he would book you on spirit airlines too

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Ha! No, I am on United - usually a better airline as long as these cancelations of 2022 don't become an issue. We thought we had a few more days to prospect & network but the event cut our expected itinerary in half. We're attending the conference as a vendor on invitation from a strong friend/business network, so instead of pulling out completely, we're just keeping in mind our spend vs what we'll get out of it. Not spending an extra night on the hotel makes sense! It's just... these trends of 2022 😬😬😬😬

If your flight gets canceled, the airline automatically moves you to the next available flight, in most cases. If not, contact customer service for options. You’ll be fine. You totally don’t need to travel the day before if your first action item is at 3PM and same day flights are available — just chill! You’ll get to where you’re going.

As above said, airline will make your adjustment. If it’s not *the* next flight, you can ask to be on standby for that flight (though if a cancellation and you don’t travel enough to have status you are not likely to win that list).

And honestly, if your company wouldn’t allow the flex of arriving night before for cushion, it’s on them if you flight is cancelled and you miss the show. Don’t stress over what you can’t control, and you definitely can’t control the airlines!

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