For those who fly often, delays, cancellations, missed connections, and lost baggage tend to become just another part of the journey. However, you may be entitled to more than you realize when your flight doesn't go as planned. According to AirHelp, around eight million people globally are eligible for compensation from airlines, but less than 2% actually understand what they're entitled to (which could be as much as $700).
By using a simple tool on AirHelp's website or app, you can enter information about your flight, including any problem that occurred, to find out exactly how much money you might be entitled to. According to the site's calculations, if your flight was delayed, canceled, or overbooked within the last three years, you could be eligible for as much as $700 in compensation. Just be sure to hold on to your boarding pass and any other documentation you may need to negotiate with an airline after a travel complication.
While AirHelp can do the heavy lifting for you, it's still important to understand your rights. For example, in the U.S., passengers are only protected in the event that they're denied boarding, while a European Union law protects passengers on flights to or from Europe against delays and cancellations.
Additionally, you won't be protected against some circumstances that are out of an airline's control, like a storm or medical emergency. However, a delay exceeding three hours caused by technical difficulties is still fair game, and if no reasonable alternatives are offered to you after a flight is canceled, you can also seek compensation.
Head to AirHelp to learn more about what compensation you may be entitled to after a rough travel experience.