Did you know that hundreds of thousands of travelers were bumped off domestic flights last year? And did you know that many of those poor forsaken souls were legally owed cash--not just drink vouchers?
How much were they due? Well, according to the Code of Federal Regulations, you’re supposed to get up to $1,300 if you’re kicked off a flight because of overbooking.
Here to aid in your quest for justice is AirHelp, a new website and app that bullies airlines into paying out.
Say you’re stuck at LAX after getting bumped off your 10 p.m. red-eye. Once you’ve stopped maniacally fuming, simply open the app and enter a few details about your (stupid) flight. AirHelp will then check to see if you’re eligible for reimbursement and, if so, how much.
If you are owed money, you’ll sign a PDF granting them power of attorney and they’ll go to bat for your compensation, which should arrive within six weeks. (It can take up to a year if they have to take the airline to court.)
AirHelp gets paid only if you get paid--they keep 25 percent--and they give you $20 for every fellow passenger you recruit from your flight.
So go ahead, start your public griping.