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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 ba.com.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

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. (https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/business-travel/offers/upgrade-to-first)
    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?
    Thanks!

  • 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?
    Thanks,