If you’ve ever been bumped from a flight, you’ll appreciate this. The United States Department of Transportation has recently changed the rules on what sort of restitution the airlines have to give inconvenienced passengers.
Airlines regularly overbook flights because, on average, a few passengers don’t show up for each flight. But when everybody does show up and there aren’t enough seats, something’s gotta give. New rules aim to make getting bumped a bit less painful.
If you are traveling internationally or taking a domestic flight that is longer than four hours, get bumped from the flight and are then delayed for two hours or more, you are eligible to receive a refund of four times what you paid for your ticket, with a max of $1,300. That’s a 63% increase over the previous max.
Additionally, new rules require that airlines refund luggage fees should they lose your bags (that’s on top of what they’d owe you for the luggage itself, your clothes, and whatever else you had inside).
Hopefully you won’t get bumped from a flight anytime soon. But if you do, remember that the airlines have to compensate you. Almost makes you want to hope to get bumped and delayed. Almost.
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