Have you ever experienced a flight delay, cancellation, or overbooking? If so, you may be eligible for compensation!
But not every flight qualifies – so how can you tell if yours does? The laws on airline passenger’s rights can be confusing, to say the least. That’s why we’ve developed this comprehensive list to help you see if your flight might be eligible for compensation.
If you’ve had a delayed flight within the past three years, it may be eligible for compensation. Here are the rules:
If you’ve had a cancelled flight within the past three years, it may be eligible for compensation. Here are the rules:
If your flight was overbooked and you were then denied boarding, then you could be eligible for compensation. Here are the rules:
*In the case of overbookings, an airline cannot claim “extraordinary circumstances” to get out of paying compensation. Read more about this ruling here.
If you’ve experienced a delay, cancellation, or overbooking with a connecting flight in the past three years, you may be eligible for compensation. But the law in regards to connecting flights can be a bit more confusing.
All of the rules above apply except:
*For connecting flights, your eligibility for compensation due to delay, cancellation, or overbooking depends on the total delay en route to your final destination.
*If you booked connecting flights on two separate airlines, then each of these flights are considered to be separate. Therefore the “final destination” will be considered the final destination of each individual flight, not of your whole trip.
Did your flight’s criteria make the list? Even if one of your most recent flights didn’t make the list, disrupted flights from up to three years ago could be eligible for compensation. You can find out even more about this and other airline passenger rights by reading your airline’s contract of carriage.
If your most recent or up to three year old flight made the list, go ahead and file a claim for compensation. We need to hold airlines accountable to the law – don’t miss the chance to be given the compensation you deserve!
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