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How to Claim Finnair Compensation?

How to claim Finnair compensation?

How to claim flight delay compensation?

Depending on your situation, the process can vary. In some scenarios, you might have multiple options, including managing the claim yourself or working with professionals to handle it efficiently. In other instances, you may have no choice but to handle it by yourself. It’s important to distinguish between compensation and refund as they are two different concepts. Depending on the circumstances, you might be eligible for compensation, a refund, or both.

How to Claim Finnair Compensation?

How to claim Finnair compensation for a disrupted flight?

The method for claiming compensation from Finnair is contingent upon the type of compensation you’re seeking. Here are some of the most common situations:

1. UK/EU Flight Compensation: Finnair

Please note that technical issues with the aircraft and Finnair staff strikes fall under the airline’s responsibility and are not considered extraordinary circumstances.

1.1 Long Flight Delay

Criteria for claiming Finnair flight delay compensation:

  • Delay of 3 or more hours (upon arrival);
  • Delay due to the airline’s error;
  • Flight within/to/from Europe.

To file a compensation claim with Finnair, reach out to their customer support center through their website and fill out a claim form. Don’t forget to cite Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 and be persistent in your communication.

Alternatively, you can also file a claim with experts.

Read more:

By Europe and EU here on this page (and on this website in general) we mean all EU Member States, the United Kingdom (UK), Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, Mayotte, Saint Martin (French Antilles), the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.

1.2 Flight Cancellation

The requirements to receive compensation from Finnair for a cancelled flight are:

  • Last-minute flight cancellation (up to 14 days before the flight);
  • Cancellation due to Finnair’s fault (not due to bad weather or other extraordinary circumstances);
  • Flight to/within/from Europe.

To make a Finnair compensation claim, get in touch with the Finnair customer support center through their website.

It’s important that you cite Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 and assert your rights to prevent claim denial from the airline.

Or file a claim with experts.

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1.3 Denied Boarding / Overbooking

How to claim Finnair compensation if you have been denied boarding?

To be eligible for denied boarding compensation, certain requirements must be satisfied:

  • You must be denied boarding involuntarily due to overbooking;
  • Denied boarding must be due to the airline’s error (i.e., overbooking), not problems with your passport, visa, etc.;
  • Flight must be from/within/to Europe.

Remember, passengers lacking proper travel documents, such as valid visas, are not entitled to compensation. Passengers who voluntarily choose alternative arrangements, such as a later flight, may also not be eligible for compensation.

How to claim denied boarding compensation?

Reach out to Finnair’s customer support center via their website.

Refer to Regulation (EC) No 261/2004.

Or file a claim with experts.

Read more: Finnair Denied Boarding Compensation

1.4 Missed Connection Flight

If your initial flight is delayed or canceled, causing you to miss your connecting flight and reach your destination 3 or more hours later than expected, you may be entitled to compensation under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004.

However, this only applies if:

  • The delay is Finnair’s fault, not resulting from extraordinary circumstances (e.g., bad weather or pandemics);
  • The flight is departing from or arriving in Europe.

To claim compensation from Finnair, reach out to their customer service center via their website, and remember to cite Regulation (EC) No 261/2004.

Or you can work with experts.

Read more: Finnair Missed Connection Compensation

1.5 Downgrading

If you are involuntarily downgraded on your Finnair flight, you are entitled to compensation. The compensation amount varies based on your flight distance, ranging from 30% to 75% of your ticket cost. The airline is obligated to pay you this compensation instantly.

If they fail to do so, you should reach out to Finnair and file a claim. Be aware that you are not obliged to accept any vouchers or coupons offered by the airline. If you encounter any difficulties, refer to Regulation (EC) No 261/2004.

Read more: Finnair Flight Downgrade Compensation

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2. Baggage Compensation

How to claim Finnair compensation for baggage issues?

There are two options available for obtaining baggage compensation.

You can either reach out to your insurance company to manage the claim or submit a claim directly via Finnair’s website. Be aware that claims related to baggage are generally not handled by flight compensation companies.

2.1 Damaged Baggage

In the event that your luggage or bag is damaged, here are the steps you should follow.

Step by step:

  1. Within 7 days of receiving your bag, submit a damage report at the airport;
  2. Supply the required documentation;
  3. Make a claim online (you will be given instructions at the airport);
  4. Be entitled to compensation up to €1300.

Read more: Finnair Damaged Baggage Compensation

2.2 Delayed Baggage

If your luggage is delayed, follow these steps:

  1. Declare the loss of your baggage at the airport;
  2. Secure a Property Irregularity Report or PIR along with a personal reference number;
  3. Utilize your reference number to monitor your bag’s status online;
  4. Receive a reimbursement for your essential purchases necessitated by this delay.

