Missed connecting flight compensation

A missed connecting flight is a headache for any air passenger. The good news is that you are protected under EU Regulation EC 261 if your flight was to or from Europe. Under this regulation, you may be entitled to up to $665 in compensation if you miss a connecting flight due to a flight delay, cancellation, or if you are denied boarding due to an overbooked flight.

Watch video about missed connecting flights
Less than 1 hour
More than 5 hours

What if I miss my connecting flight?

A connecting flight differs from a direct flight as it contains several connected flights. Despite the fact that these flights are bought in one booking, they may be connected via other airports on the way.

If one of your flights gets delayed, cancelled or overbooked, you may miss your connection. Fortunately, the airline should arrange a new connecting flight for you. Additionally, if your flight is to or from Europe, you may be entitled to missed connection compensation under EU Regulation EC 261. Thus, if you miss your connecting flight due to a flight delay, cancellation, or boarding denial, you may claim compensation.

Start Your Claim

Can I get compensation for the missed connection?

You can get missed flight connection compensation if:

  • You missed your connecting flight due to a delayed, cancelled or overbooked flight.
  • Your arrival to your final destination is more than 3 hours late in the case of flight delay.
  • Connecting flights must be part of the same booking (with the same reservation number).
  • The flight should be from the EU or land in the EU (when the airline is an EU-based company).
  • The flight delay or cancellation that caused you to miss your connecting flight must be the fault of the airline (such as technical issues etc.)
  • Your missed connecting flight was not your fault (e.g., you were not late at the departure gate, your documents were correct etc.)

If you think, that under these points mentioned above, you should receive compensation, you can file your claim and we will help you with getting it. If you doubt whether you are eligible, you may use our free flight compensation calculator.

Claim Now

How to find out if my connecting flights were with the same reservation?

You can receive missed connection compensation only if both of your flights were part of the same reservation. This means that you purchased your tickets in one booking, and the airline issued you with a ticket for connecting flights. Usually, connecting flights are with the same airline, but it’s also possible for them to be from different airlines.

If your flights are purchased in two (or more) bookings, these flights are not considered as connecting. In this case, you would not be able to receive compensation, but you would be able to claim compensation for the original disruption.

The simple way to find out if your journey is a single reservation is to look at your booking reference number. If this code is the same for all flights, they are considered as part of the same reservation and are connecting flights.

Calculate Compensation

For which flights can I get missed connection compensation under EC 261?

 

You can get compensation for your missed connecting flight if it was within Europe no matter if you are an EU citizen or not. Your flight can also depart from a European airport or land in Europe if it’s a European airline. If part of your journey includes a European connection, you may also be entitled to compensation for a missed connecting flight. Please see the table below.

 

ItineraryEU air carrierNon-EU air carrier
From inside the EU to inside the EUYesYes
From inside the EU to outside the EUYesYes
From outside the EU to inside the EUYesNo – unless your journey originated in the EU*
From outside the EU to outside the EUNo – unless your journey originated in the EU*No – unless your journey originated in the EU*

 

* Under EC 261, flights are a part of the same journey if they were purchased under one booking. Flights that depart from the EU are covered by EC 261 regardless of where the flight delay, cancellation or boarding denial occurs or you miss your connecting flight.

 

EU Regulation EC 261 is also applicable in the following countries: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and the so-called “outermost regions” (French Guiana and Martinique, Mayotte, Guadeloupe and La Réunion, Saint-Martin, Madeira and the Azores, and the Canary Islands).

 

How much compensation do I get for missing a connecting flight?

 

The amount of missed connection compensation depends on the reason why you were late for the connecting flight. The most frequent reason for missing connecting flights are flight delays. Take a look at the amounts of missed connection compensation presented in the table below.

 

DistanceLess than 3 hours3 – 4 hoursMore than 4 hoursNever arrived
All flights 1,500 km or less$ –$280$280$280
Internal EU flights over 1,500 km$ –$445$445$445
Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km$ –$445$445$445
Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km$ –$335$665$665

 

If the reason for the missed connection is other than a flight delay, you may be entitled to a different amount of compensation.

Meet our users

548 Reviews 4.8/5 TrustScore
Anders Parsberger

Professional, fast and efficient.

When I contacted Ifdelayed.com I got a quick response and very good feedback during the course of the case.

Professional, fast and efficient.

Tina Axelsson

I got quick and very helpful assistance…

I got quick and very helpful assistance when I got delayed.

Jimmy Hellberg

Easy as one two three!

Easy as one two three!

