How to get compensation when you are delayed or bumped from a flight
Make sure you get the compensation you are due from airlines
It would appear that many airlines like to make it difficult for passengers to claim for compensation and redress for delayed or cancelled flights. Then there are the companies which say they can do the work for you but take a hefty commission.
Well, here’s something from me, for free, which should help to get you your due compensation (See the rest of the post for details of what you need to fill in and other related information). 🙂
Template letter for claiming compensation from an airline
(If flight was cancelled replace the “delay” details with cancellation details below).
Re : Compensation claim for delayed flight booking reference number
I am writing regarding flight flight number on date from departure airport to arrival airport. The scheduled departure time was departure time. However, the flight arrived number hours late at arrival airport.
Under EC Regulation 261/2004 I am claiming compensation for this delayed flight. The passengers in the party were:
full names of everyone on your booking.
My scheduled flight length was number of kilometres, therefore I am seeking (select from €250 / €300 / €400 / €600) per delayed passenger in my party. The total is total compensation sum for all passengers for all passengers.
(If appropriate include the following text) During the delay the passengers in my party were not provided with any refreshments and/or hotel accommodation. Please find attached copies of receipts for the cost of purchasing our own. Please refund in full: bullet point everything you paid for and the costs.
If claiming for both delay and other then add the following:
Please provide me with the total compensation of:
£xxx for EU flight delay (based exchange rate £1.00 = €1.13 on 12 June 2017) and £xxx for out-of-pocket expenses incurred.
I look forward to a full response to this letter within seven days. If I do not receive a satisfactory response I will not hesitate in taking the matter further which will include, but not be limited to, informing the regulator and if necessary starting proceedings through the Small Claims Court.
(“Sincerely when you know the person’s name and “faithfully” when using Sir or Madam)
EU Compensation rights rates for delayed flights
Compensation for delays is only due on flights in the EU or when using an EU airline arriving two hours or more late. How much you are entitled to depends on how long the delay and how long the flight. It changes again if the flight is cancelled before/after seven days before you are due to depart. It does not reflect the price of the flight and is straight out compensation.
The tables for amounts to which you would be entitled per flight are below:
Denied boarding or “bumped” from a flight compensation rates of payout
Airlines will often ask for “volunteers” to not take the flight in return for compensation and this amount would be agreed with the airline at the time. If you are forced off due to overbooking it is the same compensation as if the flight were cancelled.
Flight cancelled 7-14 days before departure compensation rates
Rates are different for notice given and for when you arrive (even if the flight to which you have been changed is longer but gets you there earlier).
Exchange rates correct at July 2017.
Rescheduled flights and your rights
Passengers given less than 14 days’ notice of a replacement flight may be due compensation depending on the timings of the new flight.
Other redress for flight delays and cancellations
Flight cancelled or delayed for several hours – the airline must look after passengers. It must provide food, drinks, and some communications. If passengers are delayed overnight, this also means providing them with a hotel and travel to and from it. (All these must still be provided even if the delay was out of the airline’s control). Keep claims reasonable.
And make sure you avoid calling any 084, 087 or 09 numbers. These are banned for customer services such as this.
Affected by BA debacle May Bank Holiday?
See BA powercut debacle: Airline keeps passengers in the dark about their rights for more information and details of other things that you may be able to claim for such as phoning their helplines!
Holidays and flights your rights
For more templates, advice, information on holidays and most other sectors Get the Book! How To Complain: The ESSENTIAL Consumer Guide to Getting REFUNDS, Redress and RESULTS!
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