BRITISH AIRWAYS

Using frequent flier miles to escape from New York

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Felix Chan’s parents are stranded in New York after a storm. They can’t get back to Hong Kong because he used miles to pay for their ticket. Are they stuck?

Question: My parents, who are visiting me from Hong Kong, are scheduled to travel on Cathay Pacific later this week from New York to Hong Kong. But their flights were canceled because of a hurricane. Here’s the problem: Both of their tickets were redeemed using my British Airways points. And those tickets follow a different set of rules.

A Cathay Pacific representative told me that since this is an award ticket issued by British Airways, there is nothing Cathay Pacific can do and that I should work with British Airways, who issued these two tickets.

I then proceed to contact British Airways over the phone, where the representative told me that all they can do is search through the Cathay Pacific “award inventory” and they do not see anything for another month. I did ask if they can try to rebook my parents on British Airways or another airline, but they were turned down.
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Delayed by a day, and these flight vouchers aren’t gonna cut it

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Flight delays happen. But the one experienced by Nigel Goring-Morris and his companion on their flight from Tel Aviv to Honolulu by way of Los Angeles was so long, and the initial compensation so inadequate, that I’m considering getting involved.

Maybe you can help me sort this one out.

Goring-Morris’ entire trip was booked through American Airlines, but his first leg was on American’s codeshare partner, British Airways. The first part of that flight, from Tel Aviv to London, went off without a hitch. But the connection to LA was delayed by 10 hours, and they missed their next connection to Honolulu.

Result: The passengers missed an entire day of their planned vacation. But that’s not all.
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Is this British Airways flight bad enough for you?

britishArthur West’s 50th anniversary trip to Venice was “extremely enjoyable” — except for one little issue: the British Airways flights. All of them.

He’s so unhappy with the way he and his wife, Eileen, were treated that he’s written the airline several times with a long list of grievances. And he’s unimpressed with their response.

I’m writing about West’s case because I’m not sure if I should ask British Airways to review it. Some of the problems are minor and others are outside the control of the airline. Add it all up and they make for a very unpleasant trip, no question about it. But I’ll let you decide.
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I paid an extra $8,250 to fly home — can you help me get a refund?

jalAnyone who needs a case study about the perils of airline codesharing should look no further than Kun-Yang Lee’s story.

He was flying from Geneva to Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, last month. The ticket, booked through Expedia, was issued through Japan Airlines, had Japan Airlines flight numbers, but one leg of the flight — from Geneva to London — was on codeshare partner British Airways.

But that’s not the problem. At least not entirely.
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Can my tour operator pocket my airline refund?

Question: My wife and I have traveled for more than 45 years together with no real problem with tour agencies and travel companies, including many third-world countries and remote places — until now. We were returning from a tour of India and due to weather in London, our flight was canceled by British Airways.
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100,000 miles, $194 and a one-week delay — and you offer this?

To fly from San Francisco to Paris last month, Kenneth Cook forked over 100,00 miles and paid a $194 fee 10 months before his scheduled flight. The routing wasn’t ideal — it sent him via Denver and Frankfurt, but for that, he was getting choice seats in the front of the plane.

The least he expected was the see his luggage at the end of the journey, and that if he didn’t, the airline would take care of everything.

It didn’t.
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