Revealed: 5 Essential Facts You Need to Know About Flight Delay Compensation

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REVEALED: 5 Essential Facts You Need to Know About Flight Delay Compensation

Discover The Sneaky Tactics The Airlines Use That Could Delay Your Compensation Claim

5 facts you need to know about flight delay compensation

Air travel can be thrilling, convenient, and at times, utterly frustrating, especially when you encounter flight delays. While airlines do their best to maintain schedules, delays are often inevitable. However, did you know you could be entitled to compensation for these inconvenient disruptions? 

If you’ve ever found yourself in this frustrating situation, it’s time to arm yourself with knowledge about flight delay compensations.

In this article, we’ll shed light on five crucial facts you should be aware of, including the maximum compensation amount, how some airlines try to dodge payment, and steps you can take to increase your odds of getting the compensation you deserve.

Ready? Let’s take off into the less-chartered territories of flight delay compensation policies.

1. Check-In to Check-Out: Your Simplified Boarding Pass to Understanding Flight Delay Compensation

Airlines operating within the EU are governed by the EU Regulation 261/2004. However, it’s important to know that these rules still remain, despite the UK leaving the EU. This law mandates airlines to compensate passengers for flight delays and cancellations (for flight cancellations there’s a slightly different route to go down to receive compensation) given that these issues were within their control. This regulation applies to all flights departing from an EU airport or arriving in an EU airport on an EU airline, irrespective of the passengers’ nationality.

The compensation amount hinges on the length of the flight and the duration of the delay. For instance, a delay of more than three hours may entitle you to up to £500 in compensation. However, there are some essential facts you need to consider before claiming your compensation.

the hidden time trap in claiming your delay compensation

2. Racing Against the Clock: The Hidden Time Trap in Claiming Your Delay Compensation

Many airlines have strict time limits for filing a compensation claim. Typically, you’re given a six-year window post your flight delay to claim compensation. Interestingly, some airlines impose an even shorter claim period, requiring passengers to submit their claims within 28 days of the flight delay. Missing this deadline could mean your claim might not be considered, making it crucial to understand your rights and the claim process as soon as possible

3. Does A Long Delay Could Mean a Bigger Payday?
Discover How Much You Could Be Eligible For.

There’s a misconception surrounding how much compensation you could claim for. Most people are led to believe that the amount of compensation you can claim for depends on how long your flight was delayed. But in actual fact. It’s based on two key factors. 

  • The arrival delay 
  • The length of the flight 

As you can imagine that short haul flights will pay out lower amounts compared to a long haul flight. 

So to help you out, we’ve provided a table with some tariffs based on industry standard compensation payouts.

Armed with this information you’ll be able to better understand your rights and the compensation amount you’re entitled to, especially as some airlines may attempt to offer a lesser amount or deny your claim altogether.


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4. The Sneaky Tactics Used By Airlines: Will They Cough Up or Cop Out?

Airlines might attempt to cut down the compensation amount by claiming that the delay was due to ‘extraordinary circumstances.’ These include events beyond the airline’s control, such as adverse weather, air traffic control strikes, or political instability. Yet, some airlines may try to use this defence even when the delay was within their control. Understanding your rights and the circumstances under which you’re entitled to compensation is crucial.

5. Navigating the Security Checkpoints: Your Key to Breezing Through the Daunting Claim Process for Flight Delays

The claim process can be challenging, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the process or dealing with a particularly uncooperative airline representative. Airlines typically require passengers to submit their claim through their website or by mail, along with supporting documents. They might also attempt to delay or deny your claim by requesting more information or citing ‘extraordinary circumstances.’ Persistence and knowledge about passenger rights are key here.

AIRLINE INSIDER INFORMATION: Why So Many Passengers Leave Their Money on the Runway and How to Claim What's Yours

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Surprisingly, a significant number of passengers don’t claim their due compensation. Recent studies suggest that up to 80% of passengers eligible for compensation don’t claim it. The reason could be a lack of awareness of their rights or a belief that the claim process is

So if you’ve ever been left stranded at the airport due to a delayed or cancelled flight? Despite EU laws stipulating compensation for such inconveniences, most passengers remain oblivious of their rights or find the claim process daunting.

This lack of knowledge or perceived complexity of the process can cost you up to £600, an alarming fact that leaves a bitter aftertaste to any travel disruptions. Let’s not forget the added stress that the airlines have with the strict deadlines, varying compensation amounts, and difficult claim process can cause, leaving you frustrated and out of pocket.


What To Do Next

Look, while this information seems pretty straight forward it’s not always that easy to implement, so we’ve decided to give you a helping hand so you can do this yourself. 

We’ve created a FREE email template designed to streamline your claim process. Simply fill in your details, and you’re ready to claim what’s rightfully yours.

But, wait… We appreciate that time is something we’re conscious of and these processes aren’t always straight forward… 

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Our dedicated team of flight delay compensation specialists have an unrivalled success rate in winning cases like yours.

Let us shoulder the stress so you can focus on what truly matters – planning your next hassle-free journey and with the compensation you’ll receive it can go towards your next trip… 

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It’s time you turn your travel frowns into smiles with Edward & Amaury Solicitors – your trusted allies in flight delay compensation.”


This article is intended to provide general information and guidance on the topic of flight delay compensation. It does not constitute legal advice, and should not be treated as such. While we strive to provide accurate information, the specifics of your situation can greatly impact your eligibility for compensation and the processes involved. Therefore, you should always seek advice from a qualified legal professional or contact the relevant authorities for more detailed, tailored advice before pursuing a compensation claim for a delayed or cancelled flight. Any reliance on the information provided in this article is solely at your own risk. We disclaim any liability for actions taken or not taken based on this content.