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 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.

Welcome

"Welcome to British Airways ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking..."

www.britishairwayssucks.org has been created for the travelling public to share their negative and positive experiences of the British Airways airline and British Airways Customer Relations department. I encourage you to share your story here for the rest of the travelling public to make up their minds if they really want to fly with British Airways or not.

Please also share any tips you might have in persuading the airline to settle a claim or motivating Customer Relations to help you in any way.

If you come across any good or bad press about British Airways customer service that is worth sharing then let me know and I will include it here.

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Your Stories

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
I checked in online but there was an 'error' when printing out my boarding pass so I was prompted to get a print-out at the airport. However when I got there they would not print it out stating that I had missed a check-in cut off time by two ...
R.L.
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 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
British Airways was overbooked so they cancelled our tickets on day of travel. We have been travelling for so many years with many other airlines but this is the first time it has happened to us. Very difficult to reach their customer service ...
Aparna Rajesh
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
Travel on 28/03/16 from Heathrow to Frankfurt  Summary: BA have just screwed up big time, totally ruining our holiday. Unbelievable as it may sound, our experience was as follows: Cancel our first flight and push us to next day Block us ...
Ray Collington
Tried prebooking seat for my wife going back to Thailand. Web site wouldn't let me. Phoned BA. Indian lady less than helpful. Despite me paying for a Premium Economy seat she would only speak to my wife. She speaks less English than the rep. It was ...
Glenn Michael Perry
British Airways air hostess seems to be the worst especially from Bangalore to London ...absolutely unfriendly without helping old people to keep their luggage on the top. They only worry about their make up and hair style that is it. They are end ...
engai
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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