Oh joy of joys! Anyone who’s traveled in China enough knows that flight delays seem to happen more often than not. The waiting period has gotten so bad sometimes that passengers have come to fisticuffs with airline employees. But now you actually get something (besides high blood pressure) from the hours of pre-boarding: cold hard cash.
Granted, the money only comes if you’ve been waiting for over four hours. And there are some caveats. According to new government regulations, after that mark, airlines are requested to provide you with an adequate rest area, and offer compensation.
Airlines can choose to either compensate you with either 250RMB on the spot, or 300RMB worth of ticket discounts/mileage/other forms. If you’ve waited more than eight hours, you could get 300RMB on the spot, or 450RMB worth of ticket discounts/mileage/other forms of compensation. I hope that “other” doesn’t mean something useless – like Haibao dolls.
But what if you’ve only been forced to sit around, not getting to your destination, for three hours or so? You’ll be offered free food if the delay is over an hour.
Of course, this all depends on whether the carrier is willing to admit that it was their fault you’re delayed in the first place. If a non-carrier reason is cited (which can range from weather to “public safety reasons”), then all you receive is some help booking a hotel and finding a place to eat.
And no luck if you’re on Spring Airlines. For some reason, the low-cost flier is the only domestic company exempt from this regulation.