Have you ever been kicked off a flight because the airline overbooked it?
Effective Tuesday, bumped travelers are now eligible to receive twice as much money as they were before, according to Kelly Yamanouchi’s story on ajc.com. You could be reimbursed up to $1,300 depending on how much you originally paid for your ticket and how long you have to wait to hop another flight.
More from the story about the new regulations:
- Involuntarily bumped passengers are entitled to cash compensation equal to double the one-way value of their tickets, up to $650, if the airline was able to get them to their destination within a short period of time (within one to two hours of their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and one to four hours for international flights).
- Passengers delayed for a lengthy period of time (more than two hours after their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights) are entitled to four times the value of the one-way price of their tickets, up to $1,300.
- Inflation adjustments will be made to the compensation limits every two years.
- Airlines are required to refund any fee for carrying a bag if the bag is lost.
- Airlines must prominently disclose all optional fees on their websites, including fees for baggage, meals, canceling or changing reservations, or advanced or upgraded seating.
Have you ever been bumped from a flight and felt your compensation wasn’t enough for the hassle? Do the new regulations make up for the frustration of having your travel plans altered?
– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter