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.

What's Your Story?

A "Your Stories" page has been added to the website today for you to tell your story about British Airways! To add your story, go to the "Your Stories" page and click on the "Add story" link at the top of the page. The form asks you for your email address but note that this is kept private and is not displayed anywhere on the website.

This is the first time I have published my own story on the website and this goes back to some bad experiences with British Airways in 2007. We vowed never to fly British Airways and never to go through Heathrow airport ever again.

I'm happy to report that even though we've flown every year since 2007, we have stuck to our promise. We have experienced great service on Emirates, Aegean Airlines, Virgin, Air Asia, Pacific Blue and Jetstar and we've never had a delayed flight or a lost bag!

Happy travelling!

British Airways 'worst airline for baggage problems'

A recent survey of 2,007 airline passengers by insurance company LV claims UK passengers travelling with major airlines experience the most baggage problems when they fly with British Airways. Apparently one in 3.8 British Airways passengers have had their baggage lost, damaged, or delayed in the past five years.

This is more than twice as many as the next worst performing airline, Virgin Atlantic where one in 8.3 Virgin passengers reported experiencing baggage problems.

British Airways seem to be in denial, claiming the figure is "complete rubbish" and  that, "there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a quarter of BA passengers have experienced lost or delayed baggage over the last five years."

You can read more about this story on the BBC website.

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.

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Your Stories

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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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
On my way to Bucharest I had 2 bags, my handbag and shopping from the duty free. When I arrived to board one person called Holly told me I can only have 2 BAGS INCLUDING DUTY FREE and hand bag. This Holly continued “and this is generous”. Are ...
Andreea B
Flew BA to Pheonix return exec class, the staff and plane were as bad as each other, dirty, audio visual not working and totally useless and unhelpful cabin crew. I will never fly BA again possible the worse customer service and quality of care and ...
Simon Humphrey
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
So this week (17 March 2013) my wife flies on American to London and then on to Moscow on BA 233.  She gets there fine.  Two days later I happen to look at her American Airlines account (like me, she's Top Tier) and see that her return flight on ...
Phil C
To this airline, all passengers are a major inconvenience, between, them taking your payment and dumping you off at your destination.Such is the arrogance of the airline, you must demonstrate to them, that it is a privilage for YOU to fly with ...
ISB
My story can be listened on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVxP0ZCQK1w Also embedded here for convenience: {youtube}tVxP0ZCQK1w{/youtube}
Jorma Heikkila
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
I was flying with them to get to Madrid, and had to spend the night in madrid to catch a flight to Athens, the plane had engine trouble and they could not get me to Madrid on time the next morning to catch my connection. I told them that at the ...
Daniel Le

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