Flight Canceled Due to Mechanical Issues, What Can I Do?

June 11, 2010
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. American just canceled my flight because of mechanical issues, and stuck me on a later and longer trip. Can I get anything for it? Maybe an upgrade or something?

    A. If you write them an email, you'll likely get something, whether it's a voucher for future travel or extra miles. Or possibly even both! That being said, it's always a good idea to talk to airline officials at the airport before you leave. Raising an issue while the problem is still happening can sometimes be a bit more effective.