Many holidaymakers often over-estimate the amount of compensation they are actually entitled to when flights are delayed, according to consumer watchdog Which?
Where flights are delayed and passengers miss connections, most airlines are not obliged to provide the holidaymaker financial compensation, said Suzy Valentine, a lawyer for Which? legal service.
However, when flights of less than 1,500 kilometres are delayed by more than two hours, airlines are obliged to provide what Ms Valentine described as "minimal assistance".
"Up to 1,500 kilometres... more than two hours delay is enough for the minimal assistance to kick in. And that's meals, refreshments, two free telephone calls or emails," Ms Valentine explained.
"These are small things that people forget," she added.
With a greater delay, the amount of "assistance" increases.
"If you have a delay of more than five hours, or you're delayed overnight on any flight, you're entitled to the same as before plus overnight accommodation, transfers, and the reimbursement of your ticket if you choose not to travel So if it's feasible for you to take the train or a hire car, [you can do so]," Ms Valentine said.
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