Flight Delay Compensation Up To 600€
Ever experienced 3+ hours flight delays? If yes, then according to EU Regulation 261/2004, you may have the right to compensation. This amount is up to 600€ ($700) per passenger.
Flight Delay Compensation
The European Commission (EC) introduced Regulation No. 261 in 2004 to care for air passengers. The compensation is up to 600 Euros for flight delays, cancellations and denied boarding.
The EU flight delay compensation follows some rules though …
- You should have been delayed for more than 3 hours on arrivals.
- You should have been departed from an EU airport or landed at an EU airport with an EU regulated airline.
They argue that as soon as the aircraft hits the runway is the arrival time. Don’t be surprised, companies love exploiting loopholes in the system.
The good thing is you do not have to be an EU citizen to claim.
A flight delay occurs, and it is a common thing for air travelers. But, it is important to know your rights in case you face one. This way you would know what you are entitled to.
Flight delays can be due to so many reasons. The airlines are not responsible for all of them.
Can airlines have control over storms and extreme weather conditions? No, but they can be responsible for things under control like technical faults or mishandling aircrew.
Simply put, if a flight delay could have been avoided, the airline owes you money.
By the way, the stats are on your side. Looking at historical data the airlines have been responsible for most of these. This is good news.
The U.S. and the EU have different policies for the air passengers. The EU gives more rights to air travelers. You could also say that it puts more pressure on the airlines.
But you should know how it works. Strangely, not many people knew that they can claim money from the airlines. It is like leaving cash on the table. So, think of this ‘flight delay compensation guide’ as an awareness post.
Compensation that you can claim for delayed flights
The compensation amount varies depending on the length of delay and route distance.
You can use our free flight delay compensation calculator to check the compensation amount that the airline owes you. Enter your flight number and travel date in the compensation checker tool and the exact amount will pop right up.
The rule is simple. To claim money back, you should have reached later than 3 hours at your final destination.
The following table is a snippet of the amounts you can expect in Euros (€) from airlines under the EU Regulation 261/2004.
|Length of Delay||Travel Distance||Compensation|
|Up to 2 hours 59 mins||Any Distance||No|
|3+ hours||Less than 1500 km||250€ (approx. $280)|
|Between 1500 km to 3500 km||400€ (approx. $450)|
|More than 1500 km and within EU (I)||400€ (approx. $450)|
|3 to 4 hours||3500+ km and Flight from EU to Non-EU airport (II)||300€ (approx. $340)|
|4+ hours||3500+ km and Flight from EU to Non-EU airport (III)||600€ (approx. $680)|
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To calculate the route distance, you can use the Great Circle Mapper Tool. It is an online tool to calculate the route distance. Simply enter your departure and arrival airport and that is it.
Am I entitled to compensation for a delayed flight?
Under the EU Law (EC 261 of 2004), to be eligible for compensation;
✔ You must have arrived later than 3 hours at your final destination.
✔ Your flight must have departed from an EU airport, or landed at an EU airport with the airline headquartered in an EU country.
✔ Flight delay should not be due to extraordinary circumstances or situations beyond the control of airlines.
✔ You checked in on time (i.e., 45 minutes before departure time.)
To read details about your rights on flight delays for short haul, medium haul or long haul flights, you can visit UK’s Civil Aviation Authority Website.
Let’s use a simple example.
You travel from Los Angeles to London with British Airways or from Munich to New York with American Airlines and landed after a delay of over 4 hours. In both these cases, you have the right to ask for compensation.
What are Exceptional Circumstances? Can I claim compensation for flight delays due to extraordinary circumstances?
Under the EU Law (EC 261 of 2004), to be eligible for compensation;
✔ Natural disasters such as Earthquake, Tsunami, bad weather, lightning strikes, and volcanic eruptions
✔ Air traffic control restrictions
✔ Crew members strike
✔ Political unrest
✔ Technical issues caused due to a bird hitting the plane engine
The table given below clarifies when a passenger can or cannot demand compensation when it comes to exceptional circumstances:
|Circumstances||Extraordinary Circumstances (cannot claim compensation)||Not an Extra-Ordinary Circumstances (can claim compensation)|
|Strike||Strike is an exceptional circumstance under which you cannot claim.||If any other airline was operational during strike, then there is possibility of getting compensation for delayed flights.|
|Natural Disasters||Earthquake, Tsunami, Extreme bad weather, Volcanic eruption are natural disasters and cannot be controlled thus you cannot claim.||If there was a run before and the runway was not cleaned, then you can claim compensation for flight delays/cancellations.|
|Technical Problem||If happen on broader scale, for examples closure of Airport due to technical problem.||If it could be avoided, for example by catching birds at the runway, keeping spare parts.|
Note: Strike is only considered as extraordinary if all flights traveling the same day are canceled or delayed. However, if other flights were operational then you can ask for compensation.
My flight was delayed, What are my rights?
Case 1: Flight delayed on arrival than the scheduled arrival time
I. If the flight is delayed for more than 3 hours and the route distance is up to 1500 km, you can claim up to €250 as compensation.
Say, your American Airlines flight (AA 6276) from London (LHR) to Madrid (MAD) is delayed at Madrid Airport for more than 3 hours, you can claim up to €250.
II. If the flight is delayed for 3 hours or more and the travel distance is between 1501 km to 3500 km, you can claim up to €400.
Say, your Air France flight (AF 1890) from Paris (CDG) to Istanbul (IST) is delayed for 3+ hours, you can claim up to €400.
