If your airline downgrades you to a lower class than you paid for then EU law entitles you to receive some of your fare back
Sometimes, airlines may downgrade the class some passengers are flying in due to a lack of available seats. For instance, this might mean you are forced to sit in Business Class, despite paying for a First Class seat.
Under EU law, you have certain rights if you are downgraded. To be covered by these rules, your flight must be either:
(Under this law, EU airports also include those in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
If you are downgraded, your airline must reimburse you within seven days. The amount you receive is calculated as a percentage of what you paid for your ticket, and depends on the length of your flight:
It is likely you will only receive a refund for the portion of your journey that was downgraded.
For instance, if you booked a return ticket for £1,000, but were only downgraded on the return leg, your reimbursement may be calculated as a percentage of £500.
Learn what to do if your airline fails to reimburse you within seven days of you being downgraded.