Passengers to Get More Compensation for Lost Bags, Bumping

The U.S. Department of Transportation has increased the amount of money passengers can receive in compensation for getting bumped from a flight or if an airline mishandles their  bag. This revised rule goes into effect Aug. 25, 2015.

Bag Compensation

Back in 2012, the DOT’s original Passenger Protections rule gave travelers up to $3,400 for a lost or damaged bag. The new rule bumps it up 100 bucks to $3,500.

Tip: Most airline contracts of carriage forbid passengers from packing certain valuables in checked-bags including electronics and jewelry so it seems unlikely these items would be covered no matter what happens to the bag.

Bumping Compensation

In the past, passengers who were involuntarily bumped from a plane received from $650 to $1,300 depending on the length of time it took a carrier to get the passenger on another flight. This compensation has since been raised to $675 up to $1,350.

Tip: This compensation is or involuntary bumping only; it does not include passengers who agree to be bumped for a voucher. Please note: Victims of involuntary bumping can get their compensation in cash (or more likely, a check). Be sure to insist on cash.


Updated: May 27, 2015