Have you been caught up in a lengthy flight delay? Check below for free to see if you’re entitled to compensation.

Flight delays happen, 2017 was probably my worst year of flight delays. But the great thing about being delayed here in the European Union is that airlines must pay you a certain amount of compensation for delays. I’ve received these payments three times in the last few years; many airlines will ignore your emails and hope that you forget about the claim.

This is where companies like AirHelp come in to do the hard work for you; they will chase the airline and ensure that if you have a claim, it will be paid.


The EU law concerning air passenger rights is called the Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004.

If you depart on a flight from the EU (on any airline!) or a flight into the EU operated by an EU airline, you could have a claim if you have had a flight delay in the last three years.

Check right here if you are entitled to compensation.


Compensation of up to €600 (on flights up to three years ago) can be claimed depending on the flight distance; this covers delays, cancellations, or being denied boarding from overbooking.

If you are delayed at your final destination by three hours up to 1500km or less the compensation is €250.

If you are delayed at your final destination by more than three hours on flights within the EU up to 1500km to 3500km the compensation is €400.

For all other flights over 3500km where the delays are more than three hours, the compensation is €600.


1- Submit your details on the AirHelp website to check to see if the airline owes you money.

2- If you have a claim AirHelp will manage it all for you.

3- Once paid out they will send you the money as quickly as possible.

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Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.