If your flight is canceled, act quickly (Amazing Race-style)

Ask a gate agent about flying on another carrier. Your airline might have canceled all its flights and say its hands are tied due to weather, etc., but carriers have ticket-sharing arrangements and can put you on another airline’s flight if they’re running and there’s room. Better yet, don’t wait for a gate agent to help. If you’re a member, go to the airline club or call your travel agent and/or the airline’s 800 number. The airline can be more helpful with weather conditions or equipment updates, and your travel agent will be faster making reservations on your scheduled carrier, or another carrier.