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Does travel insurance cover flight cancellation?

Does travel insurance cover flight cancellation?

The short answer is no, not usually. But your travel insurance can help you recover from cancelled flights in other ways. Here’s how. 

Wouter Van Rijn Travel Expert
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My flight was cancelled, and my policy doesn’t cover it. How can I get compensation?

If your flight is cancelled or is delayed by more than three hours, your airline should compensate you. To find out the airline’s specific procedure for making a claim, check its website or call in.

You have a legal right to compensation if you were flying to or from a European Union (EU) country or with an EU-based airline. Depending on the extent of the disruption you suffered, you could receive up to £532 in compensation.

It’s also worth checking what’s covered by the travel cancellation part of your travel insurance. It could help you cover costs for your hire car, to cancel a connecting flight, or to cover that hotel room you pre-booked.

My flight was cancelled, and my policy doesn’t cover it. How can I get compensation?

I need to cancel my seat on a flight. Am I covered?

Your travel insurance could well cover you if you need to cancel your seat on a flight due to unexpected events like these:

  • Unforeseen illness or injury suffered by you or by a close relative, by your intended travelling companion or by the person you were going to stay with when you were away.
  • If you have to attend a court of law as a witness or on jury service.
  • If you are made redundant from your job.
  • If you or your travelling companion is a member of the armed forces, police, fire, nursing, or ambulance services or a Government employee who can no longer travel because authorised leave has been cancelled.
  • The police requesting you to remain at home or return from your holiday because of damage to your home caused by fire, explosion, flood, theft.
I need to cancel my seat on a flight. Am I covered?

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