Under European Union law, travelers have the right to a refund or a replacement flight if an airline cancels or significantly delays a flight. The airline may also provide compensation for personal items such as food and hotel accommodations for overnight delays. Travelers may also claim further compensation from the airline if the delay is longer than three hours.
However, this is considering that the delay is due to a strike relating to airline employees. Travelers may not be eligible for such compensation if the delay is due to a strike by employees outside the airline, such as airport staff and air traffic controllers.
In this event, a travel insurance policy’s Travel Delay may be able to provide compensation for meals, accommodations, and unused trip costs if the delay forces you to miss a portion of your trip. To be eligible for this benefit, your delay must meet the minimum delay period outlined in your policy, typically 3-12 hours. Under some plans, a traveler may be eligible to cancel their trip and be reimbursed their trip costs if the delay lasts longer than 24 hours.
This information can vary based on the travel insurance policy. Please review the policy certificate to verify coverage. If you have questions about a specific policy, please contact us directly at 800-240-0369. Our customer service representatives are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily and are delighted to help!
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