Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

European Flights delay, cancellation or denied boarding compensation (EC261/2004)

Click here to read all about how to claim EC261 compensation.

EC 261/2004 is a regulation by the European Union (EU) that outlines the rights of air passengers in case of denied boarding, flight cancellations, or long delays. The regulation was put in place to ensure that air travelers receive adequate compensation and assistance in the event of disruption to their flights.

Under EC 261/2004, passengers are entitled to compensation if their flight is cancelled or if they are denied boarding due to overbooking. The amount of compensation varies based on the distance of the flight and the length of the delay. For example, passengers flying within the EU are entitled to receive up to €600 ($717) in compensation for flight cancellations, and €250 ($298) for delays of two hours or more.

In addition to compensation, air travelers are also entitled to assistance from the airline in the form of meals, refreshments, hotel accommodation, and transportation if necessary. The length of the delay and the distance of the flight determine the level of assistance that must be provided by the airline.

It's important to note that EC 261/2004 only applies to flights that depart from an EU airport or flights that are operated by an EU-based airline and arrive at an EU airport. Furthermore, the regulation only applies to passengers traveling within the EU and not to those who are connecting to another flight.

In conclusion, EC 261/2004 is a crucial regulation that protects the rights of air passengers in the EU. It ensures that air travelers receive adequate compensation and assistance in the event of flight disruptions, making air travel a more secure and stress-free experience for all.
  1. Eligible flights: The regulation applies to all flights within the EU and to flights departing from an EU airport, regardless of the airline's nationality. For example, if you're flying from Paris to New York with an American airline, and your flight is delayed or cancelled, you are entitled to the same rights and compensation as if you were flying with an EU-based airline.

  2. Denied boarding: In the event of overbooking, airlines are required to first ask for volunteers to give up their seats in exchange for compensation or other benefits. If not enough volunteers come forward, passengers may be denied boarding against their will. In this case, passengers are entitled to compensation and assistance from the airline.

  3. Cancelled flights: If your flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a refund or to be rerouted to your destination as soon as possible. In case of a cancellation, passengers are also entitled to compensation if the cancellation was not caused by extraordinary circumstances (such as adverse weather conditions or strikes).

  4. Long delays: If your flight is delayed by two hours or more, you are entitled to assistance from the airline, such as food, drinks, and, if necessary, overnight accommodation. If the delay is five hours or more, you have the right to cancel your flight and receive a full refund.

  5. Extraordinary circumstances: Airlines are not responsible for compensating passengers for disruptions caused by extraordinary circumstances, such as severe weather conditions, strikes, or security threats. In these cases, airlines must still provide passengers with assistance, such as food and drinks, but they are not required to provide compensation.

  6. Time limits: Passengers have two years from the date of the flight to claim compensation under EC 261/2004. However, it is advisable to file a claim as soon as possible, as airlines may dispute claims that are made after a long period of time.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Travel Tips to Vietnam

Tons and Tons of Tourist heading to Vietnam or traveling through Asia during summer so here are some tips for you

Tip 1:

Most people would like to have cheap or unlimited Internet even they went out to the jungle in Asia, it’s still always nice to keep contact with friends and family though.

            So How cheap it can be? I found a really cheap way to do so!
            Try to find this card, the operator is “Mobifone” their card have 50,000VND in there even people told you there’s 100,000VND, it’s actually still 50,000VND inside, it’s because they have 3 accounts in the card for incoming and outgoing…. Complicated but the Main account is most important. The other doesn’t count, when you top up, it just top up the main account as well but give you extra bonus in the others.
They will try to fool you by that.

Buying a SIM in Hanoi is way cheaper then in Ho Chi Minh City as Hanoi is very competitive since SIM is selling everywhere on the street. You will some small light box, they will have SIM card and top up coupon there.

If you put in the SIM and just use, it will be pay as you go and the credit can run out really quick with Internet usage.

!!The trick is send a message DK MIU to 999
then it will deduct 40,000VND in your phone credit which provide you
30 Days Unlimited Network with first 400Mb high speed up to 7.2Mb
Even it slow down afterwards it still works fine.

Vietnam phone network is really fast under 3G but rather slow with 2G.
The 3G coverage are mostly just available in the city.

**People in Ho Chi Minh City will try to trap you by selling the SIM way more expensive then it should, this card I brought in Hanoi is just 65,000VND but in HCMC the first guy try to charge me 200,000VND then 100,000VND for some else but coz I brought this one very cheap so I told them finally someone offer 80,000VND which is rather more reasonable and actually not much that different in foreign currency.

P.S. 50USD is roughly equal to 1,000,000VND
        25USD is roughly equal to    500,000VND
So you can have the card the card that included the plan with less then 5USD.

Tip 2:

Never book a hotel in Airport, it’s way more then expensive or just book a 1 night to get you to the busy area so you can find hotel around which there’re a lot of them in the backpacker area of HCMC and the city of Hanoi.

