British Airways Adds Coronavirus Waiver On Flights, Reduces NYC Flights

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Another day, another airline change fee waiver. JetBlue, Alaska, American, and Delta previously announced free change policies due to coronavirus.

This time BA has released a waiver, and it applies to all BA marketed flights and travel packages, including award bookings for BA flights.

You can make a free change for bookings made between March 3-March 16 for travel anytime within the next year.

If you do make a change, the change fee will be waived, but the difference in fare will still apply.

You can make changes up until the time of departure. It’s great seeing airlines making useful change waivers, unlike BA partner American’s nearly useless waiver that restricts changes to 14 days in advance.

BA also announced temporary reductions in flying between NYC and London due to the downturn in travel demand. It will be interesting to see how they plan on utilizing their valuable space or lose slots at Heathrow Airport. Perhaps they’ll shift to less costly short-haul flying?

Are you more inclined to book travel with an airline offered a change fee waiver policy?

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joseph

definitely yes

Hayim

I am incensed that United is burying it’s head in the sand and hoping to cash in on people cancelling and changing flights. This will become a PR disaster. How do I know? Because United Airlines twitter account is asking people to contact them privately about flight changes and not post publicly.

Yisroel

@Dan

this is massive, according to OAG BA LHR-NYC is the most profitable route in the world earning BA over $1b annually close to $45k per hour of flight time.

that BA is ready to cut service is certainly something significant.

cook

Any real concern traveling to London now? (other than the general exposure that comes with travel)

Mendy

I think what really matters is free cancellations which only JetBlue and Alaska are offering.

Jb

Why the heck is it only for tickets purchased March 3rd and later?! Why can’t it include tickets purchased earlier???

eli

+1
The idiots who book now get to change but if we booked a few weeks ago we dont get t ochange for free. seems backwards to me

Kidooo

Dan, thanks for keeping us up to date. A post detailing al.the award programs you can use to book now with free changes would be very useful. For example I was planning to go to Israel in the summer, and if booking now will get me free cancelations than that’s a valuable benefit

Yossi C

I purchased tickets for Pesach with chase sapphire. Can I cancel for full refund instead of BA credits?

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