Last Friday, British Airways cancelled the reservations of people who booked $257 round-trip tickets from London to Tel Aviv on last Monday. That’s exactly why I wrote to wait several days before booking other non-refundable travel to see if the fare would be honored.
It seems unfair that airlines give themselves 4 days to cancel tickets when passengers can’t do the same, but that’s life I suppose. As this flight doesn’t touch the US, you won’t be able to file a DoT complaint to get reimbursed for non-refundable expenses.
Some people are reporting that they have received a £100 BA voucher as compensation. You can contact your travel agency or British Airways directly to request the voucher if you didn’t receive one.
Commenter Joe was able to fly on his flight last week before BA decided to cancel the tickets. That’s similar to other past cases where people who booked travel for the same week did have success, such as when DDF members booked first class tickets to Hong Kong for just 4 United miles and flew that same week.
Sometimes these things work and sometimes they don’t. But they can’t take away the thrill of the hunt.
What has your history been like with flight glitch fares?