영국항공, 승객 환불 요구 후 유턴

수십만 명의 분노한 승객이 환불을 요구한 후 주요 U턴에 영국항공 (및 NOT 바우처) for Covid-cancelled flights

  • British Airways has bowed to passenger fury and will refund travellers
  • They will receive refunds rather than vouchers for bookings cancelled by Covid
  • The top airline company has kept some customers’ money for up to two years
  • 승객들은 수하물 수집 혼란에 대해 항공사가 사과 한 후 온라인 체크인을 할 수 없게 만든 IT 시스템 충돌에 대해 British Airways를 비난했습니다. has bowed to passenger fury and will refund hundreds of thousands of travellers given vouchers for bookings cancelled by Covid.

    항공사, which has kept some customers’ money for up to two years and instead issued 3.3 million vouchers, has started processing payments to those who qualify for refunds.

    BA, which received thousands of complaints for issuing credit notes rather than refunds, made a minor concession in March by allowing passengers to request a refund if their voucher was two years old – but it applied only if the airline, not the passenger, had cancelled the booking.

    British Airways has bowed to passenger fury and will refund hundreds of thousands of travellers given vouchers for bookings cancelled by Covid (파일 이미지)

    British Airways has bowed to passenger fury and will refund hundreds of thousands of travellers given vouchers for bookings cancelled by Covid (파일 이미지)

    In a significant shift, the airline has started paying automatic refunds – in some cases worth several thousand pounds – to far larger groups of passengers.

    BA said it was repaying customers unable to use their vouchers online, those who used Avios air miles towards payment and other ‘complex’ bookings as well as BA Holidays vouchers which, uniquely, still need to be two years old.

    A BA passenger noted the airline’s change of heart, posting on Twitter: ‘I’ve just now got a refund for all my vouchers. I had five flights booked with BA in 2020.’ Consumer experts criticised BA for keeping customers’ cash for so long and called on the airline to refund those who will not be repaid in the current tranche of payments.

    BA has yet to explain why some passengers with vouchers are not being refunded. It also refused to say how many vouchers will be refunded in the latest batch or the number that will remain outstanding. Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, 말했다: ‘People have been out of pocket for the cost of their flights for a long time, and while it will be a huge relief for many to get their money back, the wait has been awful.

    BA has yet to explain why some passengers with vouchers are not being refunded. It also refused to say how many vouchers will be refunded in the latest batch or the number that will remain outstanding (파일 이미지)

    BA has yet to explain why some passengers with vouchers are not being refunded. It also refused to say how many vouchers will be refunded in the latest batch or the number that will remain outstanding (파일 이미지)

    ‘Remaining customers who are still waiting for refunds may now feel it is unfair some refunds are being issued, but only to people in a different position to them. Any broadening of refunds would be very welcome.’

    One disgruntled customer posted on Twitter: ‘We wanted a refund in 2020 but were forced to accept a voucher – and now business class seats to Las Vegas have doubled in price. Not good enough, BA.’

    The airline is likely to face fresh anger from travellers in the coming months for cancelling 16,000 flights during the busy summer season in the wake of crippling staff shortages.

    A BA spokesman said: ‘To give our customers maximum flexibility, we’re now in the process of refunding those with more complex bookings, such as those where Avios was used as payment (과) those who are unable to use their vouchers online. Any eligible customers will be contacted shortly, if not already, to process their refund.’