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Cancelled Flight Compensation

 

Cancelled Flight Compensation Scam: How It Works

If you happen to be a tourist traveling during or right after a disaster (coronavirus crisis, tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, or even a terrorist attack) you might face the unfortunate experience of having all possible flights cancelled. It is the case again this week, as the heartbreaking COVID-19 pandemic wrapped the whole world. There are already tons of coronavirus scams out there, but the typical Cancelled Flight Compensation trick works like this: 

As you are at home, airport, hotel, or anywhere else waiting for any kind of news in regards to your flight update, somebody approaches you saying she is from the Civil Aviation Authority or some other similar organization. The approach could be via email, text message (you do get text message notifications from the airlines, right?) or even face to face. Respectful and sympathetic with your situation, the scammer gets straight to the point.

 

american airlines customer service

 

After double-checking if you have a ticket, she will tell you that because all the flights were cancelled, every passenger is entitled to compensation. The scammer mentions you'll receive the amount expected, depending on your initial flight purchase, plus a compensation ranging from $400-$1,200. She will ask you to provide all the details so they can wire you the money (bank account, personal info, etc).

Happy to receive not just the initial refund but a chunk of extra money, too, victims offer scammers all their details, giving away the identity theft protection. Beware!

 

Cancelled Flight Compensation Scam: How to Avoid

When flights are cancelled, nobody is in a hurry to offer you compensation – most likely you have to follow up yourself. Don't for one moment expect anyone to run after you offering cash just like that. Make sure you check online first with the airline's customer service team for their announcements.

Here is a list with all the official pages of all the major airlines' customer service contact.

 

List With Customer Service Contacts At All Major Airlines

 

  • Aegean Customer Service HERE
  • Air Lingus Customer Service HERE
  • Aeroflot Customer Service HERE
  • Aeromexico Customer Service HERE
  • Air Canada Customer Service HERE
  • Air China Customer Service HERE
  • Air France Customer Service HERE
  • Air India Customer Service HERE
  • Air New Zealand Customer Service HERE
  • Air Transat Customer Service HERE
  • AirAsia Customer Service HERE
  • Alaska Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Alitalia Customer Service HERE
  • American Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Avianca Customer Service HERE
  • Azul Customer Service HERE
  • Bangkok Airways Customer Service HERE
  • British Airways Customer Service HERE
  • Cathway Pacific Customer Service HERE
  • China Eastern Customer Service HERE
  • Copa Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • easyJet Customer Service HERE
  • Emirates Customer Service HERE
  • Etihad Customer Service HERE
  • Finnair Customer Service HERE
  • Frontier Customer Service HERE
  • Hong Kong Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Iberia Customer Service HERE
  • Icelandair Customer Service HERE
  • InterJet Customer Service HERE
  • Japan Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • JetBlue Customer Service HERE
  • Kenya Airways Customer Service HERE
  • KLM Customer Service HERE
  • Korean Air Customer Service HERE
  • LOT Polish Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Malaysia Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Norwegian Air UK Customer Service HERE
  • Oman Air Customer Service HERE
  • Philippine Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Qantas Customer Service HERE
  • Qatar Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Ryanair Customer Service HERE
  • Singapore Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Southwest Customer Service HERE
  • Sunwing Customer Service HERE
  • SWISS Customer Service HERE
  • Swoop Customer Service HERE
  • TAP Portugal Customer Service HERE
  • TAROM Customer Service HERE
  • TUIfly Customer Service HERE
  • Turkish Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • Ukraine International Customer Service HERE
  • United Customer Service HERE
  • Virgin Atlantic Customer Service HERE
  • Virgin Australia Customer Service HERE
  • Volaris Customer Service HERE
  • Vueling Airlines Customer Service HERE
  • WestJet Customer Service HERE
  • Wizzair Customer Service HERE

 

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Cancelled Flight Compensation: How to Report

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Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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