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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 14th January

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Comments (328)

  • Alex says:

    Flights to Seychelles in March have been cancelled by BA (not that we would be able to go there realistically). Was booked in F on Avios. Seems BA completely stopped the route now. I asked this before here but seems Qatar only fly in J. Could I demand reroute on different airline in F but later in the year? I suspect it will be a fight, but my reading of EU261 would make me think I am entitled to this (whether I get it is a different question). Or I get downgrade compo for Qatar?

    • babyg_wc says:

      It’s a pandemic, try for a mutually agreeable swap (e.g. Qatar and perhaps some points back), personally I’d rather fly Qatar business va BA first given a choice.

    • Ashraj says:

      My flights to Seychelles were cancelled by BA for end of May. Was also flying in First. They quite willingly offered Qatar business flights around the same dates. Qatar then cancelled the Doha to Mahé flights so i changed the outbound to a few days earlier to extend our trip. In regards to the Avios ba offered the difference back. I tried to argue for the 75% but they would not budge on that. I have not accepted them yet but am tempted to do so as I’m not sure how much work will be involved to fight for them. Let us know how you get on

      • babyg says:

        Given whats going on in the world right now i don’t think trying to squeeze every last dime our of an airline is the way to go. As per my last comment, Qatar business is superior to BA first. If they gave you access to CCL + Qatar and your points difference back that would be a win/win IMHO. Oh and BA(not sure about qatar) didnt pay for SEZ lounge access so make sure you have a priority pass for the SEZ lounge.

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