• Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights last weekend that left some passengers stranded.
  • Travelers with canceled flights are owed a refund and can push for hotel stays and alternate travel.
  • Trip insurance can help get expenses reimbursed if it's due to a flight delay or cancelation.

Southwest Airlines is still canceling flights after a weekend meltdown during which more than 1,700 flights were cut from the schedule.
At least 365 flights have already been canceled for Monday, according to flight tracking company FlightAware, and more may be on the horizon as the airline recovers from a chaotic weekend.
There's no foolproof method to avoid being stranded when flight cancellations and delays strike, but travelers should take precautions before heading to the airport to increase their chances of resolving airline-related issues.