Earlier this year, American Eagle Airlines bumped more than 6,000 of 3.6 million passengers. Airlines are offering fewer flights to cut costs, but increasing air traffic means a high chance of geting bumped—even if you booked your ticket well in advance.
Starting in August, though, airlines will have to pay travelers anywhere from $650 to $1,300 for involuntary bumping, depending on the length of delay. If you have time to spare, it's not a bad deal. If your delay forces you to miss your connecting flight and you have to spend a night in a Paris hotel…you might still end up short.