One of my cousin had to travel to Asia because of some emergency situation. I paid a huge price for the earliest available flight, but the airline (United) dropped him at the destination 12 hours late. When asked, they were compensating him with 200$ of airline credit. As I said it was an emergency and he had a huge bump because of that. Is that all he can get from airlines as compensation?
Technically no compensation is due - there are no US or India regulations that require airlines to provide compensation in cases like this. If the flight passed through Europe then there are some regulations that may have been relevant, but presuming it was United Airlines all the way then it would not have been via Europe.
United Airlines typically does compensate for extended delays, in the form that you've stated - either a credit for future travel, or a number of miles. The exact value will depend on his status with United.
Tere is a compensation on all flights from or to EU. Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 – Article 5 – Compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of cancellation of flights – Exemption from the obligation to pay compensation – Cancellation due to extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union Technical problems cannot constitute ‘extraordinary circumstances’ under Article 5(3) of Regulation No 261/2004. This reference for a final ruling related to the interpretation of Article 5(3) of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 in the national proceeding between Mrs Wallentin-Hermann and Alitalia – Linee Aree Italiane SpA (‘Alitalia’) due to the refusal to pay compensation to the applicant (Wallentin-Hermann case - C‑549/07 ). Pursuant to that regulation passengers concerned shall, in the case of cancellation of a flight, have the right to compensation by the operating air carrier, unless the cancellation is caused by extraordinary circumstances. The case is C-549/07 Friederike Wallentin-Hermann v Alitalia.
There is also a compensation on US airlines.
International flight departing from the U.S.:
You’ll receive 200% of the one-way fare, up to $650 if you arrive one to four hours after your scheduled arrival time; if you arrive more than four hours later than your scheduled arrival time you’re entitled to 400% of the one-way fare, up to $1300.
united airlines and he was travelling to india. ?
People from india should never fly on US Airlines, tyey should fly India Air!