Flight cancellations do happen. And one day it may happen to you as well. Sometimes they happen because of technical problems, other times natural disasters may be the reason why not just one but a whole lot of flights are cancelled in a particular region. What’s important, though, is that whenever that happens and it’s the airline’s fault, you may be entitled to flight cancellation compensation of up to €600 per passenger.
Here is all you need to know about flight cancellation compensation.
First things first. In most situations everyone should be able to get some sort of compensation when his or her flight gets cancelled because of the airline’s fault.
Here we are going to talk about EU flight cancellation compensation. This compensation you can get even when the airline has already given you a full refund for your cancelled flight or you’ve been taken to your destination. Because you can both - a flight or refund and compensation.
The rules are as following.
If you are notified of the cancellation between 7 - 14 days before the scheduled time of de-parture:
If you are notified of the cancellation less than 7 days before the scheduled time of departure:
It does include only situations when flight cancellation is the airline’s fault. Situations such as natural disasters, airport staff strikes and everything else that is outside of the airline’s control are called “extraordinary circumstances” and are exempt from compensation.
Maybe your flight got cancelled at the very last minute or you were informed about the cancellation a week in advance. In both situations you may be entitled to compensation.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible for compensation or not, fill in our claim form, upload your boarding pass or ticket, and we'll take it from there.
Don’t worry, if we find out that you aren’t eligible for compensation, it will cost you nothing.
If you want to learn more about flight cancellation compensation (and not only), you can read EU flight compensation regulation 261/2004 (EC 261). But be prepared that it’s gonna be a long read. And not an easy one.
* In this case Europe means all EU Member States, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, Mayotte, Saint Martin (French Antilles), the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.
But how much can I claim?
The exact amount of flight compensation varies and is based on the distance of your flight.
However, it’s not affected by the price of the flight or airline you are flying with. Yes, you can, for example, get a €250 compensation even if your flight cost only €25. And your Ryanair flight cancellation compensation is going to be the same as your friend’s BA flight cancellation compensation.
That’s assuming that you both flew about the same distance, your flights got cancelled for the same or similar reasons that are within the airline’s control and you weren’t notified about the flight cancellation at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date of departure. All thanks to Europe's Flight Compensation Regulation 261/2004 (EC 261).
So how much exactly is your claim worth?
Mostly the answer will be one of these: €250, €400 or €600.
Here is how you can calculate it.
When your destination is within the European Union:
When your destination is outside the European Union:
Exception. When the distance of your flight is 3500 kilometres or more and you reach your destination with a delay between 3 - 4 hours, you are entitled to compensation of €300. That’s in case you agree to alternative flight offered by the airline.
One of the options is to contact the airline directly.
In a perfect world you would send an email or two to your airline and receive compensation soon afterwards. Unfourtunately mostly it's way more difficult. Because airlines don’t want to pay. They most probably will offer you compensation in the form of vouchers or discount codes. And you also never know how long is it going to take.
Another option - to seek legal representation.
To put it simply, ask someone more experienced (e.g. Refundor) to claim flight compensation on your behalf.
Sounds difficult and expensive? It isn't.
When working with us, here is all you will have to do:
And that’s it. We’ll take it from there.
Later when we are done we’ll ask you to provide your bank account details, so we can send you your funds by bank transfer.
As easy as that.
Because it makes things just so much easier.
Here is how:
Let’s work together! Click here, enter all the information asked, all of what you can find on your boarding pass and flight ticket. And we’ll get the ball rolling. When we finish the job, you’ll just have to tell us your bank account details and we’ll make the money transfer. Deal?
It may take a while, in some cases even 2-3 months.
But you can rest assured, because we do finish every case we start, and whenever there will be any news regarding your claim we will let you know.
Why does it take so long? A short answer would be - because no one has told airlines how quickly they should respond to such a claim. So, yes, it may take a while. Depending on what time of year it is, which airline you're claiming compensation from and, of course, the number of other people doing the same at the same time.
Speaking of the factors we can control, to achieve the best and fastest results at Refundor we use computer system that allows us to automate one big part of the process. Meaning that your claim can be sent to the airline much faster than if the whole process would be done by a human.
We pursue your compensation for a €25 + 25% fee.
No hidden administration fees or tax expenses. No upfront fees.
For example, if we will win a 400 EUR compensation for you, we will transfer you 275 EUR and keep 125 EUR for our services.
At the same time it will cost you nothing, if we're unable to collect your compensation for some reason. No win, no fees. Sounds fair?
It’s a possibility.
As already mentioned, it will cost you nothing. No matter the reason.
There is no one answer to the question how far back can you claim for flight cancellations. It varies from country to country.
Mostly it’s at least 2-3 years.
Unfortunately, but flight cancellations happen more or less every day.
So even if you don’t fly that often it’s still likely that sooner or later you are going to experience it yourself. What happens if flight is cancelled? And what should you do next?
Follow these steps.
What else you should know:
How to get a free meal and drink? What about free hotel if it’s going to be an overnight delay? Wait for the announcement from your airline or head over to their information booth at the airport and they will help you. They should help you.
Read more: What to do if your flight is cancelled?
Submit your claim for flight cancellation compensation now.
Have you ever had your flight delayed? Click here to learn more about flight delays & what are your rights in this case.
In short - often you can get both a new flight (if necessary), which can be another flight operated by your airline or you may be offered to fly with another airline at no extra cost to you, and you can also claim for compensation. If in the end you reach your final destination 3 or more hours later than initially planned.
Has something like this happened to you recently or during the last 3 years?
Submit your claim for airline compensation now.