If at first you don’t get your EU 261 claim approved — try, try again

Sally Lee and a friend book flights to London on British Airways. But the airline cancels their flight less than 24 hours before departure. Their story is a good lesson in how a specific European Union regulation can help flyers, and how to get your EU 261 claim approved.

Austrian Airlines gave me an empty gift card for my trouble

Gift card trouble — specifically, Austrian Airlines gift card trouble — seems to be a little problem these days. Brian Marita is the second passenger to contact us recently about the airline’s nonworking plastic.

After bumping passengers and delaying flights, Austrian Airlines is issuing EU 261 compensation in the form of gift cards. And the airline is proving to be just as unresponsive as retailers Amazon and Target when those gift cards don’t work as intended.

Here’s how to get an airline to pay your EU 261 claim

When British Airways canceled Lawrence Karp’s recent flight from London to Philadelphia, the airline rebooked him and the other three people in his party on a flight to Newark, N.J. But it denied his EU 261 claim, the European air travel protection law.

Why? According to British Airways, a cabin crew strike caused the flight cancellation. And it contends this strike relieves the airline of paying the EU 261 claim.

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