Stranded at the airport, ayyy? One of the worst nightmare for a traveler, especially when returning from a long day of travel and jet lag is kicking in. Don’t worry though you may want to call your credit card to see if you have this little known benefit:
We recently had the pleasure of using it when we were returning from Cuba. Our flight out of Havana was delayed 4 hours due to a snow storm on the East Coast. By the time we took off to Florida we had already missed our connecting flight and had no idea if we would be able to catch another same day. Once we landed we walked up to the Southwest counter and received the bad news the next flight was 9 am tomorrow, at this point it was 7pm the night before. And because it was weather related, the airline companies will not pay for you to stay in a hotel or provide any compensation. That meant we had some calls to make and quickly.
To add to our stress and exhaustion it was spring break which meant nearly all hotels were sold out with college students and the remaining rooms taken by cruise goers. But after calling a dozen places we found a Hilton room for $400 dollars… ouch… not very affordable when that is equivalent to 25% of what you paid for your entire 10 day trip in Cuba. At this point it is the debate of sleeping on the hard ground or uncomfortable chairs in the airport lobby or the hotel for a few hours and a warm shower.