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Vueling Strike Compensation

Vueling strike compensation in the EU.

Do you know your rights to compensation for Vueling flights affected by strikes?

It’s not always clear whether strikes count as extraordinary circumstances, but if the airline’s own staff goes on strike and disrupts your flight, you may be able to claim compensation and assistance. The amount of compensation depends on the distance of your flight. You can submit a claim directly to Vueling or seek help from a specialized company. Make sure to check the eligibility and rules for your flight and situation.

What Is an Airline Strike?

An airline strike is a work stoppage or labor dispute that involves employees of an airline who refuse to work as a form of protest or negotiation for better working conditions, wages, benefits, or other grievances. This can involve various groups of employees such as pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, ground crew, and other staff members.

Airline strikes can be initiated by the employees themselves or by their labor unions, which represent the collective interests of the employees. Strikes can occur in response to a variety of issues, such as contract negotiations, changes in working conditions, safety concerns, or disagreements with management.

During an airline strike, flights may be cancelled or delayed, as the airline may not be able to operate normally without the affected employees. This can cause significant inconvenience for passengers who are affected by the strike.

The impact of an airline strike can vary depending on the duration and scope of the strike.

1. Vueling Strike Compensation

If your flight is disrupted due to an airline staff strike, you are entitled to compensation.

If you want to claim Vueling strike compensation, you need to meet some basic requirements.


  • Your flight must have been delayed for at least 3 hours. The length of the delay is calculated at the moment passengers are allowed to leave the plane. If the delay is 3 or more hours beyond the scheduled arrival time, passengers may be entitled to flight delay compensation.
  • Your flight must have been cancelled with less than 14 days’ notice prior to the departure date. In this case, you may be entitled to Vueling flight cancellation compensation (not just a Vueling refund for cancellation). If your flight is cancelled less than 14 days before the flight, it is considered to be a last-minute cancellation.

These rules apply to Vueling flights cancelled or delayed due to airline staff strikes.

The compensation amount depends on the distance of the flight. To pursue a claim, you can contact Vueling directly or use a flight compensation service.

Are you worried about missing a connecting flight because of a delay or cancellation on your Vueling itinerary? Our guide to Vueling missed connection compensation can help you understand your options.

Essentially, if you experience a significant delay that causes you to miss your next flight, you may be entitled to compensation based on how much later you arrive at your final destination than originally planned. In addition, Vueling is obligated to provide you with a replacement flight free of charge to get you to your destination.

By Europe and EU here on this page (and on this website in general) we mean all EU Member States, the United Kingdom (UK), Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, Mayotte, Saint Martin (French Antilles), the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.

1.1 Extraordinary Circumstances

It’s important to note that airline staff strikes, along with technical issues and staffing shortages, are not considered extraordinary circumstances.

Despite this, airlines may still use this as an excuse for delays or cancellations, even if it is not valid. If you experience a flight delay or cancellation, it’s best to contact the airline directly for clarification.

Airlines may falsely claim that a delay or cancellation was due to extraordinary circumstances in order to avoid paying compensation. This allows them to shirk their responsibility. Therefore, it’s crucial to verify any information provided by the airline before accepting it. It’s highly recommended to double-check all details regarding flight compensation and refunds.

1.2 Right to Care

If you experience a delay or last-minute cancellation, you have the right to care, which includes certain complimentary services. For instance, if you are at the airport for over three hours due to a delay, you may qualify for a free meal and beverage. Furthermore, if the delay stretches past three hours during the nighttime, you could be eligible for free lodging and airport transfers.

Under the law, Vueling is obligated to provide food and drinks to passengers based on the duration of the delay. If you haven’t received any assistance, please speak to Vueling staff at the airport.

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2. How to Claim Vueling Strike Compensation?

Looking to claim compensation for a Vueling staff strike?

There are two options available to you.

  • Firstly, you can try to claim Vueling strike compensation yourself by contacting the airline directly through their website and requesting compensation from them. However, this process may take a few months and involve negotiations to reach a satisfactory outcome.
  • Alternatively, you can opt for legal representation to handle the process on your behalf and avoid any unnecessary trouble. Many companies in Europe specialize in compensation for flight-related issues and can assist you in filling out the compensation claim form. Our partners offer such services. See details below.

