Paid for the Shortest Connection, Given the Longer

Q. Is there is anything one can do when the airline changes the flight times, increasing the connection time from 40 minutes to 4 hours, plus with an additional connection instead of the original single connection?! I intentionally spent a little extra money to book the quickest flight with the shortest possible connection. If I wanted to spend all day on a plane, I would have booked the cheaper flight to begin with. Isn't there some recourse?



A. If the airline still flies the route on the same schedule as you originally booked, try calling the airline and ask to be re-instated on that schedule. This happened to a friend of mine a few years ago. He booked a nonstop from NYC to Denver on United at a very good price and was then re-booked on a connecting flight. He called United again and again until they put him back on the nonstop. The only other option is to ask for a full refund.

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