South African Airways Delayed or Cancelled Flight compensation and refund
You had South African Airways flight delay or cancellation and you don’t know what to do.
Well, read below information about passenger rights all in one place, prepared by our professional experts.
You may have the right to claim South African Airways compensation up to €600 (£540) as per EU law, as explained below.
South African Airways Delayed or Cancelled Flight compensation and refund
It's everyone's dreaded travel scenario: you buy a ticket from South African Airways, show up, and discover that your flight is delayed, cancelled, or worse. Or you find that the flight is fine, but you or an immediate family member are denied boarding. What are your rights? Are you due compensation?
You could receive up to €600 from South African Airways. We here at AirAdvisor make claiming compensation easy. If we collect compensation for you, we charge a fee of only 30% from the amount you receive. But we get paid only if we successfully obtain compensation on your behalf.
If you've had a cancelled or delayed flight and are looking for information about a refund or South African Airways flight compensation, we are here to help. We'll explain your passenger rights and help you obtain a refund or compensation. Submit a complaint to South African Airways and receive as much as €600 per passenger. Use our free Compensation Calculator to find out much you are owed and to start your South African Airways claim. You don't need to be an expert on South African Airways refund policy or cancellation policy to receive your money back.
What Are My Passenger Rights in Case my South African Airways Flight Was Cancelled or Delayed?
According to EU law your rights include:
- up to €600 compensation which is not reliant on ticket price
- Includes disrupted South African Airways flights up to 3 years old
- Covers flights that were delayed at least 3 hours, cancelled, or overbooked
What Should I Do in Case of Cancellations or a South African Airways Delayed Flight?
- Confirm the reason for the delay or cancellation.
- Collect proof: photos, receipts of expenses, South African Airways booking number, vouchers, etc.
- Insist on your basic benefits and services at the airport.
- Check your eligibility for compensation with our free online compensation calculator.
South African Airways Flight Compensation Claims
As a passenger, you may be entitled to compensation if the following have occurred:
- Flight delay: If your flight arrived 3+ hours late at your final destination.
- South African Airways Cancel Flight: if South African Airways cancelled your flight and informed you less than 14 days before departure.
- Overbooking: If you have been denied boarding due to overbooking.
- Missed connecting flight: If you missed a connecting flight due to a delay in one of the legs and you arrived at your destination 3+ hours late.
South African Airways Flight Cancellations: When are they Liable?
When South African Airways can escape liability: South African Airways claims if a flight was cancelled due to events outside of its control; for example bad weather, or issues at the airport. Such events are typically called extraordinary circumstances and in such cases, you are not entitled to a South African Airways missed flight refund.
All airlines will generally try to book you on the next available flight at no additional charge, in the case of cancelled flights. You may agree to the proposed flight or request another replacement flight, or demand reimbursement if you are not happy with any of the options proposed.
Note: If your rebooked scheduled departure arrives at a similar time to your original departure time, you're not entitled compensation. The law is fair and allows airlines not to pay compensation if you can reach your destination with minimum inconvenience. In most cases, passengers who have a cancelled flight will have valid claims for a South African Airways flight compensation.
An airport employees’ strike is beyond anyone's control. Learn more about cancellation compensation.
When South African Airways cannot escape liability: When South African Airways cancel flights, EU 261 Regulation on air passenger rights are clear: You must be put on an alternative flight or provided with a full flight refund.
Also, if you were notified about the flight cancellation less than 14 days before your date of departure, you may be able to receive up to €600 per person in compensation. Additionally, you may receive South African Airways flight delay compensation if you arrived 3+ hours later than the scheduled arrival time of your initial flight.
South African Airways Flight Refund policy
A flight compensation and a refund are two different things. Regulations allow you to receive both: a cancellation refund and compensation.
In case of a cancellation, an airline will try to re-book you on the similar flight, but if that becomes impossible, a cancellation refund will be a full cash refund. Generally, your claim would succeed, providing there were no extraordinary circumstances beyond airline control.
If South African Airways cancels your flight to extraordinary circumstances (such as Covid travel restrictions or a serious illness) and you were offered no replacement flight, you can obtain a ticket refund in full, since your flights booked were not available.
Types of ticket refunds: A full refund must be in cash or credit. Vouchers are allowed only if you specifically agree to it. We do not recommend accepting vouchers due to short expiry dates and potential restrictions on redemption.
