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Turkish Airlines Denied Boarding Compensation

Turkish Airlines overbooking compensation / denied boarding compensation.

How much is flight overbooking compensation? Rules? How to get it?

Sometimes airlines sell more tickets than there are seats. And Turkish Airlines is not an exception. Because usually there is someone, who decides not to fly, and this is how airlines can earn some more money. But there are also times, when everyone comes, and then someone has to be denied boarding. Whenever that happens on a flight from Europe, Turkish Airlines is obliged to pay EU denied boarding compensation.

There are two ways you can claim this compensation.

1. Turkish Airlines Overbooking Compensation: EU Denied Boarding Regulations

Have you been denied boarding by Turkish Airlines? 

What’s happening next? What are your rights in case of boarding denial? In short — if it’s due to overbooking, you have a right to compensation from Turkish Airlines. As simple as that. It applies to all Turkish Airlines flights departing from Europe, and to all passengers on these flights.

If you’re flying with Turkish Airlines, and you are denied boarding due to overbooking — you will be entitled to flight overbooking compensation (EU denied boarding compensation) up to €600 every single time. There are no exceptions.

This only applies to overbookings.

You won’t be entitled to compensation if you are denied boarding due to visa issues, problems with travel documents or if you voluntarily give up your seat.

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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 Voluntary Denied Boarding

What is voluntary denied boarding?

As the name suggests, this is when you voluntarily agree to give up your seat. Whenever there is an overbooking, airline staff looks for volunteers ready to travel on a later flight. If you agree to something like this, it’s called voluntary boarding denial.

Usually airlines offer some perks to volunteers.

But that’s it, in this case, you aren’t entitled to denied boarding compensation from Turkish Airlines. It’s important to understand this. You don’t have to agree to an offer like this.

1.2 Involuntary Denied Boarding

There are situations when you don’t have a choice.

You may have a confirmed flight ticket. You may not agree to give up your seat. But you still may be denied boarding. Simply because someone has to be denied boarding. Things like this happen, and this is what’s called involuntarily denied boarding. In this case you have a right to denied boarding compensation from Turkish Airlines.

What happens in case of involuntary denied boarding?

  • The airline must provide you with a new flight or give you a full refund;
  • In addition to that, you are entitled to receive care from the airline*;
  • You are entitled to compensation up to €600 per passenger. 

With Turkish Airlines all of this apply to flights departing from Europe.

* Turkish Airlines must offer you free meals and drinks in a reasonable relation to the waiting time, two free phone calls, e-mails or faxes. If you have to wait overnight, Turkish Airlines must provide you with free accommodation and free transfer from and to the airport.

1.3 Right to Care

All passengers travelling with Turkish Airlines have a right to care.

If you are travelling from Europe, and you have to wait at the airport (3+ hours more than planned), you have a right to care from Turkish Airlines. In case of Turkish Airlines, the EU/UK Flight Compensation Regulations apply to its flights from the European Union and the UK. It includes also flight disruptions caused by extraordinary circumstances.

What does it mean for you as a passenger?

Turkish Airlines must offer you free meals and drinks in a reasonable relation to the waiting time, two free phone calls, e-mails or faxes. If the new flight offered by the airline leaves only on the next day, and you aren’t in your home city, the airline has to offer you free hotel accommodation and free airport transfer. Agreeing to these free services doesn’t affect your chances of getting compensation.

Contact the airline if you haven’t been offered anything.

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2. How to Claim Turkish Airlines Flight Compensation? How to Claim Flight Overbooking Compensation?

You can claim compensation yourself.

The other option is to work with professionals.

Claiming Turkish Airlines overbooking compensation yourself. Call Turkish Airlines or contact the airline using their website, and request compensation for denied boarding. Turkish Airlines has to pay for this inconvenience. Refer to the above-mentioned regulations. Keep in mind that it may take months until you get the money in your bank account.

You can also take the easiest path — legal representation.

Register your Turkish Airlines compensation claim with our partners.

Just fill in the form linked on this website, and our partners will get back to you.

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.

Read more: Turkish Airlines Missed Connection Compensation

2.1 How Long Does It Take?

It depends on a number of factors.

Like the time of the year and country you are flying from. 

For example, during the holidays it usually takes longer than normally. However, on average the process is around 2 to 3 months. That’s from the moment you make a claim until your denied boarding compensation is transferred to your bank account. Like with everything, there are also situations when it takes significantly longer. For example, if the case has to be taken to court.

