How I Got Paid $516 to Fly Halfway Across The World
I wanted to talk about how I got paid $516 to fly from Europe to Asia. I know you’re thinking that this sounds like bullshit, so I will explain in detail how I got paid to fly halfway across the world.
So basically, to get to Asia this summer I was flying from Vienna, Austria and going through Helsinki, Finland onto Singapore.
I purchased this flight with 100% Chase UR points and zero fees! I had like a six-hour layover in Helsinki which was already pretty shitty. Then things got a lot worse!
The flight to Singapore was supposed to leave at midnight. That flight got cancelled, and was moved until 8 o’clock the next morning.
They gave all passengers a hotel room and a voucher for a free breakfast at the hotel.
By the time, I got to the hotel and checked in with a few hundred other angry people, it’s like 3:30 in the morning, and we have a bus picking us to return to the airport at 6:00 a.m. sharp. FML.
When we arrived at the airport the next morning, the flight was delayed a few more hours. All Fin Air gave us was a free breakfast voucher, meh.
Since I have Priority Pass & Helsinki has an award-winning lounge called Almost Home, I did that instead. It’s one of the coolest lounges in the world.
After all this bullshit & being a travel hacker, I wanted to see what kind of perk I could get out of this situation if I pushed it. I found this website called www.airhelp.com.
The free tool can basically scan your old emails and find your past flights and see if any of them were delayed.
If the flight was delayed long enough, they will fight your case with the airline and give you cash for your trouble! I believe the minimum requirement for a claim is a delay of only three hours.
You might have some money sitting in your inbox right now that you don’t even know about.
If you don’t want Air Help scanning your emails you can just enter the flight info manually.
After I submitted my flight details, Air Help wrote me back within a few hours and said “we think we’ve got a really good case here. These are the exact type of situations we built our business around and we think we can compensate you for the flight delay. Let’s continue with the claim. Please give us a few weeks to get this in line. “
I filled out some forms and purposely did not tell them I bought the flight with points. I’m not sure if it would have changed the outcome or not but I didn’t want to find out. A month or so from my initial claim I received an email announcing that we won the case & asking me to provide direct deposit details.
Fuck yeah. We won the case! Wahoo. The estimated purchase price of the flight was $700. Since I redeemed Chase Points I didn’t pay anything upfront this was all profit. Air Help took $155 in fees or so and I ended up getting paid $516.
My winning money was wired into my account within a few days, fee free. In total the process took about 6 weeks. Air Help has great customer service. Everyone should check them out.
They only charge you if they win your case. If you have no potential cases possible then the service is totally free. You never enter any credit card info. Just let the tool scan all your emails and see if you have any money sitting in there. What do you have to lose?
They also built this really cool map that will show you all the you have flown too with some cool stats about your travel. Whoah, 92 flights & 22 countries? I guess I fly a lot. Funny thing is they missed a few flights & countries.
If you want to see a walkthrough of the Tool check out the video at the 3:15 mark.
What are you waiting for, go see if you have some money in your inbox: www.airhelp.com. Sometimes travel hacking really does pay!
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