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Had a British Airways First Class ticket cancelled or need to change one? Call “You First”

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“You First” is a dedicated call centre set up to help anyone holding a British Airways First Class ticket.  Not many people know it exists, which is a shame because – irrespective of the wait times at the main British Airways call centre – telephone calls to “You First” are generally answered quickly.

The last time I used it, back in August 2020 at the height of the pandemic, I got through within 30 seconds and within five minutes my tickets were changed following a cancellation.

Whilst it may be busier this weekend after the problems yesterday, it is by far your best opportunity to get an affected flight rebooked or refunded.

British Airways You First telephone number for first class passengers

The British Airways “You First” telephone number is 020 7949 3055.  If you are in the UK, there is also a free version which is 0800 408 7667.

‘You First’ is open 24/7, although if you call outside UK office hours you may be diverted to an offshore call centre and the service level may be different.  It is, I believe, the same team that look after Gold Guest List members.

You can ring this number to make a First Class booking, for cash or Avios, as well as call to make any changes or cancellations.

What else can “You First” do for you?

The British Airways website is rather vague about what “You First” offers.  On the webform for contacting “You First” it suggests using them for:

  • Travel queries
  • Journey disruption
  • Mishandled bags

To be honest, I don’t think I have ever used it for anything other than flight changes.

British Airways You First telephone number

One reason to call “You First” is to pre-book the cabana relaxation rooms in The Concorde Room lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York JFK.  These are still closed due to covid restrictions, but you used to be able to reserve one up to a year in advance.

The cabanas have never appealed to me personally but they are good for connecting passengers who want a nap and a shower.  I saw them described as resembling “a disabled bathroom with a daybed” which is about right!  Sitting in the lounge itself is far preferable.

The British Airways “You First” service is NOT meant to be a concierge service.  They will, however, answer the telephone quickly and deal efficiently with the basics such as ticket changes – although you could justifiably argue that you shouldn’t need to have a First Class ticket to get this level of service!

There isn’t much about “You First” on the British Airways website, but the little there is can be found here.


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You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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

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Comments (52)

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  • Kevin says:

    Sounds like You First does what BA should be doing with all CS phone calls – provide a good standard of service for customers. Are we any closer to the rest of BA doing the same? Had to contact BA CS 4 times in my life, thankfully I’ve just sat back and booked very little this last 2 years. But all 4 times its been a horrendous experience. I now need to dedicate 1 day off work to do this. A glass, no, bottle of wine helps. I did try phoning at night but was unable to understand the CS agent English language skills and they hadn’t a clue what they were doing. Such a pity. Surely nowadays with computer advances we should be able to do almost anything via an online portal?

  • Martin CC says:

    I just wonder why every dealing with BA is akin to a war of attrition these days? I dread even having to change a flight something that was reasonably easy and took only a few minutes. Is this progress ?

  • Zee says:

    Does anyone know where the current BA flying routes are and aircraft carrier with 1st class cabin? Or even point me to somewhere where I can find it. Thanks

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