How to Claim Flight Compensation for European Flights?

How to Claim Flight Compensation for European Flights?


There is nothing more distressing than having your flight delayed, cancelled or overbooked on a long-awaited vacation or a short leisure holiday. It gets even more disheartening when you have connecting flights in another country.

In Europe, when you are flying through so many different airlines in different countries, this can prove exasperating. Gratefully, there are laws to protect you, to unleash your pain, and help you get through it.

Besides, there are laws that provides monetary compensation. The rate of EU flight compensation is much higher than that of the U.S. As a matter of fact, every year in Europe, the amount of €8 billion are kept aside for the such claims. You just need to know how you can do it.

How does it work?

If you are flying within the EU or any EU airline to or from Europe, then you are covered under the EU 261/2004 law.

You will also be covered on non-EU airlines flying from Europe to the US, but not the other way.

For instance, if you are flying through an American aircraft from New York, you are covered under the EU law. On the other hand, if you are flying through an American or other non-EU aircraft from USA to Europe, you will not be covered under the same law.

Note: The law also covers the carriers arriving from Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland, even though the countries are not the members of European Union.

Flight Cancellation, Delay and Overbooking

If your flight is delayed for more than 3 hours, you are entitled to get compensation up to €600.

As an air passenger, it is also essential to know that the monetary compensation for flight cancellation, delay, and denied boarding are based on the distance of your flight as mentioned in the above table.


If it gets delayed for more than 5 hours, you are eligible to ask for refund, but make sure once you accept refund, the airline will not provide you any onward travel assistance. Airlines must also provide you with refreshments, if the flight is delayed overnight, you will get the hotel accommodations.

If your flight gets cancelled, you are entitled to get up to €600 as compensation. Lastly, if you have been denied to board the flight, you can either ask for alternative arrangements or a good amount of compensation.

Note: If you have been offered an alternative flight with the similar schedule, your compensation may get reduced by 50 percent.

It’s all about Winning!

Although you are protected under the laws, but still it is also a smart game where winning is all that matters.

Now you know the basic criteria that EU follows to decide the eligibility for flight compensation, otherwise it is difficult for a common person to understand and the airlines do not make it easy for you to get the compensation.

Here comes the essential part. Filing a flight claim can be difficult because it is not easy to discover your eligibility slot and communicating to the airlines’ representatives easily. The easiest the better. Right?

So, for that, you can claim through refundme.in. We can quickly define your eligibility for compensation, and file claim with the authorities on your behalf. All you need to do is to share your flight details with us, we will take care of everything else.

Note: We follow “No Win-No Fee” policy, where no fee will be charged if you don’t receive any compensation. So, no risk is involved.

No Compensation Policy

Yes, it is a thing. If your flight is delayed or cancelled because of the “extraordinary circumstances”, you will not get compensation, which includes weather conditions, air-traffic or any political imbalance.

You will not get any compensation if:

  • You have been informed about the cancellation two weeks prior to the scheduled flight

  • You have been offered an alternative flight for the same route scheduled similar to your original flight

Compensation for Baggage Delay/Loss/Damage

If your baggage is lost, delayed or damaged, you are eligible to get compensation up to €1220 by the airline.

If your baggage is damaged, you need to file a claim within 7 seven days, while for delayed baggage, you need to file claim within 21 days.

If you are carrying any expensive or fragile item in your luggage, you need to make a special mention to the airline in advance or during the check-in. It is also suggested to take private travel insurance on your belongings as per the EU recommendations.

Get your Flight Compensation Now!

Now, you have gathered all the relevant information that you need to file a claim for flight compensation. The provided information only covers European law and it may vary from country to country. So, it is advised to go through the Air Passenger Rights according to the region before you raise your claim.

To conclude, if you ever encounter any flight cancellation, delay, denied boarding or baggage issues, you can immediately raise your claim ticket through refundme.in and get the compensation that you owe.

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