Have you ever experienced a proper plane delay? Like with the hotel, breakfast and dinner? It’s almost like a small music festival. I mean that it’s a bunch of faces you get familiar with over the cues, late night hotel check-ins, breakfasts, dinners and so on. I admit, a delayed plane is missing that extra music connection but that is balanced with the holiday mood a little so everyone’s excited. Another difference is the fact that if there’s a delay at the music festival, you just wait but in case of a long plane delay, you should get compensated.
To a certain extent, the long wait does qualify to be a collective experience. And this is when the music festival comparison is at its full potential because music is a form of art that people experience together, as opposed to viewing paintings in galleries or reading a book that you do and experience alone in your head. It might come with larger space for imagination but getting excited together has an extra kick though. We’re all in it together kinda thing. It makes the delay somehow an interesting social/human experience, it does.
Another difference between the music festival and a delayed plane is there should be compensation for the delay of your plane. The airline should inform you about your rights and options regarding any possible delay. Your EU passenger rights are here. In the EU, you should be entitled to receive various amounts of compensation, determined by the distance of the flight as well as the length of the delay. In general, it is:
- €250,- for flights less than 1500km
- €400,- for flights between 1500 and 3500km
- €600,- for flights more than 3500km
I got €600,- in cash, which I picked as an option instead of a generous €750,- worth of credit for Condor flights.
Good luck with the delays 😉
And here’s some practical information for a traveller in Latin America
- Budget: in case you were interested, here‘s an article listing the country-by-country basic expenses for a traveller in Latin America
- Safety: Few safety tips on how to secure your valuables, what to watch out for and more could be found here
- Transport: Information, safety and some other practical advice regarding public transport in Latin America can be found here
- ATM withdrawal charges: Some practical info, including the list of free-of-charge ATMs in Latin America, can be found here
- Border fees: To find out how much will you have to pay to enter or exit certain countries in Latin America, please click here
- Packing list: What to take with you for an extended trip as well as some security tips could be found here
- Pre-trip preparations: Few things you can do ahead of time before you’ll become frantically busy prior to your departure are listed here
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