You Have 24 Hours

ticket_counterI recently learned that the Department of Transportation has a “24-hour reservation requirement” rule for airlines that, “requires carriers to hold a reservation at the quoted fare for 24 hours without payment or allow a reservation to be canceled within 24 hours without penalty”.

More information:
Guidance on the 24-hour reservation requirement

I foolishly assumed that a teenager could find the best flight to get to a summer activity in another state and I allowed that teenager to make a reservation for connecting flights and and a long layover.  Then I found that Southwest had a less expensive direct flight.  But all was well.  I was able to cancel the more expensive flight, get a refund, and book the better alternative.

Thanks, Department of Transportation!


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