Flight Delay Refund

If you have experienced a flight delay, it may be possible to ask for a flight delay refund by getting in touch with your airline or travel agent. If your flight departed from the EU and the delay exceeds 3 hours or more, you may also be entitled to up to $700 in compensation per person. At AirHelp, we make claiming for compensation easy and stress-free.

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Regulations Regarding Refunds for Flight Delays

If your flight has been delayed, it may be possible to get a flight delay refund, though this depends on what was agreed on when you purchased your ticket. Some flights are non-refundable unless the flight was outright canceled less than 14 days before you were set to depart, or if you were denied boarding. For flight delay refunds, it is always best to contact your airline or travel agency directly to find out what their policies are.

However, if your flight departed from the EU and was delayed by 3 hours or more, you may be entitled to up to €600 in compensation according to a law known as EC 261. This law protects air passengers flying within the EU, and ensures that they receive care and compensation if they experience a lengthy delay.

Are you allowed to receive both compensation and a flight delay refund?

Yes! Though it depends on each unique case, it is absolutely possible to receive both compensation and a refund. AirHelp can help you figure out if your flight is eligible for compensation. Use our free Compensation Checker today.

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AirHelp is the world's largest air passenger rights organization, here to help air travelers secure compensation for delayed, canceled, or overbooked flights.

We make claiming compensation easy and stress-free. Whether you are unsure of your rights, lack the time, or simply want an expert to handle your entire claim for you, AirHelp can help you get what you are rightfully owed.

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Claiming Compensation for Flight Delays and Cancellations

How do you know when you should claim compensation for a delayed or canceled flight? Though the law can be complicated, we're here to break it down for you:

Delayed flights: you may be able to claim compensation if your flight arrived 3 hours or more late.
Canceled flights: you may be eligible for compensation if your flight was canceled less than 14 days before it was due to depart.
Overbookings: you are owed compensation any time you are denied boarding through no fault of your own — so long as you didn't voluntarily give up your seat.

We should note that if extraordinary circumstances were involved, arirlines are under no obligation to pay compensation. Examples of extraordinary circumstances include bad weather, travel restrictions, and air traffic control strikes. Though these situations cause delays and cancellations, the airline isn't at fault, so can't be expected to offer compensation.

Remember these are European flight regulations and so only apply to flights departing from an EU airport, or flights landing in the EU with a European airline. The table below makes it clear which flights are covered:

Claim up to $700 in compensation if your flight has been delayed, canceled, or overbooked within the last 3 years.

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How Much Flight Compensation?

DistanceCompensation
All flights under 1,500 kmUp to €250 per person
Internal EU flights over 1,500 kmUp to €400 per person
Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 - 3,500 kmUp to €400 per person
Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 kmUp to €600 per person

Table shows values in € as specified in EC 261

In some circumstances the compensation amount may differ from the standard amounts shown above. The easiest way to find out what you’re owed is to use our Compensation Calculator.


What to Do if Your Flight is Delayed or Canceled

If you experience a flight delay or cancellation, here's what you should do:

  • Hold onto your boarding pass and other travel documents.
  • Ask why the flight was delayed or canceled.
  • Request food, drinks, and if necessary, free transport and hotel accommodation.
  • If you had a canceled flight, ask for an alternative flight or a refund.
  • Keep all receipts of any extra expenses you may have had, including necessary food, clothing, etc.
  • Be careful not to sign any waivers or accept vouchers that will require you to waive your right to compensation.

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