Note: If South African Airways offers a replacement flight with approximately the same arrival time and you decide not to take it, there is a possibility of you losing the right to get both compensation and a ticket refund.
Rule of thumb: you can generally reject alternative flights and receive a refund in full, if a new replacement flight arrives 3+ hours later from your initial scheduled arrival time.
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South African Airways Flight Delay Compensation
While all airlines attempt to operate on time, sometimes delays happen. EU regulation 261 (EU 261) protects passengers in cases of flight delays.
According to EC 261, if your flight arrives later than 3 hours at your final destination, you may be eligible to file a South African Airways delayed flight compensation claim form to receive up to €600 as a flight refund.
Exclusions: South African Airways delayed flight compensation will not be enforceable in case of extraordinary circumstances. If the flight departure time is delayed because of bad weather or any airport related disruption, that is considered an extraordinary circumstance. Technical problems, airline staff strike, or operational problems are not valid reasons for rejected compensation claims.
Tip: accepting vouchers or signing release paperwork will result in losing the right to compensation.
Learn more about passenger rights to South African Airways delay compensation and how to demand South African Airways claim compensation.
What is the Time Limit for Compensation Claims?
You have up to six years to contact South African Airways and collect your compensation and ticket refunds.
How to Claim Compensation for a delayed flight South African Airways?
We advise you to use our free flight delay compensation calculator for further information. It takes only a couple of minutes to input basic information about your flight. Our calculator will inform you if you are eligible for compensation and exactly how much.
EU 261 Compensation Claim: How Much Can You Get?
Distance Compensation: All flights under 1,500 km Up to €250 per person
South African Airways Internal flights over 1,500 km Up to €400 per person
Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 - 3,500 km Up to €400 per person
South African Airways international flights over 3,500 km Up to €600 per person
Table shows values in € as specified in EC 261. To get calculate how much compensation is owed to you, please use our free compensation check.
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Common questions: Compensation Claims and Refunds
Can you get a South African Airways Refund?
Yes, absolutely. If South African Airways cancelled your booked flight without a good reason, your refund claim should be valid. Find our how much you're entitled to in South African Airways delay compensation with our free calculator. Have your booking reference number handy as your fill out our customer verification form.
What to do if the South African Airways refunds form is not working?
When that happens, our team at AirAdvisor can assist. Our external legal partners ensure your claim is successful. We've made applying for compensation easy and it only takes 3 minutes.
How to get a refund or compensation from South African Airways?
According to South African Airways terms and conditions, passenger should submit a refund application form or compensation claim form on the South African Airways official website, not on a third party website. Use the same email used for booking your ticket, so your claim can be identified. You should receive a reference number, typically within 40-60 days. If the airline delays in responding or denies your claim, please submit a flight claim with us and our team will help enforce your complaint. There is no risk and no upfront charges when you submit your claim through us.
What to do when your South African Airways flight is cancelled?
Confirm the reason for a flight cancellation with the airline ticket desk. Also, collect receipts for any additional expenses for reimbursement later. Ask the airline to provide food and refreshments for a delay of 3 hours or more. If your replacement flight is departing the next day, the airline must provide hotel accommodation and transportation. Finally, use our free online compensation calculator to check if you are eligible for compensation and submit a South African Airways refund for cancellation.
What if I cancel my South African Airways flight? Can I get a refund?
If South African Airways cancels the flight, they must refund the price of ticket to passengers. But if you decide to voluntarily cancel your scheduled flight, you are not entitled to a refund. South African Airways cancellation policy is restrictive, unless you have a flexible fare, which allows you to reschedule your flight to a later date with minimal cost.
Note: regardless of ticket type, passengers have the right to request a refund amount for airport taxes and fees as part of a cancellation refund.
Do I also get my money back for a cancellation due to Covid-19?
If South African Airways cancelled a flight due to Covid-19, passengers are entitled to a reimbursement as part of flight cancellation rights. If South African Airways attempts to reimburse your cancelled flight with a voucher, we do not recommend taking it. Instead, apply for a refund. If your refund claim is rejected, AirAdvisor can help enforce your claim through our external lawyers.
South African Airways flight is delayed 5 hours or more: can I cancel a flight and get a refund?
Yes, in such case you can cancel your flight and South African Airways has to refund you directly or offer you alternative transportation to your destination.
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