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Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

When making reservations for a trip to Europe, I had an opportunity to purchase a flash airfare for myself and a friend. The normal price of $1,000 had been reduced to $700 for several hours. I did not know my friend’s middle name but wanted to purchase the tickets. I believed that because of the 24-hour rule, I could always change the middle name. The rule isn’t quite that simple. I learned an important lesson.

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POLICY

Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

When making reservations for a trip to Europe, I had an opportunity to purchase a flash airfare for myself and a friend. The normal price of $1,000 had been reduced to $700 for several hours. I did not know my friend’s middle name but wanted to purchase the tickets. I believed that because of the 24-hour rule, I could always change the middle name. The rule isn’t quite that simple. I learned an important lesson.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Why passengers need common airline flight credit rules

Why passengers need common airline flight credit rules

We need common airline flight credit rules for airfare refunds and flight credit protection. The pandemic refund issue has been screwed up for consumers since the beginning. It is a major issue with more than $10 billion in outstanding flight credits, estimated by the...

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CORONAVIRUS

Why passengers need common airline flight credit rules

Why passengers need common airline flight credit rules

We need common airline flight credit rules for airfare refunds and flight credit protection. The pandemic refund issue has been screwed up for consumers since the beginning. It is a major issue with more than $10 billion in outstanding flight credits, estimated by the...

Why ending mask mandates probably won’t end air rage

Why ending mask mandates probably won’t end air rage

Mask mandates are not the only problems that airlines face. This point is not about the third rail, or perhaps I should say, the middle seat, of arguing airline mask mandates. As of the time of writing, mask mandates are gone. And even had a judge not struck down the...

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Accomplishments

These accomplishments have been achieved by working closely with our members, national media, the travel industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Congress and many other agencies.

  • Bi-partisan bill to eliminate hotel resort fees introduced into House of Representatives
  • Creation of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections
  • Advertised airfares now include airfare plus, mandatory taxes and fees
  • Lost/damaged/delayed luggage compensation limit increased to $3,500
  • Passengers have 24 hours to change or cancel their nonrefundable tickets without penalty
  • Once an airfare is purchased, that airfare and ancillary fees cannot be increased
  • Families flying together act passed by Congress that requires family members 13 years of age and younger to sit with other family members at no additional cost.