Slideshow: 6 Common Travel Setbacks

Flight Delays or Cancellations

Many airlines unofficially adhere to a "flat tire" or "two-hour" rule, meaning if you miss your flight but reach your departure airport within two hours after your scheduled flight time, you may be able to get rebooked on the next flight available for a minimal fee or no additional charge. In any case, call your airline as soon as you realize you're not going to make your flight.

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