Gunilla Carlson

Fast response and easy to use.

Fast response and easy to use

Souha Raad

I was so satisfied by the service of…

I was so satisfied by the service of Ifdelayed. Com. Excellent work!

Sachin Chaudhary

The have a very simple and efficient…

The have a very simple and efficient method for claim settlement. Really appreciate their help for my claim.

Mattias

Very fast and reliable – Recommend!!

Very fast (couple of weeks). Only a few tasks for me as a customer to perform. Money in the bank – Top class!

Martin Vigerland

Excellent service

Excellent service! Would never have been able to get money back without them.

Victor Thorsell

Excellent service

Very satisfied with the help we get!

Alla Dorodny

A great service helped me get…

A great service helped me get compensated

Pedro

Goos service

Great work. I would rise to five stars if the web site were more user friendly. It doesn´t allow to edit the claims

Kate The Great

I’m happy that I used the services of IFDELAYED

I’m happy that I used the services of IFDELAYED even though I couldn’t receive the full compensation due to “capacity issues in Germany and many other countries in the EU”. Nevertheless my additional expenses like hotel and transfer were paid for as well. I would definitely recommend this company if you have any kind of issues with your flight.

Somia Tayyaba

Good

I got my claim very quickly.

Anton

👍👍👍

Great sercice, easy to use. Highly recommended.

Fredrik

Quick, smooth and very supportive.

Quick, smooth and very supportive. Even though I could fight the airline myself (and have done so in the past) Ifdelayed made it so much easier and totally worth the cost!

Claimcompanies.com

Reliable partner

Idelayed has smooth communication and quite PRO tools for customers traffic and performances. Full transparency and motivated team. Highly recommended!

Flight Advisor

Great service

Ifdelayed offers an easy way for people to claim compensation.They help passengers avoid the time-consuming and frustrating process of dealing with the airlines directly. We are proud to be partners with this company as it offers our clients a useful service that they can trust.

Rasmus

Fast and easy

Fast and easy – money on my account in less than 2 weeks.

Calculate flight compensation

en del av

Välkommen

I samarbete med Insurello hjälper vi dig att söka ersättning för din flygförsening från flygbolaget. Upp till €600 per passagerare.

Det kostar ingenting att söka men lyckas vi hjälpa dig få ersättning behåller vi 30% av ersättningsbeloppet.

För att starta ett ärende behöver vi information om din resa.

Klicka "Fortsätt" för att komma igång.

is an official flight claim partner of

Välkommen

I samarbete med Solid Försäkring hjälper vi dig att söka ersättning för din flygförsening från flygbolaget. Upp till €600 per passagerare.

Det kostar ingenting att söka men lyckas vi hjälpa dig få ersättning behåller vi 30% av ersättningsbeloppet.

För att starta ett ärende behöver vi information om din resa.

Klicka "fortsätt" för att komma igång.

is an official flight claim partner of

Velkommen

I samarbejde med Solid Forsikring hjælper vi dig med at søge erstatning fra flyselskabet når dit fly har været forsinket. Man kan få op til €600 per passager.

Det er helt gratis at søge, men lykkes vi med at sikre dig erstatning tager vi et servicegebyr på 30% af erstatningsbeløbet.

For at oprette en sag har vi brug for information om din rejse.

Klik “fortsæt” for at komme i gang.

is an official flight claim partner of

Velkommen

I samarbeid med Solid Försäkring hjelper vi deg med å søke om kompensasjon for flyforsinkelsen din fra flyselskapet. Opptil € 600 per passasjer.

Det koster ingenting å søke, men hvis vi lykkes med å hjelpe deg med å få kompensasjon, vil vi beholde 30% av kompensasjonsbeløpet.

For å starte trenger vi informasjon om reisen din.

Klikk “Fortsett” for å komme i gang.

is an official flight claim partner of

ENGLISHVälkommen

ENGLISH med Solid Försäkring hjälper vi dig att söka ersättning för din flygförsening. Det kostar ingenting söka men lyckas vi hjälpa dig få ersättning tar vi 30% av beloppet.

Välkommen

I samarbete med Handelsbanken hjälper vi dig att söka ersättning för din flygförsening. Det kostar ingenting söka men lyckas vi hjälpa dig få ersättning tar vi 24% av beloppet.

is an official flight claim partner of

Välkommen

I samarbete med Solid Försäkring hjälper vi dig att söka ersättning för din flygförsening. Det kostar ingenting söka men lyckas vi hjälpa dig få ersättning tar vi 30% av beloppet.