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The HfP chat thread – Monday 9th November

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We have decided to run this daily chat thread on Head for Points during the coronavirus outbreak.

Historically, the daily ‘Bits’ articles were the de facto repository for random comments and questions.  With the news flow being lighter, we are running fewer ‘Bits’ articles.

The comments under this article are where you should post questions about travel and, indeed, anything else on your mind.  At this tricky time, and given that many of you are at home, we want the HfP community to have a place to chat.

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Comments (274)

  • Chris says:

    Website issue:
    Maybe just me, but when browsing comments my page, without any prompt, scrolls back to the top of the comments section. It does this fairly frequently and it’s damn annoying.
    On safari iphone latest iOS.

  • JG says:

    Hi All
    I’ve just had a claim turned down by BA because my cancelled flight last week was due to a bird strike damaging the aircraft (resulting in a 5 hour delay = 7 hours in a very cold ARN!). Can I pursue, or it that the end of it (force majeure)?
    Thanks

  • Lady London says:

    The airline is obliged to report officially the reason for any delay. There are websites you can check this on – can anyone advise which? I believe expertflyer is one but in that case only for 48hrs after the flight? also I believe people on flyertalk might help look up if asked nicely and given flight number date,route.

    I would be a bit suspicious of this excuse by BA being valid. If your waiting aircraft was struck on the ground then yes. but more likely the bird strike affected the incoming flight. If a plane is not available because of an incident or weather affecting an incoming flight whose plane your flight was supposed to use, then this is not an exceptional circumstance affecting your flight and would not exempt the airline from paying compensation. The airline is supposed to be able to manage this by bringing another plane which within Europe is not diffcult ad Ryanair and Easyjet do it all the the time generally making sure no flight departs more than 2 hours late so not triggering compensation even when such incidents occur.

    So I’d stake inmoney on the bird strike being on an earlier flight that day, perhaps on the incoming flight perhaps on one earlier, and not on your flight meaning you could be the first person since covid to be able to claim compensation for a late flight that was *not” caused by a reason qualifying as exceptional circs because the circs occurred to an earlier flight not yours.

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