Cancellation Prize

There’s nothing more infuriating than sitting on the tarmac in some 737, smooshed between two annoying people who are hogging all that recirculated air, only to hear the captain calmly announce another hour-long delay until the weather clears. However, there’s now a brighter side to such air travel torture.

Booking your flights through, the corporate arm of travel company Rosenbluth Interactive in Philadelphia, can get you refunds for delayed flights and other flying frustrations. You’re eligible when you use and fly on one of six airlines: Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, U.S. Airways and Japan Airlines.

If your flight arrives 30 minutes late, you get US$100; if it’s more than an hour late, you receive US$200; more than two hours late, and it becomes a free plane ride for you – a total refund.

Other inconveniences that get you cash back: Any flight cancelled on the date of departure secures you a free trip; if your seat gets changed on a domestic flight, you get US$25; and if you don’t get that vegetarian meal you ordered, you pocket another US$25. More details can be found at

With such perks, you might find yourself hoping for flight delays in the future.