When a Schedule Change Really Isn’t a Schedule Change

Yesterday morning I received an email from British Airway advising me of a cancelled flight on an upcoming Thanksgiving itinerary I have booked (which I will be writing more about in the coming 2 weeks).

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Well, bummer. Eh, not really actually…it’s just an opportunity to take a more creative routing from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. 🙂

The email goes on to include details about the flight I was booked on, and the new flight they have put me on.

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Wait a second? The flight departure and arrival times are the same! Looking at this further, you can see that the only changes made were to the flight number and not actually the flight times. While BA 2292 was technically canceled, all that happened is that it was renumbered to BA 2290. In reality, the flight is operated by US Airways, but the British Airways flight number is listed as a oneworld codeshare.

So…here’s the moral of the story. When you receive an email advising that your flight has been canceled, don’t always assume there’s been a huge change. In this case, everything remains status quo.

That said, I wonder if I can call British Airways and tell them that the number 2290 is unlucky for me and I want to route through Dallas, which both legs on an angled-flat business class equipped 767. 🙂

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