British Airways is giving all travellers impacted by last weekend's flight disruptions a free two-year extension of their British Airways Executive Club status.
The make-good gesture will sweep through the status of all BAEC members caught up in the delays and cancellations and see them retain that status through to at least May 2019 "as a gesture of goodwill," according to an email sent by BA to travellers.
"We’d like to renew your current tier status for a further two years, regardless of how many Tier Points you collect in that time."
If you were flying on British Airways last weekend (or trying to fly, as the case may be) but had the frequent flyer number of another airline such as a Oneworld partner listed in your booking, you may need to contact British Airways to chase up your status extension.
BA's grand gesture comes as the airline begins the slow road to recovering its reputation and travellers' confidence after a sudden shutdown of its IT systems – reportedly caused by a worker unplugging a power supply to a key data centre – delayed flights worldwide, with services out of London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports cancelled across the bank holiday long weekend.