EU flight delay compensation
In my travels around the world, I have taken more than 300 flights across all countries. From traveling to Syria to traveling to Iraq, visiting Socotra in Yemen to tourism in Libya! While I am super proud of this accomplishment, it was never an easy one. I had to overcome many hurdles to reach there.
Flight travels are never easy. You will always have to face delays, missed connections, flight cancellation, and re-bookings. Although most airlines refund, the inconveniences caused can affect your trip and travel plans.
Fortunately, there are many air passenger rights that can help you claim compensation for these serious inconveniences. Flightright is a platform to help you get to know your rights with the airlines. They have been offering digital, straightforward, and transparent legal services to help air passengers understand and exercise their rights. Their compensation calculator is the easiest and fastest way to find out whether you are entitled to compensation and to claim it.
It was during my travel across Europe that I came to know about the EU 261. It is an air passenger rights regulation that entitles you to claim compensation for travel disruptions like flight delays or unexpected flight cancellations. Here are some of the major things you need to know about EU 261 flight regulations.
What is the 261/2004 regulation in Europe?
Let’s start with the law basics. What exactly is the EU 261 regulation? Passed in 2004, it is a set of common rules to protect travelers from inconveniences like flight delays and flight cancellations. According to these rules, passengers are entitled to compensation if their travel is disrupted due to factors which the airlines could have prevented. Travelers with a valid ticket and booking confirmation can claim compensation from €250 to €600 depending on the circumstances. This is also applicable for those who are traveling on a package holiday or using a low-cost airline ticket booked with loyalty points. The law is in your favour.
What rules apply for canceled or delayed flights?
If your flight has been delayed for 3 hours, or is canceled less than 14 days before departure, then you are eligible for compensation. Sure, Amex may cover you for small things to buy in the meantime, but you need to be compensated too. The amount will vary depending on the distance, and the flight needs to be taking off or landing in the European Union. Short distance flight delays below 1500km can get you €250 compensation, while medium and long-distance flight delays can get you up to €400 and €600 respectively.
How to claim compensation?
Once you have found out that you are eligible for a compensatory claim, you can seek help from professional services to represent you and negotiate with the airlines. In order for the claim to be fully processed, it may take time. Whatever the case may be, keep in mind that all claims are valid for more than 6 years.
However, there are certain compensations that you can immediately receive while you are still at the airport. When your flight is delayed for more than 2 hours, or you have a flight cancellation, you are entitled to get free drinks and food. If the flight is postponed for the following day, then the airline must provide you with accommodation in a hotel for the night.
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