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British Airways adds more rebooking help for strike-affected flights

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British Airways has made another tweak to its rebooking rules in order to help people who are impacted by the pilot strike on 9th and 10th September.

If your outbound flight has been cancelled due to the strike, BA is now protecting your inbound ticket.  The return would usually be cancelled automatically when the outbound was cancelled.

Assuming you have made your own alternative arrangements for the outbound, you can now turn up at the airport for the return and be accepted for the flight.

more BA strike rebooking guidance

With rebooking now mainly complete, British Airways has reopened flights for standard cash sale on 8th, 11th, 12th and 13th September.  If you wanted to fly on those dates but saw no availability – or only highly priced flexible tickets – you should check again.

More rebooking options are now available

A substantial number of additional airlines have agreed rebooking deals with British Airways this week.  If you changed your flights last weekend, I would recomend taking a look at this list to see who has been added during the week.

A lot of new options are now available and you may want to ring back and try to change your flight again if your original rebooking was not to your liking.  Some are restricted (Singapore Airlines is only accepting Economy passengers and will not allow connections beyond Singapore) but most are accepting BA passengers on any route in any class.


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Comments (79)

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  • Joan says:

    OT- no champagne in the Gatwick south BA lounge this morning for my holiday Buck’s Fizz ! They said they aren’t getting a delivery until 8am and had a busy weekend ! We suggested they go get some from the First Lounge but they said they didn’t have any either 🙄. First World problem I know but on top of cancelling our return flight because of the strike I’m not impressed.

  • lucas says:

    Hi Rob – thanks for covering the Emirates option. Do you know whether the VIP boxes are priced per person? Or the price is for admission for 2 people?

  • eli says:

    I’m looking at 11th TLV to LHR, only offering selling class Y in Economy!

    does that mean everything else is sold out?

  • 1nfrequent says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for the update re BA’s rebooking policy. Having had a frustrating couple of calls last week where BA refused point blank to book me on an LH flight to LHR (offering me only London City or LGW on a downgrade to economy), I tried my arm today and got rebooked into LH business class for the flight I’d originally asked for last week. I took a look on line before calling and if they’d done it last week it would have been £650 each, today that was showing as £980 each (although I guess the airlines do better rates for each other?).

    Anyway – it’s a big relief to me and I very much appreciate the update. Would definitely recommend trying it to anyone else caught up in this.


  • Roger says:

    OT – Anyone flying with EY over Christmas?#
    They seem to have cancelled some flights.

    My existing flight with 3 hour layover has now been changed to 19 hours!

  • JohnT says:

    Still waiting to see when they cancel flights for 27th?! Avios club ticket from Durban so want to reroute not a date change which they won’t do till cancelled.

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