Ryanair has cancelled one sixth of its flights on today (August 10), which has impacted 400 flights in Europe and left many travellers unable to get to their destinations. If you booked your flights and accommodation separately, can you get a refund if you can’t make it to the location? And what compensation can you claim for the cancellations? Fiona Macrae, from the consumer awareness campaign, travelinsuranceexplained.co.uk gives advice on what you can expect from your travel insurance if you have been affected by the cancellations. What should you do if your flight is cancelled? The first thing you should do is contact Ryanair who have promised to refund passengers. However under European Legislation there is also a ‘re-route’ option which means that if your original airline cannot get you to your destination on your booked date, or the day after then you can demand to be booked with a rival airline (subject to seat availability) – your original … [Read more...] about What you should do if Ryanair cancels your flight
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Pilot strikes across Europe have lead to around 400 Ryanair strikes being cancelled tomorrow (August 10). Walkouts in Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden have hit the large airlines flights schedule hard. Around 45,000 passengers are to be given 48 hours’ notice or less that their flights have been cancelled. Friday will be one of the busiest days of the summer for airlines - as Ryanair originally planned to operate 2,400 flights. Do you have to book another, possibly more costly flight? If you booked your flights and accommodation separately, can you get a refund if you can’t make it to the location? And what compensation can you claim for the cancellations? Fiona Macrae, from the consumer awareness campaign travelinsuranceexplained.co.uk, gives the following advice: What should you do if your flight is cancelled? The first thing you should do is contact Ryanair who have promised to refund passengers. However, under European Legislation there is also a … [Read more...] about This is what to do if your Ryanair flight is cancelled
What's going on? Thousands of Ryanair passengers face the prospect of travel chaos after pilots served notice of a 24-hour stoppage for Thursday, July 12. The notice was served by the Irish Airline Pilots Association (Ialpa), around 100 of whose Irish-based pilot members voted in favour of industrial action. What is the strike about? In a word, seniority. The striking pilots want those with the longest service to get first call on entitlements and workplace benefits like annual leave when their children are on holiday, promotions and transfers between bases. When will the strike happen? Ialpa is a division of Fórsa, which said the strike action will last for 24 hours beginning at 1am on Thursday, July 12. Do we know that for sure? No. Industrial disputes can involve a lot of threats and bluster. The strikes have been called, but Ryanair and Ialpa are likely to negotiate, so there remains a possibility that action may be averted on July 12. Fórsa said it is “willing to … [Read more...] about Ryanair Explainer: When are the strikes? What happens if my flight is cancelled?
How do I know if my flights are affected? Check your airline's website (e.g. aerlingus.com or ryanair.com). In the event of a strike or cancellation, it should quickly post the relevant flight disruption information, including a list of affected flights. It should also contact you by email or SMS. What are my rights if my flight is cancelled? If your flight is cancelled for any reason, and regardless of when you are notified, your airline must offer you the choice between: 1) Re-routing as soon as possible, subject to availability, free of charge. 2) Re-routing at a later date. 3) A full refund. How do I arrange a re-routing or refund? In the event of a cancellation or delay, airlines are obliged to inform passengers of their options. If this happens at the airport, staff will usually be on hand to talk you through the various scenarios. Otherwise, the quickest option is to check your carrier's website. It should include the steps to process your own refunds or bookings. … [Read more...] about What are my rights if my flights are cancelled?
It’s around now that the big summer trip starts beckoning. The UK sunshine has faltered after much promise, the end of term is fast approaching and the rest of the office is starting to point out that they won’t be in next month’s meeting. It’s time for a holiday. There’s only one issue – the cash. So what do you do? While here in the UK rail bosses have reluctantly admitted that there are cheaper ways to travel (by splitting your journey into different tickets, as we already knew), we thought it was high time to go the whole hog and explore the options for totally free holidays that can do a little better than a damp trip to Birmingham New Street. Be a leader The standard advice for those after a free holiday is to get involved in a working one. There are certainly plenty of varied and compelling options out there, ranging from well-established TEFL programmes for the budding English teachers among you, to volunteering on organic … [Read more...] about How to travel the world for free