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The festive season is in full swing in the UK, with millions heading abroad for the May semester or to soak up the summer sunshine. While most travelers will make the trip without a problem, some unhappy holidaymakers will face cancellations at the airport – so what can you do if this happens to you? Here’s how to claim compensation for a canceled flight to make sure you don’t get left behind this summer.

Flight cancellations have affected hundreds of passengers traveling with some of the UK’s major airlines this week, including Tui and easyjet.

Disrupted travel plans not only disappointed customers, but also wondered how they could get their money back quickly, to compensate for cancellations.

Martin Lewis, founder of has revealed that customers of British Airways, easyjet, Ryanair and others who have recently had or will face cancellations could be entitled to claim hundreds in compensation, but what is the best way to do it?

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How can you get your money back?

In most cases, getting your money back will not be an automatic process.

That means you’ll need to proactively request reimbursement for the disruption, according to Martin Lewis, founder of

He said: ‘First of all, for anyone whose flight is cancelled, it will be very easy for you to get the flight home or an alternative flight.

“But they won’t tell you about the cancellation and the fact that you are entitled to compensation as a result.”

You’ll need to contact the operating air carrier yourself, so keep your booking documents and relevant contact information handy and you should be able to get your money back in about a week.

Even if your flight was not canceled, delays of more than five hours also warrant a full refund.

If it’s less than five hours, you may also be able to get compensation, according to Martin Lewis.

In fact, experts have revealed you could get £220 pp on shorter journeys and £520 on longer distances by making a claim.

To claim compensation, the same criteria apply as for a canceled flight.

This means that your flight must have departed from a UK airport, arrived at a UK airport and traveled with a UK or EU airline or arrived in the EU and traveled with a UK airline.