Travel Troubleshooter: No compensation for a 14-hour flight delay??


Dear Travel Troubleshooter: I recently flew from Los Angeles to Reykjavik, Iceland, on WOW Air, a discount airline. WOW told me to arrive at 4:30 p.m., but the flight was delayed more than 14 hours.
The reason: The aircraft we were using had left Iceland late. WOW knew this, but still told me to get to the airport at 4:30.

I missed an entire day of my vacation by arriving in the middle of the night instead of at lunchtime. I paid for parking, a car rental and a hotel night that I didn’t use.

I’d like WOW to refund the ticket and pay me $670, the amount I’m owed under EU 261, the European consumer protection regulation. I’ve asked the airline, but it refuses to refund the ticket or pay any compensation. Can you help me?

— Rachael Lopez, Mission Viejo, California

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Answer: WOW should have advised you of the delay, which would have allowed you to avoid the hassle of returning home and then coming back to the airport the next day. But that’s not always possible. Maybe WOW was hopeful that a delay of the inbound aircraft could have been avoided, and advised you to get to LAX on time. I want to believe that WOW had the best of intentions.

Your request for a ticket refund isn’t doable. That’s because in the end, WOW transported you from LA to Reykjavik, thereby fulfilling its legal obligation under its ticket contract. In other words, it got you from point A to point B, as promised.

It just didn’t do it when it promised, and that means it ran afoul of EU 261. Under that rule, you were entitled to real money for the delay — unless WOW …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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