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What are my rights if I was involuntarily bumped from a flight because of overbooking?

Updated: Jul 5, 2022


The airline will often let you keep your original ticket, which you can use for your next trip, or give you a full refund as well as compensate you between 200 and 400 percent of your original ticket cost, depending on how long you are delayed from your original arrival time.

Do not escalate the situation by arguing or getting physical with any airline employees. You may forfeit certain rights in the event of a conflict or confrontation.

Depending on how long you are delayed from your original arrival time, you typically will receive between 200 and 400 percent of your ticket cost (capped at $1350). The Department of Transportation also mandates that airlines pay you in cash for involuntary bumps, as vouchers often expire after one year.

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