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You’ve packed your bags, arranged your transport and left early to get to the airport in plenty of time for your flight only to discover when you get there that the flight has been delayed. Annoying right? Did you know that you can claim compensation for that?
Get Compensation for Delayed Flights
According to Delayed Again (a UK based service that helps passengers claim compensation on their delayed flights) you can ‘claim up to £540* in flight delay compensation if you have been delayed for 3 hours or more in the last 6 years on an EU flight’**.
No Win, No Fee
You can use a no win, no fee guaranteed service to make a claim that way you don’t have to pay a penny if for whatever reason you don’t get the compensation you wanted. As well as flight delay compensation there are also circumstances where you can also claim for flight cancellation, denied boarding and re-routed flights.
Know Your Legal Rights
According to the Citizens Advice if you flight has been delayed for 2 or more hours you also have a legal right to food, access to phone calls & emails and accommodation if you are delayed overnight. The airline should give you vouchers to get these things at the airport.
If no one helps you at the airport make sure to keep all of your receipts and you can try to claim from the airport at a later date. Please note though the airports will only pay for what they deem to be ‘reasonable’ expenses. They will not pay for all your duty free for your next party!
To find out more about your legal rights when travelling by airplane visit the Citizens Advice website.
How to Claim
If you think you may be entitled to compensation for a delayed flight check out companies such as Delayed Again for more information on how to start a claim.
*€600 is the max compensation available per passenger, at time of publication this converted to £540 but could slightly differ depending on current exchange rates
**An EU flight is where the flight departed from an EU airport, regardless of the airline OR where an EU airline landed at an EU airport