What to Do If You’ve Been Affected by the Alitalia Strike

May 21, 2019

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Italian flag carrier Alitalia has canceled more than 300 flights Tuesday due to employee strikes. The strikes have disrupted the travel plans of thousands of passengers and resulted in flight cancellations into Wednesday.

Alitalia ground staff strikes have interfered with other carriers like British Airways and EasyJet, who have also scrapped a number of flights into Italy.

Labor strikes are a common occurrence in Europe, so if you’ve been affected by this most recent round of strikes, how can you make the best out of a bad situation?

You can find the list of canceled Alitalia flights here and passengers can choose to rebook their flights at no extra cost or claim a full refund, if their flight is canceled or delayed more than five hours, TPG UK reports.

But what about being protected under European Regulation 261/2004 that forces airlines to provide compensation for lengthy delays or cancellations? In our story from last year, Are You Entitled to Compensation If Your Flight Is Canceled Due to a Strike, we reported that only certain types of strikes are covered under EU 261. Specifically, airlines are required to compensate for wildcat strikes, or strikes not initiated by a union. However, this strike was initiated by Alitalia’s workers’ unions, so it will likely not be eligible for compensation. That being said, the airline still has to reimburse you for incidentals and lodging.

So while this strike is likely not covered under EU 261, you can still use a service like AirHelp, which fights for compensation on behalf of passengers.

There’s still hope though, if you’d paid for your flight with a credit card that offers trip delay or cancellation insurance, you may be protected. Cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Citi Prestige all offer great trip cancellation and interruption protection. And if you’ve purchased independent trip insurance, you can check with your policy provider to see if your plan covers strikes.

If you’re in the midst of being affected, it’s important to pay for expenses with a credit card that has insurance and document all your costs along the way.

Featured photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

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