Flight delays, high winds, your rights and travel insurance

By , January 5, 2012 10:29 am
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Post summary: Under EU law you have certain rights if your flight is delayed due to bad weather. Your travel insurance can also help when your flight is delayed.

Strong winds are causing disruption again at ports and airports across the UK for the second time this week and the third time in less than a month.

As we are in the midst of winter, it’s hardly surprising that we are getting bad weather, last winter it was freezing conditions and heavy snow, this year its high winds that are causing disruption to flights and other forms of travel.

What are your rights if your flight is delayed due to bad weather?

If you’re flight is delayed or cancelled due to bad weather, under EU regulations, your airline has a duty to look after you, by providing refreshments and accommodation where necessary, depending on the length of the delay. For more information about EU regulations on flight delays and cancellations visit: UK European Consumer Centre

How can travel insurance help for flight delay?

Most travel insurance policies have cover for Travel Delay which will pay you a benefit if your outbound flight from the UK or your return flight into the UK is delayed due to
bad weather, such as the high winds we have seen over the last few days.

Usually, if your flight is delayed by more than 12 or 24 hours, check your travel insurance policy wording for details, you will be entitled to claim a fixed benefit. This
travel delay benefit is designed to help you cover the cost of extra, unexpected expenses, such as food and drink, whilst you are waiting at the airport.

If your outbound flight is delayed by more than 24 hours, you may also have the option under your travel insurance policy to ‘abandon’ your holiday and make a claim for the cost of the holiday, up to the limit stated in the Cancellation section of your travel insurance policy.

For your travel insurance claim to be successful you will generally need to have checked in for your flight at the airport, this shows that you fully intended to travel, and you
must obtain a letter from your airline which confirms the length of the delay and the reason for it.

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