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Flight Compensation Amount: How Much Can I Get for My Cancelled Flight?

According to the EU Regulation 261/2004 (EC 261), passengers can claim up to 600€ per person in compensation for their cancelled flight.

The EU law is the reference when it comes to determining how much you're entitled to for the cancellation of your flight.

While flight cancellation rules are simple in theory, it's actually not that easy to know how much you can claim without a flight compensation calculator. Especially if you fall into one of the specific cases.

Here's what we'll cover in this post:


You can already check how much the airline owes you for the cancellation of your flight by filling in your flight details in our Compensation Calculator. In less than 3 minutes, you'll know the amount you can claim.



How Much Can I Claim in Compensation for a Cancelled Flight?

Your EU flight cancellation rights state that you can claim between 125€ and 600€.

Before trying to calculate the compensation amount, you need to make sure your entitled to a compensation.

You can check in more details everything you need to know in our complete guide on cancelled flight compensation, including the essentials to determine if you're eligible, but here's a summary of the situations in which you should get compensated:

  • If you were notified about the cancellation 7 to 14 days prior to departure, and your rerouting flight departed 2 hours earlier or more and arrived 4 hours later or more compared to the original flight, you're entitled to compensation.
  • If you were notified about the cancellation less than 7 days prior to departure or not at all, and your rerouting flight departed 1 hours earlier or more and arrived 2 hours later or more compared to the original flight, you're entitled to compensation.
  • If you were notified about the cancellation within 14 days before departure and were not provided an alternate flight, you're entitled to compensation.

Now, assuming that you are indeed eligible, you need to determine exactly how much the airline owes you. The EU law uses several criterias for that.

Criterias to calculate the amount of the compensation for flight cancellation

To determine your compensation amount, you first need to check when you were notified about the cancellation. It will vary depending on whether the airline notified you:

  • More than 14 days in advance (in this case, no compensation is due)
  • Between 7 and 14 days prior to the flight
  • Less than 7 days or not at all (you discovered that your flight was cancelled at the airport)

Then, we need to know whether you were offered a rerouting or not and the specifics of this rerouting flight compared to the original one. That's the second criteria. It doesn't change the amount, but it will influence both your eligibility and the compensation amount.

The distance of the flight from your point of departure to your final destination is the third factor required to calculate the compensation amount. As a general rule, you can get:

  • 250€ for flights shorter than 1,500km
  • 400€ for flights between 1,500 and 3,500km
  • 600€ for flights longer than 3,500km

However, these amounts can be reduced by 50% depending on the length of the delay: that's the fourth and final criteria. Your flight needs to be delayed by at least 3 hours for you to be eligible.

For example, if your flight from London to New York (more than 3,500km) is delayed by more than 3 hours but less than 4 hours, then you're entitled to 300€ instead of 600€.

Cancelled flight compensation amounts

If you were notified about the cancellation between 7 and 14 days prior to departure and offered a rerouting, the compensation amounts are as follow:

Flight distance Departure and arrival (rerouting) Compensation amount
Less than 1,500km Departure 2h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 2 hours or less later than original flight 125€
Departure 2h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 2 hours or more later than original flight 250€
Arrival at least 4 hours later than original flight 250€
1,500-3,500km Departure 2h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 3 hours or less later than original flight 200€
Departure 2h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 3-4 hours later than original flight 400€
Arrival at least 4 hours later than original flight 400€
More than 3,500km Departure 2h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 4 hours or less later than original flight 300€
Arrival at least 4 hours later than original flight 600€

Here it is as a picture:

Were you in this situation? Check your flight now!


If you were notified about the cancellation less than 7 days prior to departure (or at the airport, meaning that you were not notified) and offered a rerouting, the compensation amounts are as follow:

Flight distance Departure and arrival (rerouting) Compensation amount
Less than 1,500km Departure 1h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 2 hours or less later than original flight 125€
Arrival at least 2 hours later than original flight 250€
1,500-3,500km Departure 1h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 3 hours or less later than original flight 200€
Arrival at least 3 hours later than original flight 400€
More than 3,500km Departure 1h or more earlier than original flight AND arrival 4 hours or less later than original flight 300€
Arrival at least 3 hours later than original flight 600€

And as a picture again:

Was you flight cancelled? Check if you can get compensated by the airline.


Specific cases of flight cancellations: what is the compensation amount?

Extraordinary circumstances

Keep in mind that should your flight be cancelled by extraordinary circumstances, you are not entitled to compensation.

As per EC261, airlines are only liable to compensate their passengers if they were indeed responsible for the disruption.

This means that no compensation is due, for instance, if the flight was cancelled due to air traffic control restrictions (ATC), adverse weather conditions, airport strikes, security measures at the airport, etc.

Intra-community flights longer than 3,500km

An intra-community flight is a flight between two members of the EU. Those more than 3,500km are an exception because they are treated as though they were between 1,500 and 3,500km when it comes to determining your compensation amount.

(Note that this rule is valid to calculate the compensation amount for your delayed flight too.)

This applies mostly to flights between "continental EU" and an overseas territory such as La Reunion, Martinique, etc.

How to know the amount of your compensation for an intra-community flight longer than 3,500km?

In the table above, look at the row "1,500-3,500km" instead or "More than 3,500km".

Business trips

If your flight was cancelled during a business trip, you might be wondering who should get the compensation? The person who travelled, or the company (which paid for the ticket)?

The compensation goes to the passenger. And the amount is calculated as for a non-business trip. Take a look at the tables above to know how much you can claim and read our post on business trips to know more on the topic.

Flying with a baby

If you were travelling with a baby when your flight was cancelled, know that even if your baby is entitled to compensation, your baby may not be.

For starters, babies under the age of 2 are not entitled to compensation. To be eligible, the following conditions must be met:

  • your baby had a seat of their own (they were not travelling on your lap), AND
  • you paid a fee for the ticket of your baby (it was not free)

Learn more about flight compensation rights for babies.

Conclusion

Knowing how much the airline owes you is critical to make sure that your passenger rights are respected.

Airlines sometimes lie to their passengers, but if you know your rights, you're sure to get what you deserve, no less!

Keep in mind mind that a compensation is not a refund and sometimes, you can get both from the airline. Make sure to know when you're eligible to a flight cancellation refund too.

If your flight was disrupted, learn more about your passenger rights for flight cancellations and check if you're entitled to compensation. It takes less than 3 minutes and you could get up to 600€!


Thomas Busson

Thomas Busson

Thomas is the SEO and Content Strategist at ClaimCompass. Frequent traveller, he loves sharing tips and news about the industry in a simple way.

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