Flight Cancelled? What Compensation Can I Get?

From the last blog post, you know that you can get a refund on your flight even if it is non- refundable as long as the airline cancelled the flight.

Now, are you entitled to hotel, food, rental car, etc?

No! As long as the airline provides a refund or voucher for the flight, they are not responsible for delays or compensation for the delay or next date to fly. Some airlines will voluntarily provide a voucher for food or hotel but are not required to provide anything for weather or plane issues.

In the event that the ticket is oversold or you get “bumped” then compensation is required to be provided by the airline. They typically do this when they ask for volunteers who are willing to take a flight tomorrow or later the same day for $300, $800, $1000.

When travel has allowed, I have taken a later flight and the extra cash / voucher for a free flight to Europe! Don’t be afraid to negotiate!

Department of Transportation

In the United States, airlines are not required to compensate passengers when flights are delayed or cancelled. Compensation is required by U.S. law only when certain passengers are “bumped” from a flight that is oversold.

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