Have you been abused by British Airways?

Modern air travel is stressful enough without the abuse that some airlines inflict on passengers. If you are a legitimate victim of airline abuse and reasonable attempts at redress have been ignored or refused by the airline, I encourage you to submit a complaint via the CEDR to send a clear message to the airline that this behaviour will not be tolerated. The process is free if you are successful or £25 if you are unsuccessful. Please let me know about your success stories!

Legal Advice

If you need legal help, I haven't used Bott & Co Solicitors personally but they have some good advice on their website about claiming compensation from airlines and have a no-win no-fee no-risk guarantee.

British Airways Second Worst in Europe for Lost Luggage

British Airways has one of the worst track records When it comes to losing luggage. According to an article in the Independent from February 2008, "British Airways lost more baggage per flight last year than almost any other airline in Europe."

Figures for 2007 released by the Air Transport Users Council show that British Airways delayed 26.5 bags per 1,000 compared to a European-wide average of 16.6 bags. The only airline in Europe with a worse track record was TAP Air Portugal (27.8 delayed bags per 1,000).

The article further states that British Airways record is getting worse with an additional 3.5 bags lost per 1,000 in 2007 compared to the previous year.

What Happens to my lost luggage?

Would you believe that in London they auction it? The Evening Standard has reported that bags lost at Heathrow and not reunited with their owners within three months (or sometimes less) are auctioned off! Apparently, electronic equipment is removed from the bags and sold separately. So maybe you can try some auction houses in London for your missing bags and electronic equipment!

If you are in the US, you might like to try the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro in Alabama who, according to their web site, "buy unclaimed baggage and cargo by the truckload" including jewelry, clothing and electronic goods.

I am starting to wonder how much money the airlines are making from unclaimed baggage and if this has anything to do with why some airlines lose so many bags!

British Airways is the Lost Luggage Record Holder

According to the Wall Street Journal, British Airways lost more bags than any other airline in the first 6 months of 2007.

At least one travel web site advises, "If you can help it, don't book a flight on British Airways, at least until its record improves. No matter your destination, there are always other options."

A confidential report mentioned in the Telegraph claims British Airways ,islays more bags than any other big airline in Europe. On average, it is estimated that an average of nine passengers on every BA jumbo arrives at their destination without their bag.

Welcome

"Welcome to British Airways ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking..."

www.britishairwayssucks.org has been created for the travelling public to share their negative and positive experiences of the British Airways airline and British Airways Customer Relations department. I encourage you to share your story here for the rest of the travelling public to make up their minds if they really want to fly with British Airways or not.

Please also share any tips you might have in persuading the airline to settle a claim or motivating Customer Relations to help you in any way.

If you come across any good or bad press about British Airways customer service that is worth sharing then let me know and I will include it here.

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Your Stories

My friend Doug and I flew from Orlando to London, via Miami. We arrived in London to find that our golf clubs and suitcases had not made the trip with us. The Customer Service agent at Heathrow told us that the bags were in Miami. She gave us a ...
Jeff Elledge
I was downgraded from category C to category W in my fight from London to Calgary. My complete fight was from Madrid to Calgary and I was not informed of anything until the fight was about to take off. The manager of this fight threatened to me ...
Susana
A recent flight between London and Cape Town was by far the most intolerable of my life. Not only does BA pack passengers into economy like sardines, the flight crew made only a few passes through the cabin after serving dinner and before serving ...
Mike
I had boarded from new delhi in the mid of the night, they served a simple bread butter breakfast and landed in London. And after 2 hours layoff in heathrow I took another british airways flight to Washington DC,2.5 hrs after borarding the flight ...
Praveen
This is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to you this morning. I received a call from my mother in SA this morning to advise me that my father passed away at 6am this morning. No I am fully aware that this is not your problem, but this is ...
Dawid Louw
Me and my family were going to Dallas from Helsinki on March 2013. We had bought tickets via net. We needed to change flight at Heathrow, London. Both flights were operated by BA and they were sold us as a packet. We were first timers, but we ...
Jorma Heikkilä
I had book tickets for my family and I. 4 tickets for My wife and two kids. flying from NYC to London. a few days before we fly my wife has a medical emergency, so I call BA so I can change her flight. The Rep tells me that it will cost $275 plus a ...
Eamonn Ryan
On the way back from NY to London, my original seat had some problem with the in-flight entertainment system. So, I was upgraded to the Premium Economy. I was happy with my original seat and for me, economy and "premium" economy makes no difference. ...
S. Mun
I, from an inside view point, understand that problems happen within the airline Industry. But it is how you resolve them that counts. On a recent weekend break to Frankfurt booked on BA, I was shocked how shabby the planes were. BA cancelled our ...
James Feeney
So it's March 29th, the day after Storm Katie and Flight 778 from LHR to Stockholm is delayed for over three hours.  It's not because of the storm (all the other flights from here are going on time) - it's because there is no crew to fly ...
Geoff

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