If you've ever had a less than ideal flight experience, you know it can be expensive, time-consuming, and just the most stressful. Luckily, the new Air Passenger Protection Regulations in Canada will help you cash out on airport inconveniences. The new airline passenger rules in Canada, which came into effect this past July, include one other regulation that finally kicks in this December 15, 2019.

The Canadian Transportation Agency spent last summer collecting public opinions to help them put together a finalized list of regulations.

The final list of rules was announced in May and most of them came into play on July 17, 2019. However, one more is about to become official.

As of this weekend, you can be compensated up to $1000 for a delayed or cancelled flight. In addition to this, you can get up to $2400 if you're denied boarding and up to $2100 if your bags get lost or damaged.

The compensation regulations apply to “all flights to, from, and within Canada. This includes connecting flights,” explains the CTA.

Passengers are responsible for contacting airlines and filing claims in the event of a disruption or issue. Though, airlines are required to inform passengers about their rights throughout the travel process.

The compensation applies to any events that may occur that the airline is in control of and does not apply to anything out of the airline’s control.

All that said, unexpected airport problems and lost belongings sure don't feel as bad if you've got a fat check in the mail with your name on it.

There are a million things that can go wrong while you travel, and now there are a number of ways you can get compensated for them. 

Delayed Flights

If you've ever had a flight delayed, you probably identify with Tom Hanks in The Terminal because it kind of feels like you just live in the airport all of a sudden. Or, maybe you're one of the lucky ones who heard about a delay before you left the house.

In any case, you can get compensated with straight dollar bills for delays as of this weekend.

Passengers will be entitled to compensations at a rate dependent on how long their travel was delayed. The amounts are also different from large to small airlines.

On a large airline, you can get $400 for a delay from three to six hours, $700 for a delay from six to nine hours, and $1000 for a delay nine hours or over. For a small airline, amounts range from $125 to $500.

 

Cancelled Flights

If your flight gets cancelled, you will be compensated in the same manner. More specifically, the compensation will also be based upon how much extra time it took for you to get to your final destination.

The compensation for cancelled flights is the same as delayed flights. As is the case with all the regulations, it is only in regard to circumstances within the airline's control.

Denied Boarding

If you have a valid airline ticket but you’re not allowed to get on your flight because it's overbooked or for another other reason in which the airline is at fault, you can get a pretty huge amount of money.

To be more specific, if you are denied boarding and it results in a travel delay, you can get from $900 to $2400, depending on how long you’re held back from your final destination.

Getting denied has never had a bigger silver lining.

Lost or Damaged Baggage

Nothing ruins an exciting arrival quite like a lost or damaged bag. As of this Sunday, you can now get up to $2100 if you end up in one of these inconvenient, sometimes tragic situations.

Tarmac Delays

Though you won't be able to cash in monetarily for tarmac delays, there is good news for anyone who's been trapped inside a plane that's still on the ground for way too long.

The CTA has introduced a maximum time for tarmac delays. "After a 3 hour tarmac delay at a Canadian airport, airlines will be required to return to the gate so that passengers can disembark," says the website.

On top of that, there are new standards for how passengers must be treated during a tarmac delay. The new standards include "access to working lavatories, proper ventilation and heating or cooling, food and drink, and the ability to communicate with people outside the plane free of charge, if feasible."

So, if you're boarding a flight for the holidays, you don't need to worry about complications because it might just result in a bank account boost.

With new Canadian flight routes being announced all the time, it might be worthwhile to explore some travel plans now that you've got a little extra protection.


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