Overall, it’s not a very difficult, but a rather lengthy process.

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3. How Much Can You Claim?

In the EU and the UK compensation amounts are fixed.

In most situations they range from €250 to €600.

Here is how you can calculate Turkish Airlines denied boarding 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

This is also the amount you should be demanding, if claiming flight overbooking compensation yourself. Every passenger has a right to equal compensation. Turkish Airlinesmay offer you smaller compensation at some point. Many airlines do this. You don’t have to agree to that. The compensation amounts are regulated by law.

There’s one exception. When the flight distance is 3500+ kilometres and you reach your destination 3 to 4 hours later than planned, you are entitled only to 50% of the compensation amount (that means €300, not €600).

3.1 Turkish Airlines Voucher Code, Discounts or Cash?

According to the law, compensations have to be paid in cash.

Not in coupons or discount codes, but in cash. Or bank transfer. If the airline is offering you its coupons, know that you can say no. Say no to Turkish Airlines vouchers, if all you want is a money transfer to your bank account. You have such a right in Europe.

And again, this applies only to Turkish Airlines flights from Europe.

Turkish Airlines Denied Boarding Compensation: FAQ

My flight was very cheap. It was a holiday sale. Can I still get full flight delay compensation?

Yes, absolutely — you can.

That’s because the amount of the compensation is fixed. Hence the price of the ticket doesn’t matter. Even if your flight was only 20 or 30 euro, you can still get up to 600 euro from the airline. Remember — you are paid for the inconvenience.

What if I don’t have travel insurance?

For this compensation you don’t need an insurance.

All thanks to the Regulation EC 261/2004 (and Regulation UK261). That is also one of the reasons why these laws have been created — to protect all air travellers equally. If your flight is 3+ hours late at the destination, you may have a right to flight delay compensation from Turkish Airlines.

You don’t need travel insurance for this.

Can my child get compensation from Turkish Airlines?

Yes, 100%.

The age doesn’t matter, same like the price of the ticket and insurance. If the flight is late, all passengers have equal rights to care from the airline and compensation for delay. The same rules apply also to infants without a dedicated seat.

As of 2020 rules are the same also in the UK.

Can I claim compensation for someone else? How it works?

Yes, you can.

Even if you weren’t on that flight yourself.

There is only one but. But you have to have a boarding pass and passport or ID copy. And the person you are claiming for will still have to sign the claim. Apart from that, yes, you can file a claim for delayed flight for another person.

How far back can I claim compensation? What about 2-3 year old flights?

It depends on the laws of the country.

Mostly 2-3 year old flights will be okay. You should definitely try to make a claim and / or let the professionals check the flight. But, of course, the sooner you make a claim, the better.

What to do if Turkish Airlines is refusing to pay compensation?

Turkish Airlines is refusing to pay compensation.

There are two best options, how you can proceed. You can hand over the case to a flight compensation company, for them to continue the negotiations with the airline. 

Or, you can contact the national enforcement body of the country your flight was from. There are national enforcement bodies in all the EU Member states.

Problems With Visa or Passport

I was denied boarding due to problems with visa / passport. Will I receive compensation for that?

No, because this isn’t airline’s fault.

It’s your fault. You made a mistake, not airline.

You won’t get compensation from Turkish Airlines.

EU – Non-EU Flights, Tourists From Abroad

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

If you’re flying with Turkish Airlines then no, you can’t.

But remember this — here we are speaking only about European flight compensation regulations (Regulation 261/2004 and UK261). Some other regulations may apply to your flight, and you may have a right to compensation. When it comes to European laws, with Turkish Airlines, you are protected only on flights departing from Europe. 

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

Yes, you can. 

The same applies to all Turkish Airlines flights from the UK.

I am not a European citizen. Can I get compensation?


The UK Regulation UK261 and Regulation 261/2004 protect all passengers. In this case your nationality doesn’t matter. Everyone has the same rights.

Other Situations

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

Yes, if the flight departed from the EU / UK. 

Because in this case, you are entitled to both right to care and a new flight to your destination. You can receive all of this — that’s the rules in Europe. 

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

Did you arrive late? Was it at least 3 hours later than planned?

If the answer is yes to both, you might be entitled to flight delay compensation from Turkish Airlines. As long as the flight was from Europe and it was delayed due to airline’s fault.

What is your experience? Have you ever received Turkish Airlines overbooking compensation? Do you still have questions about Turkish Airlines denied boarding compensation claim procedures and policies? Ask in the comments.

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