American Airlines Flight Delay Compensation

If your American Airlines flight was delayed or canceled, you could be eligible for flight delay compensation under EU law.

We’re here to assist you with compensation and understanding your rights under EU 261 rule and claim accordingly.

Check how much you are entitled to.

Here is a complete guide to compensation for American Airlines flight delays, AA flight cancellations, and denied boarding under EU Regulation 261/2004.

American Airlines flight delays or cancellations

Stranded at the airport due to flight delays or cancellation with American Airlines? Don’t worry, under EU law you may have some sort of benefits. Whereas under US law, there is no protection for you for a delayed and canceled flight.

For American Airlines (AA) flight delays or cancellations, you may have the right to compensation or refund under EU law EC 261.

We can help you with American Airline’s compensation on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. Let’s find out when and how much you can claim.

American Airlines Delayed Flight Compensation

Airlines usually stick to their schedules, but sometimes it doesn’t work that way. Your flight may get delayed due to airlines’ fault, or some conditions which are beyond the control.

If your American Airlines flight delays for more than 3 hours, you could be eligible for compensation up to 600€ under EU Regulation 261/2004.

Under EU law, your right to American Airlines’ delay compensation depends on the following factors …

  • you reached the final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours
  • you were departed from an EU airport
  • and, the delay wasn’t due to extraordinary circumstances

How much can you claim for American Airlines delays?

The amount of compensation for American Airlines’ delayed flight is between 250€ to 600€. It depends upon the travel distance and the length of the delay.

Travel distance Length of the delay Amount of Compensation
less than or equal to 1,500 km 3 hours or more €250 ($280)
1501 km to 3500 km (within EU) 3 hours or more €400 ($450)
more than 3500 km (when EU borders were crossed) 4 hours or more €600 ($680) *
* the amount may get reduced by 50%, i.e., you may get up to 300€ for distance over 3500 km when EU borders were not crossed.

What to do if your American Airlines flight was delayed?

  • ☛ Ask the airline for a reason behind it
  • ☛ Get confirmation in writing from the airlines’ customer service
  • ☛ Note the actual arrival time, when your flight landed at the final destination
  • ☛ Keep your travel documents with you (e.g. ticket, boarding pass, etc.)
  • Check if you are eligible for compensation
  • ☛ Assign us your case for a hassle-free claim
  • ☛ Or, contact the airline directly if you opt to claim yourself

American Airlines departure delays

for delays over 2 hours ☛ free meals and refreshments
☛ 2 free phone calls, email or fax service
for delays over 5 hours ☛ re-routed to the earliest available flight (or)
☛ ticket refund, if you were unwilling to travel
☛ hotel accommodation and transport facility for an overnight delay, or when stay becomes necessary

Flight Delayed or Cancelled with American Airlines?

American Airlines canceled flight compensation

The airline can cancel a flight for numerous reasons. If you do find yourself in such a situation, you might be worried. Under EU law EC 261, you could be eligible to claim compensation.

If American Airlines cancel your flight without any major reason, you could be entitled to claim compensation but the following condition must be met …

  • American Airlines informed you about flight cancellations less than 14 days prior to departure time
  • the reason behind the cancellation was within AA’s control
  • you had confirmed flight booking.

The amount of compensation is between 125€ and 600€ depending upon …

  • days you were informed before
  • the length of delay, and
  • route distance

For an American Airlines canceled flight without prior notice of at least 14 days, you have two options to choose from.

  • apply for a refund, or
  • ask for an alternative flight

If your alternate flight or re-scheduled flight delays for more than 2 hours, you could be eligible for compensation under EU law.

Whereas, for American Airlines flight cancellation due to extraordinary circumstances, you are not eligible for compensation.

We at ClaimFlights make it easier to claim canceled flight compensation successfully without facing any difficulties.

How much can I claim for AA flight cancellations?

Am I eligible to claim compensation under extraordinary circumstances?
Extraordinary circumstances are events that can cause flight disruptions. These events are beyond the control of the airlines, such as bad weather, tsunami, or any ‘Act of God’. Thus, you are not eligible to claim.
Can I cancel my American Airlines flight and get a refund for the canceled flight?
If you want to cancel your reservations or change your flight date, the cancellation policy depends upon the type of ticket you have purchased as of the American Airlines Official Website. You can usually change or cancel your flight reservation online.

Within 24 hours or the same day of booking your ticket, you may cancel your trip and get a full refund of your ticket fee, subject to at least 2 days prior to flight schedule departure date. For a non-refundable ticket, there is no refund, unless and until American Airlines cancels their flight due to certain conditions such as Change in the schedule, Military Orders or Death of the Passenger/Co-Passengers.

American Airlines Missed Flight Connection

Well sometimes in order to reach the final destination passengers require connecting flights, i.e., the passenger has one or more layovers in between, and may have to change their flight to reach the final destination.

