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Published: Apr 24, 2024 3 min read
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Make your vacation plans with confidence: Airline passengers will now be entitled to automatic refunds if their flights are canceled or significantly delayed.

The Biden administration announced Wednesday that airlines must provide cash refunds to your credit card within seven days, and customers won’t have to call their airlines or complete paperwork to get their money back.

The new rule, issued by the Department of Transportation, applies to any trip to or from the U.S. when the customer does not take an alternative flight or accept a travel voucher instead of the delayed or canceled flight. Airlines can still offer travel credits to make up for flight cancellations, but they must notify customers of the cash refund option.