Post # 1
I’m scheduled to fly out for my honeymoon during the planned British Airways strike dates coming up. Since we are flying out for a cruise, and especially since we don’t have travel insurance, I’m especially nervous that our flight to Heathrow and/or our connecting flight will be cancelled. So stressful!
Post # 3
Will you have a cellphone with you?
Make sure you have pre-programmed all the contact numbers you will need for the airline and any co-shares so that if your flight is cancelled , you can get on the phone immediately to book an alternate flight. This will be way faster than standing in line at the airport.
Post # 4
Is it too late to buy travel insurance? Sounds like it’d be worth it for peace of mind alone.
Post # 5
Sadly too late for travel insurance 🙁 Definitely kicking ourselves now for forgetting to purchase it.
Good idea to have the airline numbers preprogrammed. We’ll be out of luck, phone-wise, if we make it to Europe (but relieved to at least make it to London!)
Post # 6
here is a link to an article that was in an email I received today about this very subject:
Post # 7
I would suggest you call the cruise line NOW and ask them what their policy is in such a case. Since you dind’t book the flight through them and don’t have insurance, they may not even be willing to help you if you miss boarding due to a canceled flight at which point you will be better off knowing sooner rather than later. In generaly, I think airlines do everything they can to get passengers effected by a strike on the next plane. I experienced an Italian strike which grounded a RyanAir flight (circa 2003 when I studied in London) and the airline, which is notorious for no perks, put us on the same flight the next day without hassle.
Post # 8
Just to let you know that from this side of the pond, BA are hoping to honour 70% of their flights… however they did reckon that long haul flights to Heathrow would be the worst affected.
I’m really sorry and truly hope this doesn’t imapct on your honeymoon.
Post # 9
Have you spoken with your travel agent?
Yes it’s too late for insurance. But, you could possibly try to purchase tickets on another carrier, and then cancel your tickets with BA. If you purchased non-refunable tickets, then they will give you a credit that you can use towards a future flight within 12 months.
Post # 10
I think (and I do mean think, not sure for certain) that if your flight is cancelled BA are obliged to find you another carrier or offer you a refund (i.e. a strike is not an act of God, it’s an employment dispute so it’s the airlines responsibility to reimburse or exchange). Good luck sweetie, I really really hope it works out.
Post # 11
I know that during the last round of strikes competitor airlines had 15-30% discounts for people with tickets affected by the strikes.
They were budget airlines, like Ryanair, and only for flights the EU, but maybe you should call and book some back up tickets then ask to speak to a supervisor, and see if you can get some sort of discount. Worth a shot, and good luck!