If the delay or cancellation is due to a United issue and no flights are available until the next day, United travelers will book a flight with a partner airline if seats are available, but only if they request that service.
Passengers will receive a digital or printed meal voucher in the event of cancellations or delays of more than three hours.
If a delay or cancellation to your home city forces you to stay overnight, United will give you a voucher for a partner hotel. If the partner hotel is booked, United will reimburse you up to $200 for finding a hotel. You can also get a voucher for the cost of the ride to the hotel.
( has a similar rebooking policy, but there is no “same cabin” provision as United, so you may be able to get an upgraded seat at no extra cost. LUV)
Southwest has much the same policy for meal vouchers and hotel vouchers as United, but the airline also offers some assistance for overnight stays, even if the cancellation is out of its control.
( offers either a free rebooking or a refund, and will also rebook on a partner airline’s next available flight “if practical”. JBLAU)
JetBlue has a $12 limit on its meal vouchers, including taxes and fees, so you can probably afford a few candy bars and a little bit of water at the airport grocery store with a delay of three hours or more.
JetBlue also offers hotel stays for stranded passengers staying overnight in the airport hotels. If the airport hotels are not available, JetBlue will reimburse you as long as you keep your receipts.
Flight delays/cancellations peak in 2022
The percentage of on-time flights is the lowest since 2014. At 20.7%, the percentage of delayed flights is also the highest since 2014.
In the past decade alone, there were more canceled flights (264,754) in the pandemic year of 2020 than in 2022 (106,037), and there are still four months to go in the year.
In fact, the next year for flight cancellations is — you guessed it — 2014 (89,625).
According to Bureau of Transportation statistics, the problem was much more acute in 2022 than in 2021 (41,469), when the pandemic was still raging.