However, it is possible for the passenger to miss their connecting flight due to delay, or cancellation. In such a situation, the passenger could be eligible for compensation, if the entire journey was booked under one booking reference.

You may claim American Airlines missed connecting flight compensation under the European Union Regulation EC 261, if …

  • the same airline operates your connecting flight(s) which you missed due to a delay or cancellation of your first flight, and
  • the delay at the final destination is more than three hours.

American Airlines Overbooking Compensation

Overbooking is a situation in which an airline sells more tickets than there are seats on the plane. They are allowed to do this because they know passengers sometimes don’t show up at the airport.

This situation however actually puts the airlines at an advantage. They are allowed to bump passengers if the situation demands.

Under EU law, you could receive compensation up to 600€ for denied boarding due to overbooking, if the departure was from an EU airport.

Although you were offered an alternate flight or alternative transportation but reached later than three hours at the final destination, you are eligible for compensation.

Sometimes the airline also offers travel vouchers to the air passengers who were bumped.

What happens if you miss an American Airlines flight?
Don’t panic! American Airlines has a rule called ‘flat-tire’ rule that lets passengers put on a stand-by for a later flight to the destination with no penalty charge.

The rule will work if you missed your flight due to circumstances beyond your control and you need to be present at the airport within 2 hours of your missed flight.

Why do American Airlines overbook flights?
Airlines do not want to incur losses due to empty seats due to flight cancellations, delays or last-minute changes in travel plans. That’s why sometimes airlines sell more tickets on purpose, than the available seats on the plane.

How to claim compensation for American Airlines delayed flight?

We are specialized in helping airline passengers get their compensation from the airline.

  1. To proceed, check your flight using our compensation checker tool.
  2. Provide us with some further flight information, and you are all set.
  3. We prepare and file a claim on your behalf in front of the airline, or court (if required).
  4. We will take care of the rest of the process.
  5. Once we receive compensation, we charge a success fee of 25% + VAT (no VAT for non-EU residents).
  6. Don’t be late, claim for your rights today !

Why should you choose “ClaimFlights”?

  • No win No fee. Yes, you read it right, you need to pay nothing unless we win the case
  • No additional legal action fee, or admin fee (even if we have to take your case to court)
  • Close to 100% Success in court
  • Success Fee 25% + VAT (no VAT, if you are a non-EU resident)
  • Best Payout when compared with the other flight delay claim companies
  • Test Winner in many flight delay provider tests

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Useful Information about American Airlines

American Airlines (AA) is one of the largest airlines in the world with its headquarters at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). Miami Airport is also third largest hub for American Airlines and it has other 8 hubs located in the US.

Its IATA Code is “AA”.

It operates a wide network of domestic as well as international flights. Tulsa Airport is the place where basic maintenance work is being carried out for its flawless execution.

American Airlines Group is the parent company of American Airlines. It is recognized as one of the founding members of OneWorld Airline Alliance.

American Airlines Flight Destinations

It has more than 948 fleets under its name which flies to more than 190 destinations worldwide over more than 55 countries.

European Destinations:

You are eligible for flight compensation if your departure took from any of the European destinations below:

Country City
Germany Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich
United Kingdom Manchester, Edinburgh
Italy Milan, Rome, Venice
Spain Barcelona, Madrid
Ireland Dublin, Shannon
Croatia Dubrovnik
Netherlands Amsterdam
Hungary Budapest
Czech Republic Prague
Greece Athens
Poland Krakow
Portugal Lisbon
Switzerland Zürich
France Paris

American Airlines Baggage Policy

American Airlines allows one carry-on bag and one check-in baggage (laptop bag or briefcase to carry your personal items) per passenger for free.

Carry-on baggage should not exceed 22 x 14 x 9 (dimensions in inches) including handles and wheels. Checked baggage / Hold luggage limits to weight 23 kilograms or 50 pounds.

For Platinum, Gold and Premium Economy passengers, 1st and 2nd checked baggage are allowed for free.

You have to bear additional charges if you carry excess baggage, a maximum of up to 10 bags are allowed to check for Transatlantic, Transpacific, and US Domestic travelers.

In case your baggage gets lost or delayed for more than 5 days, you need to contact the airport agent to get your reference number which will be useful to file your claim. You may seek the help of AA agents at the airport and track using their 13 digit reference number. You can contact them to claim reimbursement for items in your bag.

American Airlines Reviews

American Airlines have been rated 3 out of 10 stars by Skytrax as of March 2020. SkyTrax rates airlines based upon their quality, performance, and services.

In terms of Onboard Services, AA air passengers gave 2 stars out of 5 for in-flight entertainment, food & beverages, seat comfort, staff service and value for money.

The information below might be useful for you to contact American Airlines directly:

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