When choosing this option, here is all you will have to do:

Go to
this page

Fill in a claim form

Upload documents*

Sign online

And that’s it — the rest is handled by professionals.

* Your boarding pass and passport or ID copy.

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2.1 How Long Does It Take?

It takes at least 2-3 months.

However, it’s worth noting that in recent times, there have been instances where the process has taken longer, especially if you file a claim on your own and the airline chooses to ignore it.

Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a fast process, so you shouldn’t be surprised if it takes some time.

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3. How Much Can You Claim?

The compensation amounts are fixed and range from €250 to €600.

These amounts are regulated by the EU regulations.

Here is how you can calculate the amount of your Vueling compensation:

When your destination is within the EU/UK:


If the distance of your flight is
up to 1,500 km


If the distance of your flight is between 1,500 – 3,500 km

When your destination is outside the EU/UK:


If the distance of your flight is
up to 1,500 km


If the distance of your flight is between 1,500 – 3,500 km


If the distance of your flight is more than 3,500 km

3.1 Vueling Voucher Refund or Cash?

Many airlines offer vouchers instead of compensation.

Are you wondering whether to accept a Vueling voucher refund or request cash instead?

It is common practice for airlines to offer vouchers as it is cheaper for them than providing cash refunds and compensation. However, it’s important to know that you have the right to decline the voucher and request a cash or bank transfer refund instead. This is because airline compensation and refunds should be given in cash or bank transfer according to EU law. Therefore, it’s essential to always ask for it to be provided this way.

Vueling Strike Compensation: FAQ

My flight was cheap/discounted. Can I get compensation?

Yes, as long as your Vueling flight is eligible to compensation.

Because the price of the ticket doesn’t matter. The cheap price of your ticket won’t lover your chances of getting compensation, nor it will affect the compensation amount. 

Do I need travel insurance in order to claim compensation?

No, you don’t. 

According to Regulation EC 261/2004, you can claim compensation even if you don’t have insurance.

Can my child/baby get compensation from Vueling?


Kids and babies can get compensation, too. Even infants traveling with a special infant ticket can get compensation from the airline. 

If your flight is eligible to compensation, both you and your child will get compensation. 

Can I claim compensation for my friend or family member?

Yes, you can.

Even if you weren’t on that flight yourself.

Just ask your friend or family member to provide you with a copy of their passport and boarding pass. Also they might need to sign a couple of documents.

How far back can I claim compensation?

It depends on the laws of the country.

In most cases, in Europe, you can claim compensation even for flights that were 2-3 years ago. However, for the best results, we would recommend you to make a claim as soon as possible.

What to do if Vueling is refusing to pay compensation?

Vueling is refusing to pay compensation even though you are entitled to it. 

What to do in such a situation? The best way is to hand over your case to a flight compensation company. They will continue the negotiations with the airline, and claim compensation on your behalf. 

Alternatively, you may contact the respective national enforcement body and ask them to help solve your case. There are national enforcement bodies in all the EU Member states.

EU – Non-EU Flights, Tourists

I’m flying to the EU from a country outside the EU. Can I get compensation?

If it’s a Vueling flight, you could.

As long as your Vueling flight is eligible to compensation.

You are protected on all Vueling flights. 

I’m flying from the EU to a country outside the EU. Can I get compensation?

If it’s a Vueling, then yes. 

I am not a European. Can I get compensation?


Thanks to the Regulation 261/2004, all passengers in the EU are protected against flight disruptions. It doesn’t matter what is the passenger’s nationality. 

Other Situations

Vueling provided me with a free hotel room and a free flight to my destination. Can I still get compensated for the delay?


In Europe, passengers have a right to receive care + new ticket from the airline no matter the reason for disruption. And if you’re eligible for compensation, it doesn’t affect your chances of receiving compensation. Nor does it affect the compensation amount.

Vueling took me to my destination. Can I still get compensation?


If you’re eligible for compensation, it doesn’t affect your chances of receiving compensation. Nor does it affect the compensation amount.

Have you ever had an experience with Vueling strike compensation or refund? Did Vueling pay the compensation in timely manner? Do you still have questions about Vueling compensation policies? Ask in the comments.