Update: Claim4flights went out of business of business.
Based in the United Kingdom, Claim4flights, provides flight compensation services for anyone who has dealt with flight delays, overbookings or cancellations. They have worked with over 100 airlines to claim successful compensation, including major European airlines such as Monarch, Jet2, Thomas Cook, KLM and more. They also operate for anyone who had departed on or flown with an airline within the European Union.
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|AVERAGE COMPENSATION TIME:||8-14 weeks|
|REVIEWS:||92% are five star “Excellent” reviews|
Our Claim4flights review
Claims4flights, like other companies of its kind, sets out to provide compensation for anyone who has had a flight delayed, canceled or was denied entry due to overbooking. To file a claim you can contact them by phone or email. Unfortunately their website only supports the English language. When you do file a claim, you should expect to hear back within about 48 hours, which may be longer than some.
Their website is easy to navigate and provides information on everything you need to know about filing a claim and what may or may not qualify you for compensation. Unfortunately, some of the information on their website is vague and may not be able to answer all of your questions. Luckily, they have a FAQ section which can break things down a little more, but the website does allow you to check the status of your claim.
User reviews are positive but still falls a little shorter than other companies. While some have praised them for their quick response and ability to send out won compensation, others have complained about how long it took to receive their compensation. Some have also lauded the lack of communication in response to their claim, but these are few and far between.
With the United Kingdom being as big as it is, Claims4flights has a good foothold in contacting hundreds of airlines and different countries to give their clients the best shot at receiving compensation. While their website only functions in English, it is designed in a way to help you get the information you need. Other flight compensation companies may have a specialized area, but Claims4flights functions everywhere under the EU umbrella. This is a nice middle of the road company for anyone who wants a reliable company to back them up in claiming compensation for a flight.
Other things to know about Claim4flights
- Established in 2013 and bases its operations in the United Kingdom.
- Charges 25%, plus £25 for a successful compensation claim. If your claim is not successful you are not charged.
- While they do not provide an average wait time for compensation resolution, it is stated that an airline can take up to 13 weeks to respond to a claim.
- Covers any flights and airlines based within the European Union.
- Website only supports English.
Claims4flights covers any flights in the European Union.
They cover all legal fees that may happen during claims process.
Their website allows to check claims status, unlike many of the competitors’ sites.
Initial response from Claims4flights is within 48 hours.
Website only supports English.
Claims4flights is not active on social media.
Customer reviews are a little less positive than others.
Claim4flights.com flight compensation
- Flights up to 1500 km
Mid ranged flights
- Flights from 1500 km to 3500 km
- Flights more than 3500 km
Mid ranged flights
Is Claim4flights.com trustworthy?
Yes, you can definitely trust them.
When are you entitled to EU flight compensation?
EC Regulation Number 261/2004 establishes common rules for passenger compensation aid for flight delays in the European Union countries. These rules state that passengers are to be given compensation if their flight was departing or arriving in EU and was delayed due to airline’s fault. Compensation is given to a passenger who has experienced a delay of more than 3 hours. A flight delay in general can be any delay, though in order to qualify for compensation, the delay must put you at your final destination more than 3 hours late. A canceled flight is considered eligible for compensation if it was cancelled less than 14 days before scheduled departure date. Bellow you will find the most common airline’s faults:
Airplane Technical Issues
If the airplane has mechanical or technical issues, such as faulty landing gear or questionable control systems, then the airplane is considered to have technical errors, and is not safe to proceed with the flight.
Rotation situations involve the plane arriving late from its previous destination. This offsets the time it departs on its next scheduled flight route.
Operational issues can include anything having to do with the planning of the flight. This normally involves route planning, but it could include other technicalities that affect the operation of the plane.
The law provides some level of flexibility here, since there are other scenarios where the flight may not be able to proceed. These reasons are not always foreseeable, therefore hard to document specifics.
When are you not entitled to EU flight compensation?
There are certain circumstances where the airline is not responsible for flight disruptions. If the airline is not responsible, then passengers do not qualify for compensation.
Delayed for Less Than 3 Hours
If you flight was delayed, but you still made it to your final destination in less than 3 hours late, then you do not qualify for compensation.
Flight Canceled More Than 14 Days Ago
A canceled flight is not considered eligible for compensation if it was cancelled more than 14 days before scheduled departure date.
Airplane Manufacturing Flaws
Manufacturing flaws in the aircraft is considered to be no fault of the airline. Under these conditions, no compensation is required.
Bad Weather Conditions
If it is determined to be unsafe for the aircraft to depart, the airline is not at fault and compensation is not required.
Strikes and Incidents
Strikes are not considered the fault of the airline; therefore, compensation benefits do not apply.
If your flight carrier isn’t registered in the EU, the flight does not qualify for compensation.
Giving out a copy of your passport should be done with care and only when it’s necessary. It goes without saying that we will treat your documents with the utmost of care, but there are a number of things you can do to make sure you’re not at risk of identity theft. For instance, you can write the word ‘copy’ on the copied document, as well as the date and the company the copy is intended for. You can also cross out your passport number.
