WanderBat released a study of the U.S. airports with the most delays. If you’re flying from any of these airports, save yourself some stress by booking a room or suite in one of the airport hotels the night before your flight. This way, if your flight is delayed for more than an hour or two or, worse, cancelled, you have a cozy place to hunker down and wait for your new departure.
When your flight is delayed, the airline does not have to do anything to compensate you for the delay. Typically, the delay will be under 30 minutes, so waiting at the gate makes more sense. If the delay is going to cause you to miss a connecting flight, that’s where things get tricky. Some airlines may offer food or hotel vouchers, but it’s not something you will be guaranteed. For that reason, if you’re flying and miss your connecting flight, it’s in your benefit to book a hotel near the airport.
Airports East of the Mississippi River
Baltimore Washington International tops the list when it comes to flight delays. In fact, about 1 out of 4 flights is delayed by more than 15 minutes. Aloft BWI Baltimore Washington International is close to the airport and offers a free shuttle. In addition to the rooms, you’ll be able to access a bar while you wait for news regarding your flight. Hilton Baltimore BWI also has a free airport shuttle, but instead of a bar, the Hilton has an on-site restaurant.
Chicago Midway International Airport comes in at #2 with 23.3% of its flights delayed by at least 15 minutes. There are dozens of airport hotels in Chicago. The Holiday Inn Express Chicago Midway Airport is very close, but you also have chains like Courtyard, Hyatt Place, Marriott, and Residence Inn close by.
Other airports in the top 15 are Chicago O’Hare International, JFK International, LaGuardia in NY, Miami International, Newark Liberty International, and Palm Beach International.
Airports West of the Mississippi River
Head to states west of the Mississippi and there are a lot of airports with delays. Dallas Love Field is first on that list with 23% of their flights delayed by 15 minutes or longer. There are two hotels near Dallas Love Field: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dallas and Motel 6.
William P. Hobby International Airport in Houston is next with 22.9% of their flights facing delays. Closest to the airport are DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston and Super 8. After those two comes Dallas/Fort Worth International, Denver International, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Los Angeles International, and McCarran International in Las Vegas, all within the top 15.
Keep in Mind
You may get the airport to offer a voucher for a free hotel or free meals. Don’t be afraid to ask, especially if your flight is delayed for something that is the airline’s fault, such as an overbooked flight or mechanical issue. When you do ask, don’t ask about compensation for missing a connecting flight. Instead, paint a picture about the frustration. If you have kids at home waiting for you, tell the airline that. If you’re missing an important meeting, describe how much money you stand to lose. Be polite, don’t be accusatory, and make them feel sympathy for your situation.
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