A recent article on MSNBC.com references the increase in flights canceled by the airlines.
“Airlines are cutting money-losing flights during the current travel slump, and that can cause headaches for passengers who bought tickets on those trips.
The airlines will usually rebook a passenger on another flight close to the original schedule. But sometimes the change can mean a delay of several hours — even overnight.”
Many travel insurance plans provide coverage for travel delay. This will reimburse the traveler for essential expenses when a traveler’s flight is delayed for an extended period of time. The cost of lodging, meals, local transportation and phone calls can be reimbursed under travel delay. Often, the delay must be for a set amount of time, normally from 5 to 24 hours. There may be daily dollar limits as well as overall policy dollar limits. Always refer to the certificate of insurance for details.