Level flight delayed or cancelled? Here's how to claim compensation!
When flying in, to and from Europe there is a body of legislation that protects your passenger rights and gives you the liberty to claim compensation if your flight has been delayed, cancelled or overbooked. On this page, you can find out all about your passenger rights, the exceptions and, most importantly, how to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to as a passenger.
Your passenger rights are protected if you have booked flights with Level
Most passengers are unaware of the fact that if your Level flight has been delayed, cancelled or overbooked, you may very well be entitled to compensation. Although different criteria apply for flight delays and cancellations, your passenger rights are protected by Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. In most cases, you’ll be able to claim if you’ve arrived at your final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours (2 for cancellations). And, as established by the previously mentioned regulation, you can claim your compensation, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, up to 6 years after the date of the flight.
Your Level flight is eligible for compensation depending on these conditions:
- The flight route: The European regulation states that you can claim compensation when a flight is operated by a European airline (like Level) and it takes off from and/or arrives at an airport in Europe.
- Circumstances: The regulations also state that, in order to claim compensation for a flight delay, cancellation or incident of denied boarding, the disruption must not have been a result of extraordinary circumstances.
- The deadline for claiming compensation: In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it is possible to claim compensation up to 6 years after the date of the flight. The timeframe varies depending on the European country.
- The total time of your delay: In most cases, you will be able to claim if you’ve arrived at your final destination with a delay greater than 3 hours. When it comes to cancellations, it's 2 hours.
How much money can I claim for my delayed, cancelled or overbooked Level flight?
Set by the legislation, the total amount you may receive in compensation is defined by the flight itinerary and the distance between the airport of departure and arrival. Connecting flights are taken into account when assessing your situation. In other words, your whole booking is covered by the regulation. Consequently, it’s the distance between your initial airport of departure and your final destination what will determine the total amount of money that you may receive in compensation for your delayed, overbooked or cancelled flight. Connecting flights are covered as long as they have been booked under the same reference. Put differently, if they are part of the same ticket or itinerary.
- For all flights covering a distance of up to 1,500 kilometres, you will receive up to £220
- For all flights covering a distance between 1,500 kilometres and 3,500 kilometres, you will receive up to £350
- For flights covering a distance greater than 3,500 kilometres, you are entitled to up to £530
Please remember that if your flight travelled a distance greater than 3,500 kilometres and it was delayed more than 3 hours but fewer than 4, then the total amount of compensation is reduced by 50%. The regulation defines the total amounts in euros and they are €250, €400 and €600.
You are entitled to more than just compensation in case of a long delay or cancellation with Level
The airline should provide you with proper care in the event of a long delay or flight cancellation. This may include the following:
- Meals and refreshments
- Two different occasions in which you are allowed to establish communication with an individual of your choice (calls, emails, etc.)
- Hotel accommodation if necessary (one or more nights) and transport from the airport to the establishment.
If you have incurred additional costs because you did not receive the corresponding assistance and/or care, you have the right to be reimbursed. Remember to keep your itemised invoices and receipts. The request for reimbursement may also be attached to your claim for compensation.
When claiming compensation from Level, Flight-Delayed recommends:
- Keep a copy of your travel documents
- Flight documents (boarding pass, booking confirmation, e-ticket, delay statement, etc.)
- Receipts for additional costs (e.g. taxi, food and accommodation)
Remember and record the information of your disrupted Level flight
- Flight number
- The flight schedule (arrival & departure hours)
- Length of the delay (final departure and arrival time)
Find out the reason for the flight’s delay or cancellation
- Ask Level staff and crew
- Check the weather
- Check if other flights are delayed or cancelled (arriving at or departing from the same airport)
Check your flight for free and find out immediately if you can claim compensation!
Enter the date and flight number of your Level flight in our claim calculator below to see if you can claim compensation for your delay or cancellation. You will also know the total amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Missed your connecting flight with Level?
Missed connections are also covered by the regulation. Let us explain! If your Level booking originated from Europe and a delay or cancellation in any of your flights made you arrive at your final destination with a delay of 3 hours or more, you can claim compensation. The catch: all flights must be under the same booking. The distance used to determine how much money you could get in compensation will be that between your initial airport of departure and the airport at your final destination.
When are you not entitled to compensation for a flight delay or cancellation?
Regulation EC 261/2004 specifies that passengers may receive compensation if the delay, cancellation or denied boarding was caused by an incident under the responsibility of the airline. It means that the airline will have to pay compensation unless it can prove that the disruption was caused by an extraordinary circumstance. Examples of extraordinary circumstances include adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrest, a threat to the safety of the flight or passengers, a passenger falling ill, etc.
Claim your compensation from Level without hassle
Very often, airlines make the process of claiming as complicated as possible in order to simply avoid compensating their passengers. They also overuse the argument that the disruption was caused by an extraordinary circumstance. Therefore, and more often than not, one sees passengers lose hope and accept the airline’s rejection as the truth.
Fortunately, we have the adequate tools and databases to ensure that your rights are enforced and to fact-check the airlines. We will even take them to court when necessary and all of the legal costs will be covered by our win fee. If you wish so, we can take care of everything and help you enforce your rights!
If you want to maximise the probability of being compensated for your Level flight delay, cancellation or overbooking, you can let a specialised service, like Flight-Delayed, take care of the whole ordeal. We will gladly help you get what is yours, all under our no win, no fee agreement.
Have you submitted your claim with Level but the airline rejected your claim?
If you’re uncertain if your flight delay or cancellation qualifies for compensation, once you’ve submitted your claim our team of experts will analyse the circumstances and assess your situation. If your claim has already been rejected by Level, you can still submit your claim and our team will verify and fact-check the airline’s arguments. Very often, they assess the situation wrongly and reject perfectly valid claims; so don’t give up that easily and don’t worry, we’re here to help you!
Level: facts, network and punctuality
Level is part of the International Airlines Group and hasn’t been flying the skies for long. The low-cost long-haul airline was launched in 2017 and has a fleet of 13 aircraft. Its main hub is located in Barcelona. The airline serves up to 2 domestic destinations in Spain and 17 international destinations in 9 countries across the globe. In December 2019, Level had an on-time performance of 78.5%, with a cancellation rate of 0%! Quite impressive.
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