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An update on the British Airways pilot strike

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I don’t want to spend too much time on the British Airways pilot strike, because it is being covered enough by the mainstream media.

Interestingly, British Airways did not make an effort yesterday to run even a skeleton service with non-BALPA pilots.  The only flights from Terminal 5 yesterday were:

Tokyo (due to Rugby World Cup commitments – this was the sole BA departure)

Cairo (which Air Belgium is currently flying on behalf of BA due to a shortage of operational Boeing 787 aircraft)

Madrid (the Iberia flights, not the BA ones)

I’m not sure what, if anything, departed from Gatwick or Terminal 3.  I doubt that Tuesday will be any different.

British Airways 2019 strike update

If your flight was cancelled and you accepted a refund or were moved to a non-oneworld carrier, remember to request the Avios and tier points you would have earned from British Airways.

Nothing stops you also earning miles from the carrier to whom you were moved – as long as you didn’t credit the flight to British Airways Executive Club – so you could double dip with a handful of Star Alliance, SkyTeam, Emirates, Etihad etc miles on top.

British Airways must announce cancellations for the 2nd wave of strikes on 27th September by Friday 13th September.  If not, British Airways will have to pay EC261 compensation on top of the costs of moving you to another carrier.  Once those cancellation emails have been sent, it is highly likely that the strike on the 27th September will happen regardless of whether discussions restart, as passengers will already have been moved.

You can find the latest official strike updates on this page of

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Comments (131)

  • Robin Green says:

    Off-topic but looking for some advice, wasn’t sure where to post.
    I have a booking in Club World in a couple of weeks’ time that is eligible for BA’s current offer to upgrade one leg to First Class for free. (
    It was booked through my company’s travel agent and they want £300 to switch the booking to First Class, even though the ticket price is exactly the same in their system.
    I’m trying to get them to waive this charge, but does anyone know if I might have more luck contacting BA directly to redeem the offer?
    I don’t have status (not with BA, anyway – with Virgin, but they don’t fly this route!), but it is a very expensive ticket, so I figure it might be worth chancing my arm.
    Any advice on numbers to call or tactics here?

  • Tracey says:

    Slight reward for having to re-route due to the BA strike, I find some tier points and Avios have landed from what was a reward flight.

  • Trevor Butelr says:

    Help, please, on trying to get Avios and Tier Points from my BA cancelled flights. The ticket number isn’t even accepted as valid on the Claim Avios page – without that being accepted, I can’t go any further.
    Also – do you think it worth trying to claim On Business points as well?