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Airlines Paying for Hotels and Meals When There Are Delays?

July 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Destinations, News, Websites

I remember the days when flight delays meant meal vouchers and/or free nights in hotels.  That was a long time ago.  In Europe, however, the 2004 EC 261 law “requires airlines to pay penalties of up to 600 euros, or about $750, when the problem is the carrier’s fault, and cover hotel rooms and meals even when it is not.”  That doesn’t seem to do most of us any good unless you fly on a European Union airline within the European Union.  Here’s a well-kept secret:  EC 261 “applies to all flights departing from the European Union, regardless of the passengers’ nationality.” If you are returning home from the EU on an American carrier, the law applies to you.  While it may be difficult to navigate the collection process under EC 261, as more people become aware of the rule, it may become easier.  Full details are in Susan Stellin’s article in The New York Times Click here for information on EC 261 on the British Airways site.