Proof of payment will do instead but we always prefer the travel documents
Yes, no matter your nationality or residence.
You must make sure to provided us a way to send you the money. Besides SEPA bank transfer, other methods of payment might be accepted. Payment is made in euros by law, so banks might charge you some fees to convert to your currency. If you have a friend holding an EU bank account, we can transfer your money to him upon yours and his approvals.
Yes, you can help your family or friends receive their compensation.
If they are in your booking you can include them while filing the claim in this site. They will need to sign a document later, or now using your device. Not for children, they are represented by their guardian.
For people in other bookings another claim must be filed. We can contact them instead, just send us their email addresses.
Your case has a better chance of success if we have many claims in the same flight, so it is better for everybody (oops, except the airline) if you talk to other passengers and everybody joins.
Yes, you can claim yourself or through your lawyer. In such case a very low tax of success (2%) is to be expected.
You are not entitled to compensation when a flight is disrupted due to force majeure or for reasons not related to the airline’s operations. Examples include:
- Weather conditions that are not suitable for the flight, natural disasters (e.g. the Ejafjadlojokudlio volcano that erupted in Iceland in 2010)
- Airport operation disruptions
- Acts of terrorism or military actions
- Trade union strikes
- Airplane factory defects
- Your financial compensation may be reduced if you agreed to accept other forms of compensation proposed by the airline – e.g. gift coupons or discounts for another flight.
If you have already accepted similar forms of compensation from the airline, it is important that you inform us about it.
The Regulation No. 261/2004 does not set a time limit on how far back claims can go. There is no unified time limit for all EU countries. Hence time limit for flight claims is specified in national laws of the country where you bring the claim (European Court of Justice, Case C-139/11 dated November 22, 2012).
Generally, in majority of countries passenger can claim compensation for flights dated 3 to 5 years old, however other countries may have up to 10 years and even longer, so we encourage passengers to submit claims for all pre-existing disrupted flights and we will check it for you and notify you accordingly (you might have hundreds of EUR sitting in your email, so do not lose it).
Every EU country has its country-specific time limit. For example, in the UK – time to submit a claim to court is 6 years (confirmed in case Dawson v. Thomson Airways in 2014), so any claims for a flight less than 6 years old shall be eligible for flight compensation.
Important that time limit for bringing a claim is calculated from the date of the disrupted flight (date of arrival or scheduled departure in case of cancellation) and NOT until the date of claim submission to the airline, but until claim officially submitted to state court. Hence, it is important that passengers CLAIM FAST on their flights not to lose its rights. Warning, some airlines are actively trying to enter into lengthy settlement discussions directly with passengers in order to delay court filing, so once time has lapsed airline will immediately change its approach and reject passenger’s claim completely without any remedy.
Any passenger (regardless of nationality and residence) has a right to the EU Flight compensation (from €250 to €600) for eligible flights only in the following cases:
1) pertinent to all airlines;
EU to EU flights (domestic EU flight operated by any airline);
EU to Non-EU flight (departing from any EU airport and arriving at any airport outside EU operated by any airline);
2) pertinent to EU airlines only:
from Non-EU country to EU country (flight departing from a non-EU member state and arriving in any EU country on a flight operated by an EU licensed Airline).
1) a passenger has to have a confirmed reservation on a flight operated by the airline, and
2) a passenger has to arrive in time for the check-in as indicated on the ticket or communication from the airline, or, if no time is so indicated, no less than 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of the flight;
3) flight shall meet time limits for bringing court claims, which are EU country-specific (EU countries, as usual, allow recovery for EU flights up to 3 years old, but some countries allow even older flights claims, e.g., UK allows to claims for flights up to 6 years old).
Major exclusions from the Regulation No. 261/2004:
1) flights from a Non-EU country to an EU country operated by a non-EU airline (e.g., American Airlines flight from New York to Paris is excluded from the Regulation No. 261/2004 may be covered by US regulations, but a return flight from EU to the US will be covered). But if you have a connection in Paris and continue the flight to Dubai on any airline, then the flight Paris to Dubai will be covered as the flight from EU;
2) flight disruptions caused by Extraordinary Circumstances (such as labor strike, security reasons, bad weather but only which affected flights, not any bad weather conditions qualify as an extraordinary factor);
3) passengers travelling on a free or discounted ticket not available to the general public are not eligible for flight compensation (airline employee’s discounted tickets). However, seasonal tickets, publicly discounted, promotion/sale tickets fares, as well as ticket obtained from a frequent flyer program are eligible for the flight compensation;
4) flights from Gibraltar Airport;
5) helicopter flights.
Yes, but you have to provide us with proof of authority/consent of your fellow passengers to do that. Please note that flight compensation will be paid to each passenger account even if you paid for tickets for your family unless proof of authority or assignment of payment is specifically furnished to our reasonable satisfaction.
A flight is considered disrupted and you can claim for compensation if:
- The flight was delayed and was late to arrive at the destination by more than 3 hours.
- The flight was cancelled less than 14 days before departure.
- The air carrier refused to fly you because there were no available seats on the airplane.
Depending on the distance you were planning to travel, you can expect compensation ranging from €250 to €600.