It really, really is that simple…

Do you remember all the juicy details of your last six years of flights? We certainly don’t blame you. For most people, flying is an exercise in patience, and one where the operating principle is to pass out as quickly as possible, and block out details as soon as you land. Travel is about the amazing destinations, after all. But occasionally, a little trip down (good and bad) flight memory lane can put some unexpected cash into your pocket, perhaps even to the tune of $1000 or more.

Old Flight Delays

If you’ve traveled to or from Europe in the last six years, there’s a fair chance you’ve experienced a flight delay. Any delay on a European airline, or any delay from Europe going anywhere in the world of more than 3 hours from the scheduled landing time can be entitled to up to €600 in flight compensation. Yep, if you landed 3h 01m late, you’re very likely entitled to some dough. We’re talking actual cash, not airline play money, and as long as it wasn’t due to bad weather, there’s a seriously good chance you’re eligible!

A Quick Inbox Scan

We were talking travel with a friend about how their travels seem to always go array. After a quick convo about the where and whens we suggested they let AirHelp scan their inbox, to see if there were any flights actually owed money. Now naturally, the first thought is *eeeek*, give someone access to my inbox?!?!?! – but it’s not like that. The app simple looks for airline confirmations and checks them against their database of flights which are due legal compensation, even flights that are years old. They’re not interested in your amateur photography, and if you’re really worried, you could create a new account and forward all your flight itineraries to that new email address. You don’t even need to use the service if it finds anything, but if you do, you’ll find money in the bank faster than you’d possibly imagine. You can always deal with the claims yourself, but some airlines purposely make it painfully slow, and if your time is limited, these services can be worth every penny.

$1000 Later

After a few minutes AirHelp had found multiple flights in the last few years which were eligible for €600 in compensation each. Now a true customer relations pro, with unlimited time could totally then go and file claims with the airline themselves, but for those with limited time, like our friend, AirHelp or one of the other great services like Bott & Co make a lot of sense. The service takes a 25% fee, but does all the legal work and paperwork required to get you money for your flight delay. In less than two weeks, our friend had $1000 in the bank from AirHelp. Doing it on their own, they may have had more like $1250, but for the lack of effort and expedited time frame, $1000 is still pretty cool. It’s really that simple.

Have you ever received cash from flight delay compensation?