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Old Mar 13, 20, 8:40 am
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Very noisy post

I refrained from commenting on this on the ‘noise free’ Covid-19 thread but thank you LTN Phobia for opening the floodgates here.

From the noise free thread I learnt some GGLs are experiencing 20 minute delays on the dedicated phone line owing to increased call volumes. If you can zoom in on this post I have embedded a tiny tiny gif of me rubbing my thumb and index finger together and singing “my heart bleeds for you”

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Old Mar 13, 20, 8:41 am
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As of yesterday, I have zero flights bookings for any route on any airline

​​​​​In the event that BA weathers the storm (let's hope so) I expect to drop to Silver in 12 months and will probably never set foot again in the CCR...

I am so glad that the last few years afforded me the opportunity to travel the world, often in great comfort thanks to BAEC and the wonderful FT community. I will have the memories until I eventually go gaga...

BAEC, not to mention BA, had its faults, but it worked for us... and we worked it hard

Safe 2020 to all.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by MarkFlies View Post
Is this the thread for BA-withdrawal symptoms? Some of you frequent flyers must be suffering.
It's more like this one https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...ovid-19-a.html

My wife does keep asking "When are you going away again?" so I think I've overstayed my welcome somewhat.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 8:52 am
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Booked on BA holidays to Jamaica in J 27th March to 10th April... At the moment on tenterhooks as the Jamaican government is apparently 'mulling' a travel ban.

I assume in this case I would get a refund from BA if they were cancelling the flights? I do have travel insurance, and paid on credit card as well if the worst comes to the worst.

To be honest, we looked at re-booking somewhere else in the Caribbean if Jamaica did ban travel from the UK, however the cost to replicate the holiday are £3-4K more expensive in total which seems a little ridiculous given BA's loads are likely to be very low indeed!
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by injom View Post
We are supposed to be flying to Vegas from Inverness at the start of April, although the flights are to/from Vegas we are spending the middle part of the time in LA for Universal and Disney etc. Given that Disney is now closed until end of March (and probably will continue into April) and Vegas shows etc are now being cancelled, there is little reason for our trip at this time.

We booked last May and the tickets are non changeable, what realistic options do we have, I know there's no real chance of a refund, would there be potentially a flight voucher instead? Flights were paid for with BA Amex so is there a way for refund through them ?

Really have no idea what to do.
A friend was due to travel to Vegas on Monday, BA allowed them to cancel and gave them a voucher to rebook later.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:09 am
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At this point since we are not going on our trip to VIE via LHR, just hoping for one of the flights to get cancelled for refund. Austria now on quarantine. I'm sure someone would love my SEA-LHR return legs. My travel partner does have a legitimate family illness for insurance claim, rather just have it cancelled for ease. Our tickets were on sale, $500, so any voucher will certainly cost us a lot more for another trip.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:13 am
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Booked to Mallorca tomorrow morning for a week via BA holidays. What to do
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by injom View Post
We are supposed to be flying to Vegas from Inverness at the start of April, although the flights are to/from Vegas we are spending the middle part of the time in LA for Universal and Disney etc. Given that Disney is now closed until end of March (and probably will continue into April) and Vegas shows etc are now being cancelled, there is little reason for our trip at this time.

We booked last May and the tickets are non changeable, what realistic options do we have, I know there's no real chance of a refund, would there be potentially a flight voucher instead? Flights were paid for with BA Amex so is there a way for refund through them ?

Really have no idea what to do.
The current US BA guidelines cover travel dates up to 11 April. Options are either rebook up to start of August, or cancel and use the value against any other booking taken within 12 months.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by GabrielExea View Post
I assume in this case I would get a refund from BA if they were cancelling the flights? I do have travel insurance, and paid on credit card as well if the worst comes to the worst
I'm not sure that's a safe assumption. I have a trip booked to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru beginning tomorrow. Argentina and Peru have effectively banned travelers (they're enforcing a 14 day quarantine which makes the travel pretty much pointless.) BA won't offer a refund, and my travel insurance says they won't cover trip cancellation for any reason other than illness or FCO advice. Maybe you've got a credit card with great insurance but the BA Amex doesn't offer anything here.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:22 am
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I am still very much wanting to travel to LA for Easter.

Assuming BA are still flying I am sure now to get a hotel deal and maybe a flight deal (although thatís less clear).

I wanted to visit Disney but I just much prefer the weather and vibe in California even if lots of places are shut and it isnít as busy it actually sounds more relaxing to me!

I am not about to make a booking yet however Iíll wait until the last moment I feel comfortable just in case something changes that stops me altogether visiting.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by PeaSouper View Post
I'm not sure that's a safe assumption. I have a trip booked to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru beginning tomorrow. Argentina and Peru have effectively banned travelers (they're enforcing a 14 day quarantine which makes the travel pretty much pointless.) BA won't offer a refund, and my travel insurance says they won't cover trip cancellation for any reason other than illness or FCO advice. Maybe you've got a credit card with great insurance but the BA Amex doesn't offer anything here.
GabrielExea did say "if they were cancelling the flights". If BA cancelled the flights, yes they will get a refund, and it would be a safe assumption.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:25 am
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Just seen in the BBC website Edinburgh Airport expects to have zero customers for 3 months!

My only trip booked in this barron year is a trip to Shetland! in may
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:27 am
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Originally Posted by PeaSouper View Post
I'm not sure that's a safe assumption. I have a trip booked to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru beginning tomorrow. Argentina and Peru have effectively banned travelers (they're enforcing a 14 day quarantine which makes the travel pretty much pointless.) BA won't offer a refund, and my travel insurance says they won't cover trip cancellation for any reason other than illness or FCO advice. Maybe you've got a credit card with great insurance but the BA Amex doesn't offer anything here.
Hmm - I guess I am not expecting Jamaica to go for a quarantine, just a full ban a la France, Italy, Spain and Germany already are, in which case if BA cannot fly me there surely they need to refund my payment?

I was expecting a chargeback to be successful via my BA Amex if BA were unable to fulfill their part of the contract, too, although that is perhaps naive.

I would rather go, mind!
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by allturnleft View Post
Just seen in the BBC website Edinburgh Airport expects to have zero customers for 3 months!

My only trip booked in this barron year is a trip to Shetland! in may
It said "could" - it does not mean it expects to...

"Edinburgh Airport has warned that it is potentially facing the scenario of receiving no passengers in the next three months because of coronavirus." A bit different from expecting not to have any passenger.

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-51866403
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by GabrielExea View Post
Hmm - I guess I am not expecting Jamaica to go for a quarantine, just a full ban a la France, Italy, Spain and Germany already are, in which case if BA cannot fly me there surely they need to refund my payment?

I was expecting a chargeback to be successful via my BA Amex if BA were unable to fulfill their part of the contract, too, although that is perhaps naive.

I would rather go, mind!
Please see my reply to PeaSouper above. If BA cancelled the flights, you WILL get a refund if you request a refund rather than rebooking.
If you booked it as a BA Holiday package, I'd expect the hotels and other associated components to be refunded as well.
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