If your flight is cancelled because of the Coronavirus You are entitled to:
A full refund of your ticket or An alternative flight (when flights are rescheduled).
If you’re stranded at the airport because of a cancellation you’re entitled to care. That includes:
Meals and refreshments.
Access to communication.
Accommodation when necessary.
At this point in time, we cannot accept claims for compensation for flight cancellations caused directly by Coronavirus, as the airlines must prioritise the health and safety of their passengers and crew first and foremost.
This includes flights to and from any areas affected by a travel warning or ban.
What if I don’t want to fly?
If you decide not to travel due to the Coronavirus you should contact your airline to find out what their refund policy is, or to see if they have specific guidelines covering the outbreak.
AirHelp works on a “no win, no fee”basis. So if we don’t win the case in court, we won’t charge you any fee for our services — that’s part of AirHelp’s promise.
If you recently experienced a delayed, canceled, or overbooked flight, you may be eligible for compensation. However, the laws differ quite a bit based on where you’re flying. Here’s a breakdown:
If you’re flying within the US
Flights within the US are only eligible for compensation if they are overbooked and you were denied boarding, and the rerouted flight they put you on gets you to your destination one hour late or more.
If you’re flying to or from Europe
Flights to or from Europe are eligible for compensation if they are delayed, canceled, or overbooked due to a situation the airline could control. Situations that the airlines couldn’t control (such as bad weather) are exempt from compensation.
If you’re flying to or from Brazil
Flights to or from Brazil may be eligible for compensation when they are delayed or canceled. This is especially true if the airline doesn’t provide care or treat passengers fairly.
We do our best to make the claim process as quick as possible, but unfortunately, in some cases, it can take a while to get your rightful compensation. There are several external factors that could slow down the process such as airline response times, high claim volumes, dealing with aviation authorities, and possible legal proceedings. While we do everything that we can to push them to respond quickly, these factors are often beyond our control. We ask you to please be patient, and be assured that we are working on getting you your compensation.
How much you’re entitled to will depend on the regulations of the country or countries where you were flying.
In Europe, you can get up to $700, depending on the distance flown, and how long you were delayed. You can learn more here.
In Brazil, it can vary greatly depending on each individual case, but you can get up to $1,300 in compensation for what’s known as “moral damages”. You can learn more here.