Legal basis for claiming denied boarding compensation.
Passengers are protected by the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004, which established common rules for compensation and assistance in the event of long delay of flights. Compensation up to €600 may be due depending on flight route distance.
How much flight compensation can you get for denied boarding?The denied boarding must be the fault of the airline i.e. overbooking and must be involuntary i.e. seat not given up in lieu of vouchers or other types of payment. Read more about compensation amounts:
What should you do if you are denied boarding?
Keep all your travel documents
- Flight documents: boarding pass, booking confirmation, electronic ticket (e-ticket), delay notification, etc.
- Expenses: taxi, hotel, meals, drinks, etc.
Keep your flight information
- Flight number
- Flight schedule (scheduled time of departure and arrival)
- Amount of delay (actual time of departure and arrival)
Try to ascertain the reason for the delay
- Ask the cabin crew for written confirmation
- Check weather conditions
- Check if other flights are delayed or cancelled
Check how much compensation is due with our online compensation calculator
- Enter your flight details to check how much compensation is due
How do I file a compensation claim for denied boarding?
There are two options, the first is to take personal action and file a complaint directly with the airline. The second is to ask GIVT to look after your claim. In both cases it may take a long time for the airline to pay any compensation. If you opt to pursue a complaint with the carrier independently, you should read and understand the pertinent regulation, applicable provisions and judgments, prepare relevant documents, and be prepared to assert legal rights.
Do airlines have to compensate for overbooking?
Airlines may offer their own rewards or compensation for voluntary bumping. Only in the case of involuntary bumping are they liable for compensation payment.
Can I get compensation for a 2 hour flight delay on an alternate flight?
If the airline offered you an alternate flight and you arrived at the final destination with a delay of 2, 3 or 4 hours, compensation may be reduced by 50%.
What happens if you are bumped from a flight?
If you voluntarily agree to be bumped then you forego any other compensation claims. If you are bumped involuntarily then you are entitled to assistance, re-routing, and compensation dependant on any subsequent delays.
When are you not entitled to compensation for denied boarding?
Unruly or inebriated passengers who may pose a security risk or passengers without correct boarding documents may be denied boarding.
Claiming is easy! See how…
Claiming is easy! See how…
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In a couple of minutes we will tell you how much compensation you are entitled to.
We will enforce your rights
Our experts will contact your airline, and take all the legal steps necessary to get your flight compensation.
You could get as much as €600
We will keep you updated on your claim progress, right to the end.
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