III. If the flight is delayed for 4 hours or more and the route distance is 3500+ km you can claim up to €600.
For example, Air China flight CA 966 from Frankfurt (FRA), Germany to Beijing, China (PEK) is delayed for 4+ hours at the Beijing Airport. The compensation amount would be €600.
The following table gives a concise picture:
|Up to 1500 km||€250|
|1500 km – 3500 km||€450|
|Over 3500 km||€600|
Case 2: Flight delayed beyond your flight scheduled departure time
Say, you travelled by air and…
I. The flight was delayed for 2+ hours and the total travel distance was 1500 km maximum, OR
II. The flight was delayed for 3+ hours and the total travel distance was 1501 km – 3500 km, OR
III. The flight was delayed for 4+ hours and total travel distance was above 3500 km
Then the airlines should offer meals and refreshments free of charge while you wait for your flight. They should also give you 2 free phone calls, emails or fax services.
IV. If the flight was delayed for more than 5 hours
Then the airlines should refund the ticket cost within the next seven days.
You can also claim refund for connecting flights and ask for a return flight to your original flight departure destination.
V. If the flight was delayed for a day and it is necessary to stay
Then the airlines should provide hotel accommodation and transport facility between airport and hotel.
Flight delayed during departure for more than 5 hours
Under EC Regulation 261/2004, if your flight delays for 5 or more hours, you can claim the refund.
Monetary compensation is not the only thing that the airline is to provide their passengers.
Following is a list of things that every airline should offer passengers in case of a delay:
1. Snacks & Beverages.
2. Facility to email and make phone calls.
3. If during the delayed hours, passengers have no other choice but to stay at a hotel, the airline should offer hotel accommodation and transport facility to it.
4. In case of missed connection, free flight or an alternate transport facility to the original destination must be offered.
For missed connections:
You can get a refund of the ticket cost for the part of the journey not covered. And ask for a return flight to your original destination.
You can also ask for compensation if you reached your final destination later than 3 hours of the scheduled arrival time.
Here’s the thing, airlines hate paying. When you claim with the airline they will come up with excuses to stall you. Chances are you will end up waiting for weeks before you hear anything from them.
If you plan to send them a legal notice, you will need to hire a lawyer. But lawyers do not entertain small value claims, which plays well for the airlines. The customer gets tired of trying and gives up the claim.
So, what to do?
How to Claim Flight Delay Compensation?
Claim Flights claiming process is very easy to use and to provide us the desired information doesn’t take more than 2 minutes of your precious time.
We have access to a lot of information about different airlines flights, thus you receive the compensation within right time.
Our compensation calculator will tell you the amount that you can claim. Other documents you may need to provide include; flight ticket, boarding pass, contact details, etc.
The process does not take more than 2 minutes. To claim on your behalf, you will need to digitally sign the claim form.
Claim Flights 3 Steps Claiming Process
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3|
|Input Claim||Let us work||Get Paid|
|Enter your flight number and date of your journey.||A claim expert will organize everything. Using our database, your case will be well researched.||Your compensation (minus our success fee) will be transferred directly to your bank account.|
|It will take less than 2 minutes to enter the details and close the process with a digital signature.||We bring your claim to fruition.||We will send you an invoice in .pdf format if requested.|
Benefits of Choosing “Claim Flights”
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✔ Our professional team is well trained and experienced in sending claim letters to the airlines, and dispute in court if necessary.
✔ Simply provide us the required information and assign us the case by digitally signing it. We will claim compensation from the airline on your behalf.
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How to know the amount that you can claim for a delayed flight?
Simply put your flight number and scheduled date in our compensation checked tool. The amount will immediately show within 2 minutes.
EU 261 Rule additionally entitles you to claim compensation for holiday packages
According to the EC Regulation (Directive 90/314/EEC) on flight compensation, the air passenger also gets protection for tour packages, vacation packages, holiday packages, and travel packages.
The rule applies only to packages that are purchased within the EU Member States. However, if the trip is scheduled for a destination outside the EU, even then you get this protection.
Your schedule should have flight route, destination, as well as the transport facility, mentioned clearly on it. It is extremely important to have this data.
The trip organizer needs to mention the time and location of the flights’ connections and stopovers in written form.
If there is anything missing from the above-mentioned data then it is solely the responsibility of the tour organizer.
If the terms and conditions are not met properly, the airlines can revise the price of the compensation.
Now you know how the EU protects air passengers. But what about the United States? Even though the EU Laws provide better care, the U.S. gives other benefits.
Tarmac Delay Rule / Rule 240
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has set certain rules like Tarmac Delay Rule or Rule 240 for airline passengers to claim compensation. If they had any inconvenience at the airport due to flight delays, flight cancellations and denied boarding.
US Tarmac Delay Rule is the US air passenger rights rule which addresses the problem of passengers being stranded on the ground aboard aircraft, denied boarding and flight delays.
It states, among other regulations, that airlines are not allowed to wait for more than four hours on international flights or over three hours on domestic flights and also protects air travelers against involuntarily denied boarding.
Any flight departed from or arrived at US airport if delays or was canceled, entitles the passengers to ask for compensation in accordance with Tarmac Delay Rule.
You might be entitled to claim up to 400% of your one-way fare back. In accordance with the Tarmac Delay Rule, airlines are obliged to report each and every case (14 CFR Part 244) and offer unsolicited compensation. Furthermore, the airline is obliged to offer each passenger who was denied to board with a check or cash on the same day it occurs.
Rule 240 is introduced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to claim compensation if air passengers have inconvenience at the airport due to flight delays, cancellations or denied boarding problems. FAA’s Rule 240 was obsolete after the deregulation in 1978. But still, some US airlines like United Airlines are following this rule.