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.

Record Breaking Fine after British Airways Data Breach

Credit Card Data Breach

British Airways are facing a £183 million fine after a data breach in 2018 where the personal data, including names, addresses, credit card numbers and travel details of approximately 500,000 customers was breached.

This will be the largest fine ever imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The recently introduced GDPR rules allow a company to be fined up to a maximum of 4% of of its turnover.

British Airways has 28 days to appeal.

 

BA Cost Cutting for Short Term Gain

Terminal 5 Check-in

Brian Lait has good insight into British Airways management and has contributed a new article, BA cutting costs for a quick buck in the Cyprus Mail.

"Avaricious" is a new word to me but perfectly personifies the current BA management who seem determined to cut costs and maximise profits for themselves and their shareholders.

While the current management have driven BA down to the 40th most popular airline, and despite the numerous BA disasters of 2017, BA continue to make a profit.

As long as the shareholders are happy, the travelling public are still willing to support the "National Airline" (which frankly is astounding to me) and assuming they aren't cutting corners on safety, then nothing seems likely to change at least in the short term.

Some Advice for British Airways Management

British Airways 747Rowan Jackson has some great advice for British Airways which he shared recently on Linked In.

Rowan flies frequently with British Airways and is a member of the British Airways Future Lab which is supposed to be how British Airways obtains detailed feedback from customers. Unfortunately, it sounds like the feedback is falling on deaf ears.

The article has struck a chord with the travelling public and has been liked over 12,000 times as at the end of July.

Obviously, change is needed and as Rowan says, it might not be too late to save the Airline from disaster assuming someone is still left to listen to the advice.

British Airways Fail After Fail After Fail

Power Plug

Hot on the heels of an IT disaster in May that cost British Airways around £80 million, planned strike action by BA staff is set to disrupt BA flights yet again during July.

It's not especially clear which flights will be affected or even if passengers will be compensated.

The Independent seems to think industrial action can be classed as an "extraordinary circumstance" by the airline so that they can deny claims while MoneySavingExpert.com reports that the Civil Aviation Authority deems it unlikely that a planned strike by the Airline's own staff could be classed as an "extraordinary circumstance" as the airline should have time to make alternative arrangements for passengers.

Finally, the results of the 2017 World Airline Awards by Skytrax have been announced this week with Qatar Airways in the number one spot and British Airways placed in 40th position (one place ahead of easyJet). British Airways last won the award in 2006.

British Airways Mixed Fleet Strike Update (July 2017)

On 30th June, one day before strike action was set to begin, British Airways finally made an announcement about which flights they expect to be cancelled or delayed.

You can read more on the British Airways website.

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Your Stories

I booked a flight from Fresno, Ca to Barcelona Spain and All the airlines gave me my seat number BUT British Airways said I had to pay 86 dollars for my wife and I (in 70's) or wait until 24 hours before flight and then they said we may not sit ...
Robert R. Watts
I'm in Heathrow Airport. Just arrived from San Francisco, waiting for my connecting flight to Milan, which of course, is late. Just few considerations regarding the 10 hours San Francisco - London flight: 1) Very full, fairly old and slightly dirty ...
Enrico R
I have never encountered such atrocious customer service. The Civil Avation Authority could not help me, because they have no legal power themselves over BA. So, take your claim to the County Court (a small fee), or contact CEDR. BA are currently ...
Derek B Scott
Why on earth if BA but it's same horrible biz class seats on its new A380s? Isle seats have zero privacy and if you are in a window seat, you have to crawl over another passenger. And still no Wi-Fi on many A380s. Shameful! I will never fly BA again ...
BA hater
My story is so long in only 3 1/2 days I can't give all the details.  Short story is flew from Glasgow to London/Heathrow on BA 9:15 AM 9 July 2016.  They left every single bag for passengers terminating in London in Glasgow, every single ...
tom diangelis
I flew BA and I must say I received top service as I should expect from such a high quality business.  When was the last time you received good service and actually wrote up about it? The cabin crew were amazing. I got exactly what I asked ...
Jordan Cooper
Flying back from Catania, Sicily to Gatwick last Monday June 17th,BA 2595 the absolute minimum of leg space, quite a lot tighter than Ryanair or Easyjet. By the time the drinks trolley got to me in row 18 there was no white wine left to purchase! A ...
James Delaney
I'll never fly BA again. They charged me $800 when I had to cancel one leg of my flight due to a change. And they routed me to an Indian call center where they clearly do not speak intelligible English!
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Flight BA 869 (July 26-27, 2017) was delayed overnight in Budapest. BA did nothing to help with hotel reservations (which were difficult enough for a local person because the World Swimming Championships were taking place, but virtually impossible ...
Stephen W Shaw
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

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