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Overbooking

Your overbooked flight rights

What are your rights if you turn up at the airport only to be told by the airline that the flight you’re travelling on is overbooked?

Overbooking means that there aren’t enough seats for everyone who has booked tickets for a flight.

If a flight is overbooked, the airline will first ask for volunteers to give up their seat in return for incentives, such as a seating upgrade on later flight.

If not enough people volunteer, the airline has the right to stop passengers from boarding the plane in order to free up seats.

This is known as being bumped off a flight.

Knowing your legal flight rights when faced with an overbooked flight means you won’t miss out on compensation.

Which? Legal can help

Our team of specialist advisers provide expert legal advice on dealing with overbooked flights. We can confirm your flight rights including:

  • your rights to a refund when bumped off a flight
  • what you’re entitled to should you voluntarily give up your seat
  • what to expect in terms assistance and compensation if you're denied boarding.
  • the differences in your legal rights when travelling within the European Union and when flying from non-EU countries 

The Which? Legal team of specialist advisers will give you individual, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance to help you win your case.

 

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