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READ THIS!! Your rights if you are holding a ticket from an airline that have/will declare bankruptcy!!

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Aug 24th, 2002, 05:59 AM
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READ THIS!! Your rights if you are holding a ticket from an airline that have/will declare bankruptcy!!

In the wake of Sept 11th, and due to concerns that a number of airlines might become insolvent, Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (Nov. 2001, to be enforced by DOT). Section 145 of this Act requires that airlines that operate the same route to transport and honor consumers holding tickets from the bankrupt airline(s). The caveat is in the language "to the maximum extent practicable". This applies for 60 days after the scheduled interrupted/suspended flight. That is, the traveler have the right to have the ticket honored with active carriers on flights doing the route(s) for up to 60 days after he/she was scheduled to depart. The traveler must make arrangements with the airline(s) himself/herself. The Act allows airlines to charge up to $100 in "administrative fees".
 
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Aug 24th, 2002, 06:05 AM
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Another route to take if you are on this unfortunate situation is to invoke the Fair Credit Billing Act. If your carrier goes bankrupt and is invoking Sept 11th, and you decide not to flight at all, you can check with your credit card and see if you are still protected under the Sept 11th provisions for credit refunds.

For more information, consult your government offices, that's what your tax money is for! Office of Aviation Enforcement, (202) 366-9349.
 
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Aug 24th, 2002, 07:50 AM
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Good to know. Thanks, Maira.
 
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Aug 30th, 2002, 03:28 PM
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MORE NEWS!!!

American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, announced today that it will charge $100 for customers with nonrefundable tickets wanting to fly stand-by for an alternate flight as the airline looks to stem a tide of losses.

USAirways new policy is that once a flight takes off, any passenger with a nonrefundable ticket who misses the plane without having already canceled the reservation will forfeit the price of the ticket.

Southwest Airlines announced earlier this month that it will cap its one-way, last-minute fares at $299 as it tries to expand its business-traveler market.

Delta, Northwest and Continental Airlines negotiated a partnership that will allow passengers to transfer flights between them, make reservatins for each other and share in the frequent flyer miles programs. Flights will start with a two letter code for the airline. USAirways and United are drafting a similar partnership.
 
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Oct 20th, 2002, 09:40 AM
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Any updates?
 
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Oct 20th, 2002, 11:20 AM
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Most of the US majors have adopted a "use it or lose it" policy. If you do not show up for a flight, the remainder of the ticket is invalid. You will be forced to buy a new ticket. The exception being United's higher priced M class nonrefundables which are typically in the $1200-1500 range. They will also hold the flight ticket value until mindnight of the day you were supposed to travel.

Also they are charging $100 for standby flights on the same day prior to your flight departure.

These rules apply for tickets purchase after September 5th for travel after October 1st. (The exception being USAirways, all tickets after September 5th)All tickets are nonrefundable with absolutely no refunds and tickets may only be used for future travel if a new ticket is purchased prior to your current flights departure. As of January 1st all waivers for high level frequent flyers will cease.

Flight schedules have been cut about 15%. Many routes have been switched to smaller aircraft.

Not a very cheeful picture.
 
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Oct 20th, 2002, 02:33 PM
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What will actually be gloomy is when most of the major airlines go bankrupt with the governmet watching from the sidelines and doing nothing. Re-Regulate the airlines NOW!
 
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