You *are* protected.. not “principally”… however “ARE”.. Meaning, within the off-chance you miss your connection the following airline will put you onto their subsequent flight..
That stated, do know that the time period “subsequent flight” does imply subsequent flight that has open seats on it.. They don’t seem to be required to displace/bump somebody off their later confirmed flight to make room for you.. This solely turns into a problem if the later flights are already absolutely booked..
Additionally, it’s normal that the airline will not pay for any bills you incur when you wait.. It’s possible you’ll nevertheless, have some regional passenger safety rights relying on the place you are originating from and/or the airways concerned.
Airline “tickets” could be purchased through a number of sources– the 2 commonest are from the airline instantly (on-line or in individual), or from a standard journey agent.. In the long run, what you really find yourself with– a ticket to travel– is identical.. however the way you go about shopping for it and the processes for issues like modifications, refunds and many others. can differ based mostly on how/who you obtain from.
As to what you get– that’s the ‘ticket’… Tickets in most all circumstances in the present day are not the basic paper-style ticket as you have in all probability turn out to be used to.. Moderately they’re electronically saved “data” of your buy and journey plans.. Therefore the time period “E-ticket”… These E-Tickets are saved on the airways computer systems and are accessible solely to certified folks like staff and a few brokers.
A ‘although’ ticket is one that’s purchased in ONE complete piece.. Let’s use a working instance.. You’re planning to fly from Metropolis A to Metropolis C, however there are not any airways that fly from A to C continuous.. you have to make a connection in Metropolis B..
A by means of ticket could be one that’s issued as “A to C”.. the truth that it includes a cease/connection in metropolis B is immaterial. You’re ticketed from A to C utilizing one single ticket..
Alternatively, in case you booked one ticket from Metropolis A to Metropolis B.. then, afterward, booked one other ticket from Metropolis B to Metropolis C, you’ll NOT be on a by means of ticket.. you obtain two separate tickets and wouldn’t be entitled to the protections of a by means of passenger.