Q. What is the responsibility of the airline when they change the dates of my flight?
A. Unfortunately, none. Even if it ends up costing you financial hardship, there's no law against it. There should be, but there isn't. You might ask the airline to put you on another airline that serves the route when you want to fly, at no additional cost. But chances are they won't. Usually when this happens, alternate airfares bought at the last minute cost more than what you paid originally. Plus there's often additional hotel expenses if you're traveling back home rather than from home. This is why we encourage everyone to have travel insurance. In the meantime, we should all write our legislators and ask for some kind of regulation that protects consumers.