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 Worst to UK

According to a Choice consumer survey, Australians rated British Airways the worst airline when flying from Australia to the UK. Ratings were compiled from 10 categories including cost, in-flight food, in-flight service, timeliness and baggage allowance. Travellers were asked to score airlines out of 100 and British Airways only scored 57. Singapore Airlines had the best score with 81 out of 100.

Some airlines "just don't get it", one traveller noted, and should travel on Singapore Airlines "to see how it is done".

For more details, see the story in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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.

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Your Stories

Last week on a flight from Amsterdam to London, my cabin bag was put in the hold as the overhead lockers were full. On landing in London, as the aircraft was waiting for the aerobridge, I watched with curiosity and trepidation (Murphy's Law!) from ...
Mrs Venkatesh
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
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 booked round trip tickets to me and my minor children from USA to India. I was not aware of that I need a transit visa to travel until the check in time. Airport BA crew told to me about this and gave 10 business days to rebook. My husband called ...
Geetu
I was coming back to Australia from Munich. I had booked a World Traveller Plus fare. 24 hours before the flight from Munich, I tried to check-in online, but the site would not allow me. When I arrived at Heathrow with 4 hours to spare, I was told I ...
Wendy Tan
BA is really the worst airlines to travel in. I cannot make any changes to my online booking! When I call their inefficient customer care service no one picks up. For the cost of their ticket, they ought to be giving a lot more. This is really the ...
MS
So on June 18th I had a flight from Newcastle International Airport to Heathrow, then onwards to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia flight was supposed to depart Heathrow at 17:20pm. At about 16:30pm I was informed that I needed to contact the airline, ...
Adam
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 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 terrible airline that treats customers like units, takes greed and rudeness to another level, and their so called customer relations managers are an utter disgrace, to think they are Britains flagship carrier is a very sad indictment as to how ...
simon holmes

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