Why won’t American pay for my Delta flight?

When Brianna Ryan received notice that her American Airlines flight was delayed, she worried that she wouldn’t have time to make a connecting flight. According to Ryan, an American customer service agent promised that if she booked a new flight on another airline, American Airlines would pay for it. But when she sought reimbursement for her new airfare, American denied her request.

It wasn’t my fault. Why should I be penalized for missing my flight?

It just wasn’t David Ababio’s day.

His back was injured and he couldn’t walk quickly. Then the airport bus wasn’t running. He arrived at the KLM counter ten minutes too late to check in for his flight. And then he learned that KLM considered him a “no-show” for his flight and canceled his itinerary.

How to get an airline to compensate you — even when it doesn’t have to

Sometimes, airlines do the right thing — no questions asked.

Gerrard Hattfield knows what that’s like. The entrepreneur was flying from Durban, South Africa, back to his home in Cape Town when thunderstorms delayed his Mango Airlines departure. After a two-hour wait, an airline representative approached him and did something that surprised him: She asked him if he was comfortable.

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