You might be upset that your airline changed your flight time and messed up your plans. However, you should be aware that you have rights as a passenger on any airline. You might not know that the airline owes you money! This is some basic information that can help you learn what your rights are when an airline changes your flight times.


Flight time changes

Your rights will differ on exactly what happens to you and your flight. For instance, changing the flight time is not considered cancelling, but does that mean you will not get anything from it? Well, they are allowed to change the date or time of your flight 14 days ahead with proper notice. However if you see that the flight number changed, that means your flight was technically canceled and you are entitled to get compensation.

To get compensation, you need to file compensation claim request to the airline with the appropriate information and proof. In some cases, you can get as much as 600 euros for what happened! However, some people may not have the time to do this or do not know how to do this alone. Thankfully, can give you a helping hand. Just give them all the right information and they will do all the work for you and you can get your money in no time.

What is a significant change

If the changes in your schedule are significant such as 12 hours for instance, there is a chance you might not get reimbursement, especially if you were notified about the change within 14 days of the flight. You can talk to the airline to re-book your flight if the schedule does not work for you, but be careful because you can get charged with regular re-booking fees.

However, you might be able to find a different flight without being charged a thing. You can check the small print of the tour operator or airline. They might not inform you that you are entitled to get an alternative flight that is similar to your original plan. If you cannot get one, the small print might state that you should get refunded, that way you will not lose any money.

When am I entitled to compensation

In the case that you were waiting for your flight and it has been delayed for more than 3 hours, then you are entitled to get compensation from the airline. Anything less than 3 hours may not get you much, but you are entitled to get free drinks and food after 2 hours of the delay, especially if you are experiencing tarmac delay, which means you are on the flight and are not allowed to leave the plane. Be aware though that the airline cannot keep you on the plane at the airport for more than 3 hours, because it is within your right to leave if the plane has not moved for longer than that.

Dealing with the airline changing your trip schedule can be a hassle, but there are ways you can deal with it. Remember the information above to know what your rights are when you need them the most.