Delayed in Europe? This Site Can Help You Get an Airline Refund
An Europe-wide consumer support site called refund.me helps passengers collect compensation from airlines for canceled or delayed flights. According to European air passenger rights, travelers reaching their destination three hours after schedule could qualify to receive a refund of up to 600 euros.
Airlines have a lot of excuses for why they run late, such as weather, technical/maintenance issues, flocks of birds, and tardy flight crews, to name a few. Lots of times, airlines blame their late arrivals on one or a combination of these in an attempt to convince the passengers that "it's just the way it is" with barely so much as a sorry. But, legally, they are not always legitimate reasons for arriving late, and as refund.me has figured out, passengers are entitled to get some of their money back.
Refund.me uses a series of questions to help decide if your situation is legit. They can't help you in the case of a crazy snowstorm or ash clouds, but if technical issues forced your flight to be delayed or rerouted, you have a case! Right now, refund.me will take cases from passengers all over the world, but the flight has to involve a European airport, and the organization takes 15% of the "winnings" as a commission.
Refund.me said that it had a 93% success rate in its first year of operation. We love the idea of consumers holding the airlines accountable, and it begs the question of whether we need a similar site here in the States. Could you imagine getting a reimbursement check the next time a "maintenance delay" screwed up your travel plans?
That would be a sweet day indeed!