How to Take Advantage of Changes to a Flight Schedule

Have you ever felt that little moment of panic after you receive an e-mail about a change to your flight schedule? For those two minutes you think your trip is a ruined and all hope is lost. After you realize there was only a 15 minute change to your arrival time, then the panic subsides and you move on, right? Wrong . This is where the savvy traveler takes advantage.

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When an airline issues a change to their flight schedule, it's their job to accommodate those passengers affected. Wether that change is five minutes or five hours, the airline is responsible for getting you to your destination. If you're anything like me then you probably booked the cheapest flight with an unfavorable routing at the worst time. Now's your chance to call the airline and request that direct flight that you didn't want to spend an extra $100 on.

This literally happened last week with my trip to Beijing. I was originally set to fly from OMA-MSP-DTW-PEK on the outbound and PEK-DTW-OMA on the inbound. When I initially booked the tickets, the round-trip flights from OMA-DTW-PEK were $50 more per ticket.


The minute I saw my e-mail about a minor change in flight times I doubled checked to make sure the flight from OMA-DTW still had space and I gave Delta a call. About 10 minutes after speaking with an agent I was rebooked on OMA-DTW-PEK at no extra charge. She even threw Elizabeth and I some "Premium" seats so we could still sit together.

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A change to your flight schedule doesn't have to be the end of the world. Be proactive and request a change to your itinerary that better suits you. Who knows, it may even end up working out for the better.

How do you make the most of schedule changes?