Flight Delay – Could You Claim Compensation?

This Autumn has proven to be a miserable time for travelers. Thousands of flights that have been booked and paid for have been cancelled in the Ryanair fiasco, with holidays ruined and families left disappointed. Whether Ryanair’s issues have been caused by pilots leaving to work for a rival company, working their alloted flying hours already or by pilots taking holidays, the truth is that it is their customers who have been treated shoddily and had holidays that had been worked hard for destroyed by a companies ineptness.

Flight delays and cancellations are the scourge of modern day holidays. I have been lucky that the longest delay I have yet to encounter has only been for a few hours, but when you have tired children in tow, very little money left after your hols and overflowing airports where finding a seat would be a luxury, even this can be a nightmare. Many people don’t realise that if your flight is delayed by three hours or more, you can be entitled to compensation that can range from £250 – £600 per person. As long as you have a valid reservation for the flight and arrived at the departure airport in time for check-in, then the fault is not yours and you could have a valid claim.

If you think you could be entitled to compensation, whether it be for a flight that has been delayed, diverted, cancelled, or even overbooked, then you could find out more with Flight Delay Claims 4U. They have a wealth of experience in winning compensation for air travelers, and operate a no win, no fee claim system, and have a 98% success rate in court.

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Finding out if you have the right to claim is very simple, you just need to fill in a few key details including flight date and departure number, along with some contact details, and then a representative will get back to you.

Remember, the law sets out to provide guidelines for EU flight delay compensation. A passenger is entitled to make a claim for compensation if the flight is delayed by 3 hours or more, unless it is due to ‘extraordinary circumstances’. So don’t accept shoddy service – you have paid for it, after all.

 

Winter Safety on Two Wheels

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This week we have been plunged into some seriously wintry weather, with some parts of the country having the first snow of the Winter, and temperatures making it feel decidedly bleak and cheerless. Mornings are now frosty, and this is all leading to our already busy roads turning treacherous, as the surfaces become slippy and the stopping distances increase. For those using the roads extra vigilance is needed, and non so more so than those who are traveling on two wheels, the cyclists and the motorcyclists.

Even though they only account for 1% of road users, motorcyclists account for 21% of all road deaths, with high numbers also suffering from personal injury. Cyclists are 17x more likely to be killed in a road accident than someone traveling by car. Winter makes using these forms of transport even more dangerous, as poor visibility, slippy road surfaces and inclement weather all leading to a rise in accidents. Unfortunately I have personal knowledge of this fact. A close family friend was very recently involved in an hit and run accident when riding his bike. He has suffered two broken legs and other injuries, with his bike completely destroyed in an accident that could so easily have cost him his life. The driver has, luckily, been apprehended thanks to the vigilance of other drivers on the road that day. They witnessed the accident and followed the driver, phoning the police who were able to arrest the driver. But the road to recovery is a long and slow one for my friend, and this story is all too common, happening every single day on Britain’s roads.

With Road Safety week due to take place week commencing 21st November, now seems an apt time to share a very useful infographic put together by Jefferies Solicitors, which gives all sorts of useful hints and tips on how you can keep yourself safe and sound if you are riding a motorbike or cycle this Winter. Looking at areas such as lights, maintenance and protective clothing, the infographic offers sound advice that may just save a life this Winter.

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‘Catch the Bus Week’ with Stagecoach Buses

July 4th to the 10th has been designated has this years ‘catch the bus week’. This is a national initiative which wants to encourage people who don’t normally catch the bus to try it out.  There are proven benefits to using the bus for travel and commuting, not least the fact that by using public transport we are easing congestion on our roads and opting for a greener alternative. Plus, with companies offering tickets like the Megarider, which can offer unlimited travel, bus fares are cheaper and better value for money than ever.

The national bus operator Stagecoach, the company who offer the Megarider, and who are involved  in this year’s bus week, have been looking at the facts and figures for how long we spend using buses. Did you know, for instance,that, on average, we spend six hours per week commuting ? They asked the question – what you could do with an extra 6 hours per week?

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In those six hours, Stagecoach have worked out the average commuter could do …

1. 12 Facetimes catch ups with friends and family using the free Wifi onboard.

2. In one year of commuting by bus, you could read about 52 books!

3. Bus commuters could learn French onboard in just half a year!

4. Bus commuters could watch every episode of Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Breaking Bad in a year!

5. You could knit 28 scarves a year!

6. Enough time to read 8,550 newspaper articles

7. A third of bus commuters listen to other people’s conversations!

I love a long bus journey, I tend to catch up with friends by phone or text, jot down notes for blogposts, or just lose myself in a good book. Joe also loves the bus, especially the chance to sit upstairs in the seat in the front window. Bus travel appeals to his general nosy jean, as he will people watch or just look out of the window, asking questions about where he is.

Using the bus is a great way of getting out and about. Stagecoach cover a whole lot of areas and could be a good way of enjoying day trips in the upcoming school holidays. You can check out a map which shows their destinations and find more details of the areas covered here.

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Stagecoach are also running a social media competition, asking people to upload a picture which shows ‘how they spend their time onboard’. The best picture will win £100 amazon vouchers.  You can enter on the Facebook page here.