If you’re delayed on your way to the airport because of a summer thunderstorm, you might think you’re out of luck. Most airlines now gladly charge you a full walk-up fare for the next flight when you don’t get to the gate on time — even if it’s for a reason beyond your control.
Here’s a secret: The so-called “flat tire” rule still exists in some places, notably Southwest Airlines. You just have to remind the ticket agent that it’s still there. And in some cases, you need to know what it’s called.
For example, at US Airways, it isn’t called a “flat tire” rule. It’s referred to as the “two-hour” rule.
This is from a US Airways insider, who retrieved the text of the two-hour policy from its reservation system:
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