I returned this weekend from an interview, and my departing flight was canceled because of weather, with no chance to get a flight out for 2 days. I had to either stay overnight there 2 nights, or else overnight 1 night, rent a car, drive to another city and get a flight out from that city the next morning. Because the cancelation was weather-related the airline says they're not responsible for compensating the traveler. Either way, total cost to me of $250-300. I chose the latter.
So who is normally expected to cover the cost of unexpected travel expenses? Am I on the hook because the university is only responsible for the usual, expected costs, or do universities normally factor in occasional costs due to SNAFUs? Is requesting reimbursement uncouth or likely to poison the pot? If it matters, I originally paid for the air travel with the promise of reimbursement.