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Old 03-04-2015, 12:02 PM
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The weather this winter has caused the airlines to cancel lots of flights. Because most flights go out full, if the flight is cancelled that can mean a long wait to be accommodated on a new flight to your destination.

Tell us your horror stories. What is the longest you had to wait for a new flight after your original flight was cancelled? Hours, days, weeks? Did you spend the wait in the airport on the hard floor, or in a hotel that you could not afford?

I will start: My flight home was cancelled due to a blizzard and I could not get a new flight for 3 days which I had to spend in a very dirty but expensive airport hotel.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:06 PM
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once my flight from Tampa was cancelled, and since the next flight wasn't available until the next day with a connection in Atlanta, we were very happy to take the offer and spend a day visiting Atlanta which I had never seen before.

Although it was weather related, Delta for some reason still generously offered a compensation of $200 per person, which was more than enough for a night of hotel. So I have nothing to complain at all.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:12 PM
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Longest wait after a flight was canceled was 8-9 hours in DCA. This was on a US Airways shuttle to LGA; mechanical problems led to my initial flight being delayed and, due to restrictions on when some flights can fly into LGA, ultimately canceled. After complaining, US Airways gave me a $75 travel voucher, which I guess is better than nothing (though something tells me that they were required to pay me the price of my ticket if I declined their offer, but I didn't want to risk walking away with nothing if I was wrong!).
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:28 PM
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5 days - the date was Sept 11, 2001, which unfolded as I was traveling to the airport for a cross country flight home.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:31 PM
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Nothing major for me. The longest delay in getting home was 24 hours. Was flying ATL-SLC-ANC. The flight out of ATL was not cancelled but was delayed a couple hours while they rounded up a replacement a/c for the one that broke down before we boarded. When we got to SLC we sat on a taxiway for a few minutes waiting for the plane at the gate to pushback. Of course that plane was my connecting flight to ANC. The airline put us up in a run down hotel for the night. Checkout time was 8 hours before our flight was due to depart. The airline would not pay for a second night. When we asked for a late check out the hotel desk clerk refused saying they needed the rooms. It was winter time and there was a whopping 3 cars in the parking lot. After I got to my room I called then hotel pretending to be a tour company and asked if they had 10 rooms available for the next night. The clerk said that was no problem as they were almost empty. Since I was on company time I just went ahead and said I would pay for the second day. Everyone else checked out and sat at the airport for 8 hours. When I checked out there was a different clerk who said there was no charge for the late check out.
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