United Airlines Strike Compensation
Updated on 11.08.2022
In August many flights operated by United Airlines will be cancelled due to staff or pilot strikes. We want to remind you that flight cancellations due to these staff strikes may be eligible for compensation if you were informed by United Airlines less than 14 days before your flight.
If you’ve been affected by an United Airlines strike, then you’ve come to the right place. You may be entitled to up to $700 in compensation if you experienced delays or cancellations due to an airline strike. We can help you make a claim under EU law.
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United Airlines Strike Compensation: Know Your Rights
As air passengers, we are protected by a piece of EU law called EC 261. It holds airlines financially accountable for flight disruptions that they are responsible for. That includes flight disruptions due to airline staff strikes. So if your flight was canceled due to a strike, you may be eligible for compensation under the EC 261 regulations. The law regarding this particular situation was clarified only as recently as 2018. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, ruled that disruption caused by airline employee strikes qualifies for compensation as the airline is considered responsible for the behavior of their own staff.
You can find out more about EC 261 and your air passenger rights here.
Eligibility for United Airlines Strike Compensation
- When am I eligible?
- When am I not eligible?
- Check your eligibility with AirHelp
- What about past United Airlines strikes?
When am I Eligible for Flight Strike Compensation from United Airlines?
You are eligible for strike compensation if:
- You had a flight disrupted by a United Airlines staff strike.
- Your flight was either delayed by 3 hours or more, or was canceled less than 14 days before it was due to depart.
- You had a confirmed flight reservation.
- The disruption occurred within the last 3 years.
- If you took a replacement flight, your new arrival time was significantly different to your original flight.
Airline staff strikes are strikes involving the employees of United Airlines. That includes pilots, cabin crew, airline engineers, and other employees working directly for United Airlines. If you book a flight which is disrupted because of a staff strike, United Airlines may owe you compensation to make up for the trouble caused.
We believe that air passenger rights should always come first – if an airline strike with United Airlines causes or caused your flight to be delayed, canceled, or even result in a denied boarding, you can make a claim for compensation.
When am I Not Eligible for Strike Compensation from United Airlines?
You are not eligible for strike compensation if the strike is one that United Airlines has no control over. For example:
- Strikes by airport security staff
- Strikes by baggage handlers
- Strikes by air traffic management staff
- Strikes caused by political unrest
While United Airlines staff strikes are within the control of United Airlines, all other strikes are considered to be “extraordinary circumstances”. Extraordinary circumstances are any events or situations that are completely beyond the airline’s control and cannot be avoided, even if reasonable measures have been taken to protect against them. In such cases, United Airlines is not at fault.
Check Your Eligibility for Airline Strike Compensation from United Airlines with AirHelp!
Not sure whether your flight qualifies for flight strike compensation? There are a lot of laws and exclusions, so for a quick and easy answer, all you have to do is to fill out our eligibility checker with your details. We’ll tell you if your flight qualifies and how much you’re entitled to. You can also use us to handle the claim for you.
What About Past United Airlines Strikes?
If you were affected by an United Airlines strike in the last 3 years you might be eligible for compensation.
Use our compensation check to see if you are eligible.
How Much is United Airlines Strike Compensation?
The amount of compensation that you are entitled to, depends on your individual circumstances, but you may be owed as much as $700* per person. Click on the type of disruption you had to find out more.
*Some amounts on this page are shown in Euros as legal processing takes place within the European Union.
United Airlines Strike Flight Cancellation Compensation
Sometimes, United Airlines staff strikes can lead to the cancellation of your flight altogether. If you’ve had a flight canceled due to a strike, you could be owed compensation! You qualify for compensation if the airline notified you less than 14 days before your flight was due to depart, and they weren’t able to offer you an alternative flight which arrived at a similar time.
|Less than 2 hours||2 - 3 hours||3 – 4 hours||More than 4 hours||Never arrived||Distance|
|€125||€250||€250||€250||€250||All flights 1,500 km or less|
|€200||€200||€400||€400||€400||Internal EU flights over 1,500 km|
|€200||€200||€400||€400||€400||Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km|
|€300||€300||€300||€600||€600||Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km|
You can learn more about flight cancellations and your rights here.
United Airlines Strike Flight Delay Compensation
Strikes, such as an United Airlines flight attendant strike can sometimes cause lengthy delays and affect your arrival at your final destination. You are eligible for compensation if your flight is delayed by 3 hours or more.
How much could you be owed when your flight with United Airlines is delayed?
|Less than 3 hours||3 – 4 hours||More than 4 hours||Never arrived||Distance|
|€ –||€250||€250||€250||All flights 1,500 km or less|
|€ –||€400||€400||€400||Internal EU flights over 1,500 km|
|€ –||€400||€400||€400||Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km|
|€ –||€300||€600||€600||Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km|
You can learn more about flight delay compensation here.
Denied Boarding Compensation
During a strike, such as an United Airlines flight attendant strike there may be instances where you are denied boarding due to an aircraft being overbooked. If you are denied boarding against your will, you may be entitled to compensation. You can learn more about denied boarding compensation here.
Important Passenger Rights During a United Airlines Strike
You Have the Right to Care
When you experience flight disruption due to an airline strike, you have the “right to care“. Depending on the length of the delay, United Airlines must provide you with several essentials, including:
- Meals and refreshments.
- Access to communications, including two telephone calls, fax messages, or emails.
- Overnight accommodation, including transportation to and from the airport to your hotel, if necessary.
Rebooking and Refunds
If your flight has been canceled or delayed for more than five hours, you have the right to withdraw from your flight and receive a complete refund.
If your flight was canceled, you also have the choice of taking an alternative flight, organized by United Airlines, to get you to your destination. You can learn more about rebooking and refunds here.
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Flight disruption due to airline strikes does happen, and it is your right to receive compensation if you are affected. AirHelp makes the process of claiming easy and stress-free. We handle the heavy lifting for you!
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About United Airlines
United Airlines is one of three major US airlines, along with Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. It operates a large domestic and international route network, with an extensive presence in the Asia-Pacific region. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance.
United Airlines Headquarters
The United Airlines headquarters are in Chicago. The airline is part of the Star Alliance with other major airlines such as Lufthansa or Singapore airlines.
Airline IATA Code: UA
Address: United Airlines Inc., 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, United States
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