Your Flight Got Cancelled? These Airlines Offer Refunds or Vouchers

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Your flight has been cancelled and you’re asking yourself if you can get a full refund or only a voucher? We’ve compiled the policies of forty airlines and present you with a quick overlook.

We have already summarized at which points airlines must offer you a full refund:

In order to keep it short – you are entitled to a refund if one of the following two conditions applies:

  • Your flight was booked with an airline headquartered in the European Union, Switzerland, Iceland r Norway, i.e. Lufthansa, Swiss, KLM, Air France, Norwegian, …
  • Your flight departed from EU soil and operated by an airline headquartered outside the EU, i.e. Emirates, Etihad, American Airlines, …

Sadly, many airlines try to circumvent those rules by keeping passengers in the dark, suggesting that a voucher is all they can hope for. In most cases, this is false. Because of that, we compiled the airlines’ stance and your option to deal with them.

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We cannot give a guarantee for correctness, but added the sources for as many airlines as possible.

Should I Accept a Voucher?

You’re not sure whether you should prefer a voucher over a refund? We can’t make that decision for you, but can shine light on the pros and cons of accepting a voucher:

  • A voucher helps the airline to keep operating flights in dire financial times. Some even offer a refund at a later point (up to 12 months).
  • Some airlines add a bonus to the value of your voucher if you opt for it.
  • Sometimes, the airline offers only a voucher – to get a refund instead takes time and may come at additional costs for legal help.
  • You are bound to the airline, even if you find a cheaper ticket with a different carrier.
  • The vouchers are usually quite restrictive. For example, they are often valid just a year and cannot be combined with coupon codes or other discounts.
  • If the airline files for bankruptcy, your voucher is basically worthless.
  • How long Covid-19 related travel restrictions are upheld is totally up in the air. You may not be able to redeem the voucher before it expires.

Aegean Airlines

  • EU-Airline: Yes, headquartered in Greece.
  • Refund: Not offered actively by the airline, but bound by EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, validity of 18 months.
  • Rebooking: Yes, without a fee. You have to pay the price difference for changes made before April 30 for travel up to October 20, 2020.

Aer Lingus

  • EU-Airline: Yes, headquartered in Ireland
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: Yes, with a 10% bonus, valid for 5 years.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference.

Air Baltic

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Latvia.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: Yes, with an addeed €20 Bonus per oneways, valid until May 31, 2020
  • Rebooking: Ja, no rebooking fee, but price difference.

Air Canada

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Canada.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for 24 months.
  • Rebooking: Ja, no rebooking fee, but price difference.

Air France

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in France.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for one year.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Until September 30, 2020, for travel before November 30, 2020.

Air Transat

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Canada.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for 24 months, issued automatically in case of cancellation.
  • Rebooking: No. Only vouchers.

Alitalia

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Italy.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for one year.
  • Rebooking: Yes

American Airlines

  • EU-Airline: No, based in the USA.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, no price difference.

Austrian

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Austria.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee and a €50 bonus on the price difference. Valid until August 31, 2020, for travel until April 30, 2021.

British Airways

  • EU-Airline: No, but subject to EU law until 2021.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for 12 months after the initial travel date.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference until December 31, 2020.

Brussels Airlines

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Belgium.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee and a €50 bonus on the price difference. Valid until August 31, 2020, for travel until April 30, 2021.

Cathay Pacific

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Hong Kong.
  • Refund: Yes, for flights booked before March 23 with travel dates before May 31.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until May 31, 2020, for travel until December 10, 2020.

Condor

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Germany.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Rebooking may occur after the initial departure date.

Delta

  • EU-Airline: No, based in the USA.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until December 31, 2020.

Easyjet

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in the UK & Austria.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for 6 months.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference.

Egyptair

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Egypt.
  • Refund: Yes, after Egyptair resumes passenger operations.
  • Voucher: Yes
  • Rebooking: Yes, after Egyptair resumes passenger operations.

Emirates

  • EU-Airline: No, based in the UAE.
  • Refund: Yes, offered globally.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for 12 months.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, no price difference for departures before August 31, 2020.

