Here’s why booking connections on separate itineraries is a bad idea

Dov Hook wants a refund for change fees charged by American Airlines for a connection he didn’t make. But our advocates are not inclined to assist him because his situation is the result of his own errors.

Hook’s case is a warning to air travelers to avoid booking connecting flights on separate itineraries and to check in by the time indicated on one’s air ticket. And when traveling with small children or anyone with mobility issues, as Hook was, you need to allow yourself additional advance time to check in and make connections. Otherwise, as Hook discovered the hard way, you might be staying on the ground and on the hook for some hefty change fees.

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When Maurice Woolman’s flight from Berlin to Madrid was delayed, he worried that he wouldn’t be able to make his connection to Miami, which was scheduled to take off 70 minutes after his arrival in Madrid.

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When Sarah Birger’s flight to Phoenix is delayed by seven hours, American Airlines rebooks her on a flight for Albuquerque. But she’ll miss a connection if she takes that flight. Can American Airlines claim it has no further obligation to Birger after rebooking her on a flight going miles away from her original destination?

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