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British Airways cancelled my flight to the usa.I mistakenly

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British Airways cancelled my flight to the usa.I mistakenly thought my Esta was still valid with my new passport.I applied at the time and received a new Esta witrh my new passport.They would not accept it and refused to schedule me on the next flight.The reasons given were '' I did not have a valid ESTA '', Flights are allocated time space !! '',''check the terms and conditions on the ticket'' and ''claim through your travel insurance'' My answers are yes I did have an ESTA as I applied at the time.
The next flight still left me with plenty of time for my connecting flight. E Tickets which I received does not have terms and conditions on it.Finally they are at fault not my travel insurance comp[any. ADVISE PLEASE !!.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jenny replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. I am a bit confused about the position. You say that you thought your ESTA transfered but also say you applied for a new one. Did you have the correct ESTA at the time the flight was cancelled by them. Was it the entire flight or just your flights?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello Jenny. It was on the advice from the girl at the check-in desk to apply for the document and then return to her and she would book me in.So yes I did have an ESTA at the time they cancelled my whole flight.It was from Edinburgh to Washington Dc via London.It was the entire flight they cancelled.
Expert:  Jenny replied 2 years ago.
So how long before the flight did you have the valid Esta and were the airline aware of this?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My original flight time was 06:50 from Edinburgh.By the time I printed the new ESTA it was 06:28.On returning to the check-in desk they said the gate was closed ,did not offer me the next flight and sent me straight to customer services.
Expert:  Jenny replied 2 years ago.
I have just seen that you are based in Scotland so I will opt out for others to help you. Good luck.
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you.
I assume when you booked online you agreed to their terms? Did you know what the latest checkin time was?