Read more: Finnair Delayed Baggage Compensation

2.3 Lost Baggage

There are instances when your luggage may not arrive at all.

If this is the case, follow these steps:

  1. Declare the loss of your luggage at the airport;
  2. Secure a Property Irregularity Report along with a personal reference number;
  3. Using your reference number, monitor your bag’s status online;
  4. If your bag is not located after 21 days, submit a list of contents of your bag for compensation up to €1300;
  5. In addition to compensation, you can submit a claim for any extra expenses.

Read more: Finnair Lost Baggage Compensation

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3. Finnair Refund For Cancellation

In the event of a flight cancellation with Finnair, you can opt for a refund of the ticket cost.

However, depending on the specifics, you may also be eligible for compensation. To claim either your refund or compensation, it is imperative to contact Finnair at the earliest. If required, be sure to follow up after a few weeks.

You can find more about the process in the linked article.

Read more: Finnair Refund For Cancellation

3.1 What If You Cancel a Finnair Flight?

If you cancel Finnair flight, the refund process is quite simple.

Begin by cancelling your reservation; this can be done online via the Finnair website or by reaching out to their customer service. After the cancellation, a refund request needs to be submitted. The refund amount will largely depend on the terms of your ticket fare.

Note that not all tickets are refundable. If you bought a non-refundable ticket, you may not receive a refund, or substantial cancellation charges may apply. It’s crucial to read and understand the fare rules prior to ticket purchase.

It’s also important to be aware that while you may be eligible for a refund, you will not receive compensation for cancelling your own flight. Compensation under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 only applies when the flight is cancelled by the airline, not when the passenger opts to cancel.

Therefore, while you may receive a refund for your ticket depending on fare conditions, you cannot receive compensation for flights cancelled by you.

Finnair airplane

Do Not Agree to Finnair Vouchers

When you are entitled to European flight compensation or a refund from Finnair, it’s crucial to know that you are not obligated to accept Finnair vouchers as a form of compensation. You have the right to demand a monetary refund instead.

When interacting with Finnair customer service, always remember to cite Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 and state clearly that you are unwilling to accept vouchers as compensation. If the customer service representative does not propose a cash refund, ask to speak to a supervisor or manager.

Indeed – you are entitled to receive your compensation or refund from Finnair without having to accept vouchers as payment.

Claiming Finnair Flight Compensation On Your Own

If you’re considering pursuing Finnair flight compensation on your own, it’s of paramount importance to be persistent and be well-acquainted with your rights as a passenger. Be aware that airlines might resort to exaggerating issues to evade compensation by overstating problems or classifying mechanical faults as extraordinary events (which, in actuality, is not true – mechanical issues do not qualify as extraordinary events). Some airlines might also propose vouchers as an alternative to compensation.

It’s worth noting that such strategies are not limited to Finnair, but are common across global airlines.

Summarily, to independently claim Finnair flight compensation:

  1. Learn if you are entitled to compensation. Using EC Regulation No. 261/2004 as a guide, determine if your situation warrants either flight compensation or a refund.
  2. Retain all pertinent documents. This incorporates boarding passes, tickets, receipts, and any other proof of your flight and its associated costs.
  3. Reach out to Finnair. Submit your claim directly to Finnair’s customer service. This could be accomplished via email, telephone, or their website.
  4. Remain persistent. If your initial response is unsatisfactory, hold your ground. Continue to communicate with the airline and reiterate your right to compensation.
  5. Decline vouchers. Remember, you are entitled to financial compensation. Do not accept vouchers if they are offered.
  6. Escalate as needed. If the airline rejects your compensation request, consider escalating the issue to a National Enforcement Body or initiating a legal suit.

By following these steps, you can independently claim Finnair compensation. Nonetheless, bear in mind that this process can be intricate, and expert assistance is available if required.

Court Action – Finnair

If Finnair denies your compensation claim, you may have to consider instituting legal proceedings against the airline. Before heading to court, however, you can escalate your claim to NEB, which could potentially circumvent the need for a court case. A favorable ruling from the NEB can bolster your case and enhance your chances of achieving a positive outcome, even if the airline persists in its refusal to pay compensation.

If, despite all your actions, the airline continues to reject your claim, filing a lawsuit against Finnair could be your next course of action. This step should be seen as a last resort, only to be considered after all other attempts at mediation and escalation have been exhausted. Be mindful that legal actions can be strenuous both financially and in terms of time.

Hence, it’s vital to be well-prepared and fully aware of what you’re signing up for. However, if your claim is legitimate under EC Regulation No. 261/2004, and you have the requisite documentation to substantiate it, you may indeed need to take your case to court.

What is your experience with Finnair compensation claims? Have you ever received compensation from Finnair? Share your experience, or questions, in the comments.

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