While thousands of employees and crew have voted in favor of a series of well-timed British Airways strikes (potentially over the coming Easter holidays), the union has yet to set the strike dates. This means that passengers worried about being stranded as a result of flight delays or cancellations still have time to purchase travel insurance to protect themselves. Once the strike dates are announced, the strike is no longer an unforeseen event and it cannot be covered.
One report indicates that the British Airways strike action must take place between April 4th and the 25th. Travelers are encouraged to purchase travel insurance that specifically allows for strike action as a covered reason for claims including travel delays and trip cancellations.
Key points to understand
- If the travel insurance policy does not include strikes as a covered reason, you will not have coverage for potential losses should their flight or travel plans be disrupted.
- If you purchase the travel insurance policy after the strikes are announced, you will not have coverage for losses the occur as a result of the strike action.
British Airways has indicated it will update customers whose flights are affected using the methods of contact provided by the customers. This includes sending notices via e-mail, SMS, or phone. It’s vital that customers verify their contact information is updated in their booking details if they are to receive those notices.