Bumped from your flight? DOT rules double cash you’re entitled to starting May 19

Did you know that when you’re bumped from a flight due to overbooking, under U.S. Dept. of Transportation regulations you can demand cash instead of a voucher for another flight?

The goods news today is that the DOT says starting May 19 airlines will have to pay you up to double what they were previously obliged.

If you’re bumped, you can insist on a refund of up to $400 if your alternative domestic flight puts you behind between 1 and 2 hours. Beyond that, you can request a refund up to $800. For international flights, the $400 threshold is if you’re delayed between 1 and 4 hours, with delays beyond that eligible for a $800 refund.