Etihad Airways

  • EU-Airline: No, based in the UAE.
  • Refund: Yes, for departures from the European Union, Switzerland, United States and United Kingdom.
  • Voucher: Yes, until September 30 for travel until July 31, 2021. Plus up to 5,000 Etihad Guest Miles.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, no price difference for departures before June 30, 2020.

Ethiopian Airlines

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Ethiopia.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for one year.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until December 31, 2020.

Eurowings

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Germany & Austria.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for one year. You may travel later.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until August 31, 2020, for travel up to March 27, 2021.

Finnair

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Finland.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: Yes, with a 10% bonus.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until December 30, 2020.

Iberia

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Spain.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for travel up to March 31, 2021.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid for travel until March 31, 2021.

Icelandair

  • EU-Airline: No, but subject to EU law.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for three years.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid for travel until December 31, 2020.

KLM

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in the Netherlands.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for one year. You may travel later.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference.

LATAM

  • EU-Airline: No, based in South America.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for 12 months.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid for travel until December 31, 2020.

Lufthansa

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Germany.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid until August 30, 2020, with a €50 bonus.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until August 31, 2020, for travel up to April 30, 2021. For departures before December 31, a €50 bonus is subtracted from the price difference.

Norwegian

  • EU-Airline: No, but subject to EU law.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: Yes, with 20% bonus in CashPoints. Valid for 12 months.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until May 31, 2020, for travel up to November 30, 2021.

Oman Air

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Oman.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee and no price difference in the same booking class. Valid until May 31, 2020, for travel up to October 31, 2020.

Pegasus Airlines

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Turkey.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until April 30, 2020.

Qatar Airways

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Qatar.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: Yes, with a 10% bonus. Valid for 12 months.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. Valid until September 30, 2020.

Ryanair

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Ireland.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For bookings made before March 31, 2020.

SAS

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Sweden.
  • Refund: Yes
  • Voucher: Yes, valid until November 30, 2020.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For bookings made before April 14, 2020.

Scoot

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Singapore.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For bookings made before May 31, 2020.

Singapore Airlines

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Singapore.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: Yes, valid until March 31, 2020.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For bookings made before May 31, 2020, and travel up to March 31, 2021.

Sun Express

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Turkey.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: Yes, with a €25 bonus. Valid until March 27, 2021.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For bookings made before May 31, 2020, and travel up to June 30, 2021.

Swiss

  • EU-Airline: No, but subject to EU law.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes, with a €50 bonus. Valid until August 31, 2021.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For bookings made before August 31, 2020, and travel up to April 30, 2021.

TAP Air Portugal

  • EU-Airline: Yes, based in Portugal.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law.
  • Voucher: Yes
  • Rebooking: Ja, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For travel up to May 31, 2020.

Thai Airways

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Thailand.
  • Refund: Not actively offered, but subject to EU law for flights departing from Europe.
  • Voucher: No
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee, but price difference. For bookings made between January 28 and April 30, 2020.

Turkish Airlines

  • EU-Airline: No, based in Turkey.
  • Refund: Yes, even possible as Miles&Smiles Miles
  • Voucher: Yes, as an Open Ticket valid for travel until February 28, 2021.
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee and no price difference within the same booking class. Valid for bookings made until April 21, 2020.

United Airlines

  • EU-Airline: No, based in the USA.
  • Refund: Yes, but only after 12 months
  • Voucher: Yes, valid for 12 months
  • Rebooking: Yes, no rebooking fee but with price difference. Up to 12 months for new booking until April 30. For existing bookings made before March 2 with travel dates up to May 31.

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Comments (3)

  1. Melanie says:

    Great article. I have one addition: Scoot offers refunds in form of vouchers. Our flight wasn’t even cancelled but we could no longer transit in Singapore so I went online to see if I can rebook to a later date in the year and there it was, a button saying “Refund”. I clicked it, received an email in my inbox confirming the request and the very next day I had a voucher for the amount of my booking, valid for 1 year from date of issue.

  2. Marc says:

    And what can I do when an airline only gives me the possibility to get a voucher, like Lufthansa or Swiss do? How do I get the refund?

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