When you fly with United Airlines from the UL/EU, your rights are protected under EU Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004, also known as EU261. This regulation states that if your flight departing from the EU is delayed or cancelled, you may be entitled to flight compensation.
Were you flying from the UK with United Airlines? In that case, the 'The Air Passenger Rights and Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019' protect your rights even further. It's the British version of EU261, enacted after Brexit.
If your United Airlines flight experienced a delay for at least 3 hours, it is highly likely that you are eligible for flight compensation.
If your United Airlines flight was cancelled and you did not opt for an alternative flight provided by the airline, you have the right to a refund. Moreover, if the flight cancellation occurred within 14 days of the scheduled departure, you may be entitled to compensation for the cancelled United Airlines flight.
Irrespective of the cause or nature of the flight disruption, United Airlines is obligated to offer passengers special assistance known as the "right to care." This assistance includes provisions such as food and beverage vouchers, communication services, and, if necessary, accommodations and transportation. You can claim these directly at the airline's service desk. You also have the option to personally purchase the necessary items and expenses, United Airlines is then obliged to reimburse you for these reasonable expenses.
Please note that if your United Airlines flight was delayed or cancelled due to "Extraordinary Circumstances," you may not be eligible for flight compensation. In such cases, the airline must be responsible for the flight disruption in order to provide compensation to affected passengers.
Were you more than 3 hours late because of a United Airlines flight delay? Then you could be eligible for up to £520 in United Airlines flight compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your United Airlines flight's cancellation, you may be entitled to a ticket refund, compensation of up to £520, or both.
You may be eligible for flight compensation if:
Your flight was departing from the UK/EU
Your flight was cancelled less than 14 days before the scheduled departure date.
You must also consider unusual circumstances such as a natural disaster that prevents the flight from taking off — if these extraordinary circumstances apply to your flight, you may be ineligible for compensation.
If your flight was cancelled and you did not take the airline's alternative flight, you may be eligible for a United Airlines ticket refund. You are also entitled to a ticket refund if you were not offered an alternative flight.
Note that to be able to benefit from the refund and compensation under British and European regulations, your flight needs to be departing from the UK/EU.
We do not advise accepting a travel voucher in lieu of a refund. This is for two main reasons:
Accepting a travel voucher binds you to fly with the same airline again. In addition, the airline usually assigns a time limit for redeeming the voucher.
If the airline declares bankruptcy, you may be unable to convert your voucher into a cash refund — in other words, your money will be lost.
If you initiate the cancellation, you may not be eligible for flight compensation according to the air passenger rights regulations. It is advisable to review United Airlines' specific policies or contact their customer service for further details regarding flight cancellation compensation.
If you have missed a connecting flight due to a delay or cancellation of your United Airlines flight, and both flights were booked under the same reservation, you may be eligible for compensation and/or a refund for the entire trip if the delay or cancellation meets the specified criteria.
Overbooking is common for airlines. They frequently sell more tickets than there are available seats on the plane, and if there aren't enough volunteers to give up their reservations, passengers may be denied boarding against their will.
You can — in certains circumstances. As United is a non-EU airline, the European regulations apply only to the United Airlines flights departing from Europe and the UK.
See table below for more information.
Can I claim compensation for a flight outside of Europe?
Flying with a British carrier
Tokyo to London with British Airways
Flying with an EU carrier
Amsterdam to London with KLM
Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier from the UK
London to Tokyo with Japan Airlines
Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier to the UK
Tokyo to London with Japan Airlines
|Type of flight||Example||Compensation|
|Flying with a British carrier||Tokyo to London with British Airways||Yes|
|Flying with an EU carrier||Amsterdam to London with KLM||Yes|
|Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier from the UK||London to Tokyo with Japan Airlines||Yes|
|Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier to the UK||Tokyo to London with Japan Airlines||No|
You must be departing from the UK/EU to be eligible for flight compensation under European and British laws.
The amount of compensation depends on the flight distance.
For flights shorter than 1,500 km, the compensation is £220.
For flights between 1,500 and 3,500 km, the compensation is £350.
For flights of over 1,500 kilometres within the EU, the compensation is also £350.
For flights of over 3,500 kilometres outside of the EU, the compensation is £520 —but if your flight was delayed by fewer than 4 hours, the total amount might be reduced by 50%.
Extraordinary circumstances are used to describe situations in which the airline is not to blame for the delay or cancellation. If any of the following conditions apply to your United Airlines flight delay or cancellation (this list is not exhaustive), you may be ineligible for flight compensation:
Bad weather conditions, such as thick fog, heavy rain, or thunderstorms.
A strike, most often specifically within the aviation industry (for example, a strike of air traffic control workers at a specific airport).
However, a strike of the airline's crew is not considered an extraordinary circumstance!
Political circumstances, such as a terrorist attack or general security risk due to political unrest.
Natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions and hurricanes.
A collision between the aircraft and birds or other foreign objects.
An ill or unruly passenger.
Flight delays caused by the airport staff, such as extraordinarily long queues to security checks.
You should be aware that airlines can claim that extraordinary circumstances occurred when they did not! They do so to avoid having to compensate passengers.
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If you are flying from the United Kingdom, you have 6 years to file a claim for United Airlines flight compensation or a United Airlines flight refund. Scotland is an exception, as you have 5 years to claim.
Different national laws will apply if your itinerary does not include the United Kingdom.
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Passengers who claim flight refund and flight compensation with us generally receive their funds within a few weeks or months.
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