News in brief:
More British Airways strikes announced
The UNITE union has announced another batch of ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew strike dates. This covers 16th August to 30th August, which means it is back to back with the current strike.
You probably know the score by now. Only Heathrow flights are affected, with Gatwick, London City and regional flights to Europe all OK (these are not flown by ‘mixed fleet’ crew).
British Airways will continue to use its nine leased Qatar Airways aircraft for some short haul flights, which means free food and drink and, in Club Europe, better seats than you would normall get. Some flights will be cancelled, but BA will aim to get you to your destination on the same day as your original booking.
You do NOT get EU261 compensation if your flight is cancelled due to the strike.
British Airways (re)launches Flight Pass
This never went away, but I noticed that Flight Pass is being widely promoted again on the British Airways website.
Old British Midland flyers may remember that BMI let you buy a ‘carnet’ ticket which gave you 10 flights on a particular route for a discount – and occasionally came with free BMI status thrown in.
British Airways has been trialling something similar and it now seems permanent. Via this OptionTown link, you can buy route passes for economy travel on flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and City.
There are a huge number of pricing permutations based on how many people would share your pass, how many tickets you want, what expiry date you are willing to accept and how close to the date of travel you want to book. You can buy a pass for one route or for an entire country.
For example, you can buy 12 one-way flights from Heathrow to Newcastle for £605, so £50 each. This includes taxes. You must use them within 3 months AND must book 90 days in advance. At the other extreme, 12 one-way tickets bookable up to 4 hours in advance will cost you £131 per seat.
Given the huge number of pricing options, it is impossible to say if this offers decent savings or not. Note that you can only book return flights with Flight Pass which means that it is less flexible than you may think – you may be able to book your outbound with just four hours notice but you need to lock in the return at the same time (changeable for a fee).
You have last seat availability. If there are still seats for sale, irrespective of the price, you can book them – as long as you are inside the booking window of your Flight Pass. There are no blackout dates or minimum stays.
There is one interesting tweak. Assuming that nothing has changed, flight passes will book into L class which means you will earn 10 tier points per leg, which is 5 more tier points than you would receive from a standard discount economy flight. Flight Passes allowing 4-hour booking should still book into B class which earns 20 tier points each way.
Note that you cannot upgrade a Flight Pass ticket with Avios into Club Europe.
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