The Essentials

European Union Rule 261 Explained

If you’re going to be flying to, from, or through Europe, there are little-known rules that protect you if your flight is delayed or canceled.

It’s something called European Union Rule 261 (EU 261), which became a rule back in 2004.

And most airlines aren’t exactly volunteering it. But if your flight is delayed, canceled or if you are denied boarding, you’re entitled to cash compensation up to 600 Euros.

Again, most European airlines don’t mention this rule when there’s a delay or cancellation or if they oversell the plane and bump you.

You have to bring it up. The only new development is that Rule 261 no longer applies to flights from the United Kingdom, thanks to Brexit.