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British Airways pilots vote to accept revised pay deal

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The British Airways pilot fleet has voted to accept BA’s revised pay offer.  This removes the threat of further industrial action.  

The vote was reportedly 86.5% in favour, which I found surprising given the hostility towards the deal from a couple of pilots I spoke with.  My understanding is that there is still limited trust in certain commitments given by the airline, although Alex Cruz has agreed to monthly meetings with BALPA.

British Airways pilots accept pay deal

You need to remember that the union had effectively caved in, with the original offer being remarkably similar to the original one which was vehemently rejected at the time.  The pay rise element of 11.5% has not changed markedly, except for some inflation protection should CPI shoot up.

It is not clear if there will now be adjustments made to the pay deal accepted by cabin crew, since there was an understanding that both groups would receive an equal package.

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Comments (117)

  • Ben says:


    I wonder if someone could help me as I am terrible with working out whether using points are a good deal or not for something. I can either pay £1090 for a Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy class fare return to JNB and collect about 11,000 miles or spend £480 and 25,000 miles and an economy to premium economy upgrade voucher and still fly premium. Is the using of the 25,000 miles and the upgrade voucher worth it based on an upfront saving of just over £600 before you take into account the using of 25,000 miles and their value?


    • Charlieface says:

      Assuming you value 11k Virgins at 1p each, the cash ticket is 1090-110=£980. The points ticket meanwhile is 480+250=£730 giving a benefit because of the upgrade at £250. It’s very dependent on what else you would use it for (and when the expiry is), but I would think it’s fair value, others may differ.
      The maths changes a good bit if you use a points value of 0.75p, which again depends on what you would otherwise use them for, and gives a voucher benefit of £340.

  • Riccatti says:

    By end-week, VA sale fares can be gone for interesting bits.

    Already see thin 1-2 places availability for the cheapest PE.