Well, it’s been a really long while since I posted. I guess a lot of that has to do with travel. I don’t know what it’s like for others, but doing the whole travel thing throws my rhythm totally off. This is both a blessing, especially when it comes to cranking out the theories, and a curse, as in the case of regular blogage goodness.
Anyway, seeing as travel is on my mind but mostly because it’s 5:30 AM and my girlfriend is stuck at the airport due to a canceled flight I thought I’d point people to a VERY USEFUL little EU regulation, EC 261/2004 (wiki version). Basically, EC 261/2004 is a kick-ass little regulation that was designed to discourage airlines from screwing over passengers. Some of the handy things in this regulation include:
- If your flight is cancelled for a reason that has been caused by the airline then they owe you a flight.
- On top of that, if they haven’t given you enough notice (14 days) or your travel plans get screwed about they owe you €. What’s more the amount they must pay you, in some circumstances, be much more than the cost of the ticket.
- This holds for all carriers operating in the EU. That is, even if the airline is some bodgy budget thing they still have to abide by the regulation.
- The airline is supposed to offer the compensation to you and make you aware of your rights.
- They can’t opt out by offering you flight vouchers etc. If they owe you, they owe you money in € as this is compensation and it is not a gift from the airline (as some airlines will try to tell you).
- Oh, and if you are delayed by more than a few hours they owe you food and accommodation on top of the € and the flight that you’ve already paid for.
Essentially, if you are traveling in an EU country and your flight is unexpectedly delayed (by more than a couple of hours), cancelled, or overbooked because of something within the airline’s control then you should always enquire about compensation under EC 261/2004!