Hooray for air travel rights! Airline passengers can celebrate the new regulations by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which take effect today. Some of these include:
- Getting a full refund on all airline tickets if you cancel within 24 hours of making the reservation as long as the departure date is at least one week away.
- Holding a reservation without payment.
- Passengers have to be notified immediately of cancellations and delays longer than half an hour.
- Ticket prices "generally" can't be increased after they are bought (this regulation is pretty vague, but hopefully it'll offer some protection).
- Baggage fees must be disclosed when customers book a flight.
- Mandatory taxes and fees have to be included in airfares displayed in advertisements.
I think the full refund of airline tickets is a huge bonus and will save lots of people money in the long run. Further, some of these new rules will definitely cut down on a lot of needless discussions with customer service reps! Which regulation are you the most excited about?