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.

This WOW air refund case will really make you say, “Wow!”

The morning James Gilmore and his family were scheduled to fly home from Paris, he received an email from WOW airlines telling him their flight was canceled. The next available flight was five days later. For a variety of reasons the family needed to be home before then. He called WOW customer service which told him he could book a flight with another airline and WOW airlines would refund the cost. He’s still waiting.

Austrian Airlines bumped me and then gave me empty gift cards as compensation

Austrian Airlines overbooked Robert Raffanti’s flight from Venice to Vienna and asked for volunteers to take a later flight, promising compensation of 125 euros. Raffanti and his wife agreed, but the airline never loaded their gift cards. Can we help Raffanti, or will Austrian Airlines continue its infamous silent treatment of both its customers and with us?

How did this traveler talk herself out of Delta’s goodwill gesture?

After bad weather forces Delta Air Lines to cancel Anna Vilnits’ flight, it offers her a goodwill gesture, but she rejects it and repeatedly insults the airline. Now she’s changed her mind. Can our advocates help her get Delta to reinstate its offer?

Is a two-hour delay worth 25,000 American miles?

When Maurice Woolman’s flight from Berlin to Madrid was delayed, he worried that he wouldn’t be able to make his connection to Miami, which was scheduled to take off 70 minutes after his arrival in Madrid.

Why has my luggage gone missing on Airberlin?

If you’re planning to fly Airberlin any time soon, consider traveling without luggage or shipping it ahead to your final destination.

Our advocates and our forum members have been seeing a big uptick in cases involving missing and delayed luggage on Airberlin. We’re wondering: Why is Airberlin having so much trouble transporting luggage with its owners?

I was bumped from my flight, so where is my compensation?

Celeste Powers is bumped from her flight, and British Airways issues her a debit card worth $659 as compensation. The card doesn’t work, and a month later the airline still won’t resolve the issue. Can our advocates help her get compensation for her overbooked flight?

Norwegian Airlines says that a defective part caused our cancellation. Can I get compensation?

First, Michele Matarese’s flight was canceled. Then it was delayed for for two days. And finally, Norwegian Airlines refused to reimburse her expenses, claiming that the cancellation was due to an “extraordinary circumstance” — a defective part.

Our pilot’s sudden illness caused a flight diversion. Is this an “extraordinary circumstance?”

A sick pilot is definitely an unusual circumstance on a flight. But is it an “extraordinary circumstance” that would exempt the airline from having to compensate the passengers, such as Frederick Brodzinski, for expenses and losses?

Is a French air traffic control strike a valid reason to deny EU 261 compensation?

Tim Murphy booked flights on Expedia for himself, his wife and their four children for an Italian vacation. A strike by French air traffic controllers threw a wrench in their plans. Now he wants to know if his missed connections are fixable.

British Airways goes on the blink. What should I expect?

British Airways: “The World’s Favourite Airline.”

I know what you’re thinking. I must be joking. Certainly, Lynne Farrow from Arlington, Va., will think I am. She was one of the 75,000 passengers stranded when British Airways (BA) had a worldwide IT systems failure on May 28.

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