In 2014 I decided to take a #TurkishAir flight to get to #Greece (it was the only flight available for me on that date), I have been a fan of a lot of airlines outside the US. The roominess, the service, the quality of food - I was in total awe.
And then another interesting fact came up about the EU flight industry. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE CONSUMER PROTECTION. Who isn’t for consumer protection? European airlines tend to have more straightforward and generous consumer protections than U.S. carriers NO MATTER WHERE THEY FLY in the world.
So if your flight was delayed and you arrived at your end destination with a delay of three hours or more, then, according to EU Regulation 261/2004, you may be entitled to a flight delay refund. Last week, E.U. officials ruled that travelers, including U.S. fliers, are entitled to up to $700 in compensation if a connecting flight on the same reservation is delayed—even if that flight is on another airline outside the E.U. The catch is you can get payment if you're on a European Airline, you might have to fight for it through small claims court if it's an American airline.
EU Claim writes this:
To be entitled to compensation, your delayed flight must meet the following flight delay rules: -Flight departed from an EU country.
-Or the flight departed from outside the EU to a country within the EU with a European airline
-And the flight arrived at the end destination with a delay of three hours or more.
Flight delays due to extraordinary circumstances There are situations when affected passengers are not entitled to compensation for delayed flights. This is the case when the airline is not responsible for the flight delays due to extraordinary circumstances. Examples of these include bad weather conditions, air traffic control strikes and acts of terrorism.
Example: You leave London Heathrow with a flight delay of 3 hours and 15 minutes. You arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol with a flight delay of 2 hours and 45 minutes. During the flight, the airline managed to make up some of the lost time. Therefore, as the arrival delay is less than three hours, you are not entitled to flight delay compensation according to Regulation 261/2004.
How much compensation are you entitled to for a delayed flight? When your delayed flight falls under Regulation 261/2004, the amount of compensation is based on the distance of your flight.
Flight destinations within the EU €250 (£229*) compensation for a delayed flight up to1,500 km (e.g. Guernsey to London)€400 (£366*) compensation for a delayed flight exceeding 1,500 km (e.g. London to Ibiza)
Flight destinations outside the EU €250 (£229*) compensation for a delayed flight up to1,500 km (e.g. London to Zurich)€400 (£366*) compensation for a delayed flight between 1,500 km and 3,500 km (e.g. London to Istanbul)
€600 (£550*) compensation for a delayed flight exceeding 3,500 km (e.g. London to New York)
When the distance of your flight is 3500 km or more and you arrive with a delay between three or four hours, you are entitled to 50% of the compensation amount. (*Compensation calculated August '19 rate of £1: €1,09 and rounded to the nearest £1.)
Claim your delayed flight compensation at https://www.euclaim.co.uk/flight-delay-compensation
They offer free advice on whether you are entitled to compensation for a delayed flight.
Flight delays with a right to compensation Every day they analyse around 13 million flight, news and weather reports. Based on this information, they compile a current list of delayed flights with the problems they had. Was your flight delayed? Then check the list to see if your flight is on it.
Your rights regarding a flight delay Was your flight delayed two hours or more? This means that the airline was obliged to provide you with food, drink and, if necessary, hotel accommodation.