MISSING a flight is one of the worst ways to start a holiday, with motorway crashes to forgotten passports some of the most common hold ups.

However, all is not lost as some airlines will offer free rebooking if you want to get on the next flight, while others will only charge a small fee.

So if you do happen to miss your flight, here's what you need to know:

Which airlines will help if you miss your flight?

Not all airlines are the same. In fact, the way they handle passengers who have missed their flights is very different.

Here's a guide to the policies of the major UK airlines, including EasyJet, BA and Virgin.


Budget airline easyJet offer missed flight cover from just £7.50 if you're booking easyJet holidays – handy if you're often late.

The airline will put you on the next available flight free of charge, or offer a full refund, so long as you get to the airport within four hours of your scheduled departure time.

This is not available for flight-only bookings with the airline.

Otherwise, easyJet also offer an £99 Rescue Fee to book you onto the next available flight – as long as you arrive within two hours of your scheduled departure time.


Ryanair offer a Missed Departure Fee, at a cost of £100, to book passengers onto the next available flight.

But there is a catch – you have to be at the ticket desk within one hour of your scheduled departure time.


If you miss your flight, there are no refunds or transfers available – and you'll have to buy a new ticket.


Flybe flights are not only non-refundable but the company will also cancel any return or onward reservations booked with them.

So make sure you let them know if you're running late, and at risk of missing your flight.

British Airways

BA do not offer refunds if you miss your flight.

They do automatically book you onto the next available connecting flight if your first flight was delayed, but only if both legs of the journey are booked through BA as one journey.

A spokesman explains: "If you booked your connecting flight separately with another airline, we won't be able to help, even if our flight was delayed.

"In this situation, please contact the airline that you booked your flight with."

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