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.

Claiming Back Travel Costs after Coronavirus Cancellations

Coronavirus

Plans have been disrupted for many travellers due to the Coronavirus pandemic with the airline companies being particularly hard hit.

Given the uncertainty with lock-downs to varying degrees across most jurisdictions, it seems reasonable for airlines to refund the cost of flights if they can't provide the flight on the agreed date.

Unfortunately, many airlines seem to be hanging on to customers money and offering vouchers or credits for future airline travel at some unknown date.

Airline customers are left out of pocket wondering if the airline companies will survive the crisis to honour these vouchers or credits.

At least one British Airways customer who contacted me this week is in this situation, holding approximately £1200 of British Airways vouchers that he has repeatedly but unsuccessfully tried to use to purchase new travel. He has been unsuccessful trying to contact British Airways by phone and is asking what options are available.

After you have made reasonable attempts to recover your money from the airline, my suggested options include:

  • contacting your banking provider to reverse the transaction on your credit card (assuming you used a credit card to pay for the travel)
  • pursuing a claim via the CEDR which will cost you £25 if you are unsuccessful
  • pursuing a claim via the small claims court (which may be difficult or impossible if you live outside the UK)
  • finding some professional help with your claim

Professional help is available e.g. there is some excellent advice on the Bott and Co. website including:

  • It is specifically EU Regulation 261 laws relating to cancelled flights that are relevant for cancellations relating to Coronavirus. Under this law, you are legally entitled to a refund within seven days equal to the price you paid for your ticket.
  • This law applies to flights that would have departed from the EU or arrive in the EU on an EU based airline.
  • The United Kingdom is still part of the EU until the end of 2020, so the above criteria apply at a minimum to all EU and UK based airlines.

Bott and Co. can pursue a claim on your behalf and they have a very high success rate. They charge 25% of the refund amount recovered in successful claims and charge nothing if they are unsuccessful.

I am not affiliated with Bott and Co. but they do seem to be the experts at this.

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Your Stories

My baggage is missing because I was given the wrong baggage tag by one of the BA staff at the check in, which makes the tracing of my baggage so difficult. Even worse is their customer service, I have been phoning them in overseas phone rates. ...
Ying Zou
I was traveling with my wife and 7 month old daughter, while I was helping my wife make my daughter comfortable I requested for a glass of warm water, the stewardess who was busy chatting up another passenger on what sushi she likes, asked me to get ...
Allen
I am part of a touring band, last Friday we had a gig in Frankfurt. My bass, as always, goes in the hold, I arrived in Frankfurt, bass didn't show up. Had to use a borrowed instrument that night. Returned to London the next day. They sent my bass to ...
Laurence Cottle
BA lost my luggage. Found it a few days later after I was constantly on the phone demanding them to call the baggage handling department. Once they had found it, they wouldn't get it on the next available flight. I am still waiting! Customer service ...
Lily
Three years ago we were forced into a downgrade from First to Business on a trip from Phoenix to LHR. Once again, this week on an AA code share from LHR to PHL we were again forced into a downgraded from First to Business. Trying to get a refund of ...
Joe Furlong
We got stuck in a fatal accident traffic jam at Montelimar in France. Realising that we were going to miss our 4pm flight we called (on a mobile) to BA Customer Service. They booked us on the next flight 7.15 and took all the payment details. The ...
Jonathon Howard
On 25th January 2013 my husband, Trevor and I set off from Heathrow on our trip of a lifetime, a Readers’ Offers cruise around the Galapagos, costing us just under £9000. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and I set out below the problems that ...
Lynne Rackstraw
My husband and I were Downgraded on a British Airways Flight from Houston to Moscow from Clubworld to Economy on 15th September, 2013 were not compensated, made several reports online on their website got only a case number but no other response. ...
Joy Godfrey
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
What is more serious, to cheat someone out of a large sum or to cheat numerous people out of small amounts? I was downgraded against my will (BA009, 30.12.14) due to BA’s aggressive overselling of seats and my repeated demands for compensation ...
Rene Neef

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