Money for being bumped off flight or for flight delays

Under European legislation, you can claim up to $800 if your flight is delayed for more than three hours.

26 million passengers are eligible for this type of compensation each year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation passed legislation in 2011 that you can claim up to $1,300 if you’re involuntarily bumped from a flight that’s oversold. You can submit claims that are up to three years old.

AirHelp’s website helps you determine if you’re eligible for compensation by asking a few basic details about your flight: the date, destination, ticket number, and circumstances. Pass all the preliminary requirements, and it’ll take care of the grunt work for you. If you end up being awarded some money, it’ll collect one-fourth of that sum as payment. If your claim is rejected, there’s no charge.

Since it launched in May 2013, AirHelp has helped about 15,000 passengers get their money back. So maybe you should visit its website next time you’re waiting around in an airport. Or do it now. You could be missing out on a large chunk of cash.

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