United Airlines Compensation for Delayed or Canceled Flight

Was your United Airlines flight delayed or canceled? You may have the right to compensation or refund under EU Regulation 261/2004.

United Airlines flight delays or cancellations rights

Do you know you may ask for compensation for United Airlines (UA) flight delays or cancellations? Under EU Regulation 261/2004, you may receive compensation of up to 600€ for longer flight delays and cancellations.

So let’s dig into it deeper to understand when you are eligible for compensation and how to claim compensation following EU Regulation EC 261.

United Airlines Flight Delay Compensation

If your United Airlines flight was delayed for more than three hours, you could be eligible for compensation up to 600€ under EU Regulation 261/2004.

You could claim under the following conditions …

  1. you arrived at the final destination later than 3 hours
  2. you were departed from an EU airport
  3. and, the delay wasn’t due to extraordinary circumstances

How much can I claim for UA flight delays?

The amount to claim for United Airlines delayed flight is between 250€ to 600€ depending upon the route distance and length of the delay. If you have traveled …

Short distance
(up to 1500 km)
Medium distance
(1501 to 3500 km)
(more than 3500 km)
e.g., Frankfurt to Madrid e.g., Frankfurt to Athens e.g., Frankfurt to Newark
€250 €400 €600*

* the amount may get reduced by 50%, i.e., you may get up to 300€ for a distance of over 3500 km if EU borders were not crossed.

No claims can be asserted to passengers under extraordinary circumstances such as extreme weather, strikes, coronavirus, or any “Act of God”. And it seems to be valid, as these situations are beyond the control of the airlines.

Your Flight Has Been Delayed or Canceled. What Should You Do?


Ask a reason for the delay

Ask the airline for the reason behind the delay. Get confirmation in writing from the airlines’ customer service.

Note Arrival Time

Note the flights’ arrival time, i.e., when the aircraft door was opened and passengers were allowed to step out.

Collect Evidence

Collect evidence such as pictures of arrival board, boarding pass, receipts, etc., to prove the delay.

Check your Eligibility

Enter your flight details into our compensation checker to check if you are eligible for compensation.

Exchange Contacts

Exchange contact information of co-passengers (which can act as evidence while asking for compensation).

Claim Money Back

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Flight departure delays

If there’s a delay at departure, you are eligible for the “Right to Care.” The airlines must offer:

For 2+ Hours of Flight Delays


Free meals and refreshments.


2 free phone calls, email or fax service.

For 5+ Hours of Flight Delays


Free meals and refreshments.


2 free phone calls, email or fax service.


Re-routed to the earliest available flight


Refund of the ticket cost, if you were unwilling to travel


Hotel accommodation & transport facility for an overnight delay.

Was your flight delayed for more than 3 hours?

Claim Compensation

United Airlines flight cancellation compensation

Flight cancellations can put many passengers in frustration, which leads to travel plans suffering and the consequences could be very serious.

If United Airlines cancels your flight without any prior notice, you could be entitled to claim flight cancellation compensation between 125€ to 600€.

Under European Regulation EC 261, if your flight was canceled and you were informed less than 14 days before departure, you are eligible for compensation.

For United canceled flight without prior notice of at least 14 days, you can either apply for a refund or ask for an alternate flight.

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

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

  1. the days you were informed before
  2. the length of delay, and
  3. route distance

Whereas, for United flight cancellation due to extraordinary circumstances, you could not receive any compensation.

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

United Airlines Missed Flight Connection

In order to claim compensation for a missed flight, it is necessary for the passenger to book the entire journey under one booking reference.

A missed flight connection is likely to leave passengers stranded at the airport for several hours. Even small delays in original flights can result in a passenger missing their flight and have to wait for hours in order to get an alternate flight.

You may be entitled to United missed flight connection compensation under the European Union Regulation EC261, 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.

Related Questions

How to claim compensation from United Airlines?
You may contact United Airlines directly, or for a hassle-free claim, we are here to help you on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. On a successful claim, we charge a 25% success fee + VAT (0% VAT, if you are a non-EU resident).
What happens if you miss your connecting flight with United Airlines?
Don’t worry! You could be entitled to compensation if you missed your connecting flight due to delay or cancellation caused by the airlines.
But, if you missed it due to personal reasons, contact the airline as soon as possible, you might be able to get a refund for your ticket cost.

Was your flight cancelled without any notice?

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United Airlines Overbooked Flight Compensation

Flight overbooking is a situation in which you have bought a flight ticket but then you were informed that there are no seats available to board the aircraft and you were forcibly removed.

This situation actually puts the airlines at an advantage, as they are able to sell more tickets than they have seats.

Under EU law, you are eligible for compensation for denied boarding due to overbooked flight, 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.

How to claim compensation for delayed or canceled flights?

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Useful Information about United Airlines

United Airlines is one of the most popular airline company in the world with its headquarters located in Chicago, Illinois.

United Airlines is among the top largest airlines along with American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. It is one of the founding members of Star Alliance (World’s largest alliance group).

The IATA code of United Airlines is “UA”.

United Airlines has 8 hubs within the United States that include Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines Flight Destinations
United Airlines have more than 790 fleets under its name. UA operates its flights across over 238 domestic, and 118 international destinations in 48 countries around the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

United Airlines European Destinations

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

Country City
United Kingdom London, Edinburgh
Italy Milan, Rome, Venice, Naples
Germany Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt
Netherlands Amsterdam
France Paris, Nice
Spain Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga
Ireland Dublin
Switzerland Geneva, Zürich
Portugal Lisbon
Sweden Stockholm
Belgium Brussels
Czech Republic Prague
Greece Athens
Can you cancel a flight with United Airlines and get a refund?
If you want to cancel your United flight, you are bound by the terms and conditions set out by the airline at the time of booking. United Airlines has a 24 hours cancellation policy.

You can cancel your United flight ticket within 24 hours of booking. You may get a full refund of the flight ticket cost without being charged.

If you cancel your ticket after completion of 24 hours of booking, you may have to pay the cancellation fee.

United Airlines Passengers' Reviews
United Airlines have been rated 3 out of 10 stars reviewed by more than 4600 air passengers as of July 2023 over SkyTrax.

SkyTrax rates airlines based on their quality, performance, and services.

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

United Airlines Contact Information
The information below might be useful for you to contact American Airlines directly

Website: United Airlines

Mobile app: Android | iOS

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter

Phone Number: +1-800-864-83-31

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