More Great News For BA Travellers

British Airways have recently announced plans to streamline the way passengers will be able to book luggage onto their flights.

Previously B.A had two types of fares, ‘Hand Baggage Only’ or ‘With Checked Bag’. However, where matters got complicated was that each of those fares could be booked with three different levels of flexibility… ‘Standard’, ‘Semi-Flex’ and ‘Fully-Flex’ depending on whether you needed the ability to change your flights or not, thus giving people a total of six options.

In a recent press release the airline revealed that following customer feedback they intended to offer just three fare types going forward, each of which would have increasing flexibility depending on passengers needs… ‘Hand Baggage Only’, With Checked Bag’ and ‘Fully Flex’.

Hand Baggage Only

  • Standard hand baggage allowance (i.e. no checked baggage allowance)
  • Seating to be allocated at check-in or through paid for seat selection
  • Flight changes to be made for free (plus any cost difference in the fare of course)

With Checked Bag

  • Includes a 23kg Checked Baggage allowance plus the standard hand baggage allowance
  • Free seat selection from 48 hours prior to departure
  • Free flight changes on the day of departure, up to one hour before scheduled flight time
  • No change fees (although a fare difference may apply if the flight is changed before day of departure)

Fully-Flex

  • Fully refundable flights
  • Includes 23kg Checked Bag allowance and standard hand baggage allowance as above
  • Passengers will be able to book seats for free at the time of booking
  • Free flight changes on the day of departure, up to one hour before scheduled flight time
  • No change fees (although a fare difference may apply if the flight is changed before day of departure)

Please note that the above options are only available on short haul flights and on UK domestic routes Fully Flex will be called Business UK. Those fares also include access to British Airways lounges and Priority boarding.

Club Europe fares are unaffected.

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