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  • Writer's pictureDiann Schindler, Ph.D.

Ever experience a delayed or canceled flight and wondered about compensation? Ah, AirHelp to the re

We've all experienced delayed or canceled flights, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You may be entitled to as much as $700 in compensation if your flight was delayed, canceled or overbooked within the last three years.

AirHelp -- which has five full-time lawyers on its staff -- helps you determine what you are entitled to when your travel plans are disrupted.

How it works:

-Go to AirHelp and you will see on the homepage “claim compensation for your flight delay or cancellation.” Then in type, in the fields provided, where you departed from and your final destination, click on “submit.” AirHelp will immediately run a check to see if the airline owes you money.

-AirHelp Manages your claim.

-AirHelp sends you a check, less 25% for their work.

According to AirHelp, 26.5 million travelers are entitled to monetary compensation each year -- and less than 2% actually file claims.

"The problem is trying to figure out what your rights are," said co-founder Nicolas Michaelsen.

They resolve most claims within six to eight weeks (unless further legal action is needed). "We'll follow through and take the airline to court," said Michaelsen. "We've done that a lot of times."

So far, they've been mostly successful: 90% of their 50,000 users have received money back -- with an average payout of $600 before AirHelp takes its 25% share.

Yes, AirHelp takes 25 percent. If you want to avoid the hassle, go with

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