Nov 22, 2017 Travel

Bumped From an Overbooked Flight? Here's Exactly What You're Owed

by Kelsey Clark
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We've officially entered the busiest travel season of the year, and flight delays, cancellations, and overbookings are unfortunate inevitabilities. While aggressive behavior like we've seen this year are far from lawful, all airlines do have the right to bump you from an overbooked flight, even involuntarily. With that in mind, it's important to know your rights in regard to financial compensation. As Thrillist reports, here's exactly what you're owed if you're involuntarily bumped from a flight:

  • If you reach your destination between one and two hours after the original flight was scheduled to land (two and four hours on an international flight), you get cash compensation equal to 200% of the ticket price with a maximum of $650, plus a refund on the purchased ticket.
  • If you're rebooked and land more than two hours after the scheduled arrival time (four hours on an international flight), you get cash compensation equal to 400% of the ticket price with a maximum of $1300, plus a refund on the purchased ticket.

Thrillist does add that these rules do not apply if your rebooked flight lands within one hour of the original arrival time, if you don't abide by the check-in or reconfirmation procedures, if your plane is switched out for a smaller plane, or if there are safety-related issues on a plane with fewer than 61 seats.

Head over to Thrillist for more information, and read up on the nine surprising items customs will confiscate at the airport next.

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