How to Get a Refund for a Delayed or Canceled Flight

Travelers can turn to these flight refund guidelines when their plans are disrupted by bad weather or airline mishaps.

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Before you take to the air this holiday, learn your flight refund rights. AAA expects 2023 to be the "second busiest year for holiday travel" since the organization began collecting travel-related data in 2000, with 115.2 million people expected to journey 50 miles or more away from home from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1.

Whether you're headed to a country where the dollar is strong or one of Kiplinger's great places to live in Texas to see family, there's a good chance you could experience flight delays or cancellations due to high travel volume and potential winter weather. So, how can you get your money back if you're affected?

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Ben Demers
Audience Engagement Manager,

Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.