If you had booked a hotel in advance in Hanoi, sometimes the taxi driver may drive you to some hotel that is not the one you told. Beware of that and double check the name if you have already booked online.
I had booked a hotel before in the airport which cost 35USD and I need an extra night, the lady ask how much is did the airport charge you, I said 30, she easily give me 20USD deal for you for an extra night!
            It can be always cheaper if you having few nights, even two, ask for the price for a night, in example they may say 30USD for a nice hotel then try to get it down to 28 then ask for a several night discount so basically pushing down to limit, it may be 25 or so at the end. If you are a budget backpacker that wants a nicer room but not a dorm, it’s really nice to save few bucks for EVERY single night and spend it on some cheap beer that can just be 1.5US per cup. Or a street snacks which cost 20,000VND(1USD) only.

I have stayed in Bali Hotel in District 1, 82Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward. I am just there for a night, they offer a double bed room or triple room with a same price, 30USD which is really fine coz the triple room would have cost 40USD at normal and that room is rather big. I have checked the double bed room it’s not really that cools as triple one.
The hotel is new as it just opened for about 1-2months, try to talk them down if you stay there for a 2 nights or more and just saying, I don’t think it’s worth to have the breakfast there so just tell them you don’t need the breakfast so it may be even cheaper as it will cost 3USD if you get it on extra. On street snacks will be way better as I don’t think you will want many fried food in the early morning lol I am taking the flight next day so I don’t really have a choice but you do!

Tip 3:

If you are traveling on day trips or half day trip or so, the travel agent always raise price of cause, beware of “Cu Cin Tunnel” as the half day trip or day trip going there do NOT include entrance ticket to the venue so 4USD would be fine for the ticket or even lower if you find it, sometimes they just go for 5 and even 8 USD. For me 5 would be acceptable but 4 of cause more preferable: p

There’s an travel agency which sell bus ticket and everything they have really cheap ticket, I can even say they are the cheapest as they provide ticket from HCMC to Mui Ne for just 7USD one way (it’s a 6-7hours bus when tunnel is just about 3 hours away return) and they agency have cheap open bus ticket form HCMC all the way up to Hanoi as well, they have lots of different plans so you just have to let them know what cities you want to stop and they will try to organize for you.

Tip 4:

Which is not really a tip as many people knows, don’t buy stuff on the break station which the bus stop by within the day trip or so as the price there are way too expensive! The only thing is reasonable are drinks but with their price they have something in advance which is they have variety of choices for you as they have lots of those hand made work even tho you can buy it somewhere else way cheaper but Drinks are usually more reasonable price but not chocolate or other snacks. Sometimes it can be just way too high.

Tip 5:


There’re two kind of train in Vietnam that is traveler/tourist train and Government train. Don’t take government train, as it’s really bad even tho it’s cheaper. Last time my friend told me the travel agent just booked that for them and on their way back they booked a cabin on tourist train, it was just too tough perhaps lol

Tell me if you have some other tips also wanna share with others

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


There're so many important things in life but are they really important or you are just been told it's important?

What do you think is important for you?
Is it religious things like Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage?
or Study like good High School, College, University?
What are really important for you?

It had been so much fun for me from June this year.
Friends visiting, staying in different hotels, crashing at friends couch, bed.
I can almost do Hotel reviews lol

too many visiting... Let's see how many I can list for now.
From visiting to work to both.
James, Steve, Jeff, Dean, Daniel, Dan, Michael, Mason, Pablo, lot lot more....
for me myself not living in the city, it's actually so much fun in Hong Kong to be a tourist... as I say all the time Hong Kong is awesome but for me.... It's not really awesome for living but it's really cool for travel and visit.

For me nothing much is ever important, life is short.
Albert Einstein said. I never worry about the future, it comes soon enough.
so why would you?
Love is so much easier... When you love it, you want it you go for it. Many friends of mine know it I have a theory no matter you agree it or not, that's why sometimes I really go for something. When I do it I meant it, I don't mind to wait for hours, as long as the result comes.
""I hate that when I can do something but I didn't and regret afterwards"", the regret is just too much for me to take. If you did it and fail, at least you have tried but if not it's such a waste of yourself, of your own chance

so when you think you should do it, stop thinking and go for it. Hmm something get me regret, funny story: so one day in the morning after a hook up, me and the mate want to get a cab but they seems all full, I was thinking maybe I should tell him: Hey give me a kiss and the miracle will happen... I should really said it coz the taxi just appear 5 seconds later, if I have said, it's gonna really like a miracle :p......
I know I know things don't come as you want like this all the time but what can I say man, maybe I am just a luck man....xD

so whatever you want to do, go for it and don't regret for it, you have the responsiblity, take it or leave it....
Regret for you have done but not you haven't~
you know I love and care you