Flight Delayed More Than 3 Hours? You’re Entitled to up to €600
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Do you want to be part of the 2% of travellers who actually get the compensation the airlines owe them for a delayed flight?
It’s very simple to do this. You just have to know your rights, because you are protected by European regulations.
Under what conditions am I compensated?
If you experience a flight delay of more than three hours or an outright cancellation, your airline is legally obliged to compensate you if the following conditions are met:
- You were notified of the disruption less than 14 days prior to departure
- Your flight is departing from Europe or the airline is European
- The airline is responsible for the delay (you won’t be compensated if the delay is due to a storm, a health alert or a strike)
What allowance are you entitled to for your flight delay?
The compensation provided by the airlines is fixed:
The amount is determined by the distance traveled by your aircraft, and not related to the ticket price.
So if you’re travelling on a delayed flight from Paris to Bangkok, it’s not relevant whether you bought it for €400 or €50. In both cases, you will be entitled to €600 compensation.
In addition, the airline is obliged to provide you with the following services when you are delayed or cancelled:
- Re-routing on a new flight to the same destination, as soon as possible
- Meals and drinks during your waiting period
- Accommodation if you have to spend one or more nights waiting for your new flight
Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You may be entitled to as much as € 600 in compensation if your flight has been delayed, canceled or overbooked within the last three years.
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