After the difficulties I had finding accommodation this year (and ending up at a dreadful hotel, as I mentioned in an earlier post) I thought I’d better book a couple of trips to Scotland next year, and that is what I did a few weeks ago (and quite a few places are already full for most of the summer).
On my previous trips to the highlands of Scotland over the last few years I’ve been travelling by EasyJet from London Luton to Inverness (where I then sometimes hire a car). This usually works out cheaper (and a lot faster) than driving my own car there and and back and by getting a morning flight there and a late evening flight back, it means I can get a walk in on both the day I travel there and on the day I come home, making the most of my trip. The downside is it means I have to go to Luton Airport, which is a longer drive, the car park is mostly made of gravel and the airport itself is very poor and always a building site (EasyJet do also fly from London Gatwick to Inverness, but the times are not so good for me).
A few years ago British Airways resumed flying to Inverness from London Heathrow, (having previously abandonded the route sometime in the 1990s). Possibly as a result of the hacking incident with their website earlier this year the prices were cheaper than in previous years and pretty good. It takes me about half the time to get to Heathrow as it does to Luton, so I thought I’d give British Airways a try next year.
Of course, I should have known. This afternoon the following email arrived in my inbox.
It was shortly followed by a second email.
Well thank you for that British Airways. I booked 3 flights with British Airways in the last year. These two (which are now both cancelled). Unrelated to my coast walk earlier, I also booked a trip to Austria (in order to go walking in the beautiful Alps, I don’t just go to the coast!) and not long after I booked that flight I also got this email.
So that’s three flights in total I had booked with British Airways in the last year and all three were subsequently either cancelled or significantly changed. A poor show, British Airways and I guess after my experience going to Austria I should have known better than to entrust my travel plans again with our so called “flag carrier”. They clearly don’t bother to finalise their schedule before they start taking bookings for flights. Of course if I had made the booking myself and then subsequently decided I wanted to change to a later flight, I’d have to pay an admin fee. If British Airways want to change it, can I charge them an admin fee? Well of course, we all know the answer to that!
Along with the hacking incident British Airways had earlier this year, I’ve had enough of them. They cannot be trusted. I can only presume their pilots don’t like working mornings. I cancelled my flights with them and got a full refund (with no admin charge, because the change was as a result of British Airways). I booked again with EasyJet, as I should have done in the first place. And frankly when you look at these prices, it’s not hard to see why!
It’s a very long time indeed since I’ve seen an airline selling tickets for less than £5.
I only hope I don’t have my plans for next year changed again!