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.

BA Cost Cutting for Short Term Gain

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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

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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.

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

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I received some good news today from a passenger who submitted a claim via the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution after British Airways incorrecly stopped her boarding her flight.

The passenger was able to complete the first leg of her journey on an alternative airline but was let down yet again on the return journey as British Airways had classed their initial failure as a "No Show" and cancelled her return flight.

After many months of struggle, the CEDR Airline Adjudicator has finally found in my favour. BA did an about turn and did not defend its indefensible behaviour. The outcome is well worth the extra effort.

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The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution independently resolves disputes between passengers and subscribing airlines including British Airways (since June 2016).

Successful claims are free. Unsuccessful claimants are charged £25 presumably to minimise frivolous claims.

I'd love to hear about other success stories whether passengers used the CEDR or not.

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Your Stories

I flew from London to Bangkok for 11 hours in economy. Torture! The plane they used was obviously very old - my mobile has a screen about the same size as their tv screen. No outlets to charge our devices. No legroom whatsoever - serious leg ...
Annie F
After my suitcase was delayed for 3 days on a 5 day trip to Rome, British Airways have done nothing but make my life a misery. They gave me no money at the airport to buy essential items and I cannot get hold of anyone to get reimbursed for the ...
K.E.W
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
After multiple very painful calls to booking to deal with bored and annoyed customer service people, we got five tickets from Washington D.C. to Geneva for a family vacation, using miles and two vouchers. The total price of our "free" tickets: ...
Robert Saxton
Another testimonial about how bad British Airways are...A couple weeks ago  I was visiting California and I bought this beautiful surfboard that I was hoping to bring back to France with me on the airplane - It never occurred to me  that an ...
Marianne
My own personal reasons for finding this wonderful website:1.  On a business trip to London from Los Angeles (10 hours plus), I was downgraded from Business Class to Economy because of British Airways overbooking.  2.  No apology or even sympathy ...
Douglas Wood
Yesterday my wife returned from Korea but it's a miracle she even got on the flight. I received an email the day before her flight asking me to contact BA "URGENTLY" normally if something is urgent you call! Anyway it was a Saturday, I just happened ...
Tim Taylor
I tried to change my return flight from Australia to UK but was told their systems were down so they couldn't change it, tried for 2 days and had no joy eventually got through to London Cust Services and the price had gone up by 4x. On my ...
G Philips
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
I flew BA from Atlanta to Heathrow with my 11 year old daughter. We had to sit in different areas - no attempt by BA to sit us even remotely near each other. OK seating is sometimes difficult.The real issue is that BA cabin staff were sweetness ...
John Weir

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