Let’s start this off with a little gratitude: Flying is a thrill. It’s a helluva privilege. And it’s a truly unbelievable thing—something we have to remind ourselves of constantly as we sit in that (hopefully) sanitized fabric seat, our knees screaming for an inch of movement, and our eyes shifting continually over to that hot coffee placed precariously on that flimsy tray.
Really, the ultimate goal when flying is to try not to think of that industrially made bird as a strange, stale, claustrophobic purgatory between departure and destination. No, this plane is doing something downright miraculous. (Louie C.K. expresses this in a far funnier way.)
But this doesn’t mean airlines should have free reign to take advantage of said miracle. If you’ve had a delay or cancellation, keep reading to see how you can be compensated.
*And here’s another easy trick to saving lots of money on a long flight: