What happens if your flight is overbooked, and how to make injury claims
It should never happen, but it does, you get to the airport for your planned flight and find that there are too many people booked onto it and you are one of the ones that have been bumped from it. For most travellers, this is utterly devastating. You are, of course, planning on taking a trip if you are booked onto a flight, and will have connecting flights or transportation booked, as well as your accommodating.
Having to go a day later, or even later than than can really ruin your entire holiday, so this is one of the worst things that could greet you at the start of your trip. If you do run into this issue, here are some things you should know.
- See what other options there are on the flight. Just because you are being told that your seat is unavailable, doesn’t mean that all of the seats are unavailable. Wait and listen to what is being said, as many airlines will fill up the whole plane first, moving people up to business and first class and so on.
- See whether there is another flight. Sometimes you will be offered another flight which may take off just a tiny bit later, so that your holiday is not too badly affected. Don’t be shy when it comes to pushing for this, as the people who shout the loudest often get the best.
- Get a refund. If you cannot fly on the plane you have booked, then you absolutely should not be paying for a ticket on it. Demand a refund instantly if you cannot be put on another plane. Even if you can be put on another plane, you should be given some of your ticket price back because of the inconvenience.
- Call your accommodation. If you are going to be late for your holiday, you should call your accommodation or resort before you do anything else, to let them know what is happening and that you do still want the room, so that they don’t give it away while you are waiting to get there.
Making Tamworth claims
You can usually make claims for compensation if a flight is cancelled or overbooked, but you should also know that you can make Tamworth claims against your airline if you suffer an illness or injury due to their neglect as well. In order to make any Tamworth claims, you should consider using an experienced injury lawyer, who can work on your behalf to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team and find out more about the Tamworth claims process, as well as making a start on your claim.