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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BA Preorder Food

Pre-Order meals on Birtish Airways Midhaul Flights

Customers flying mid haul in British Airways premium cabins can now pre-order their main in-flight meal up to 24 hours before they fly from London Heathrow. The new service, already enjoyed by those travelling long haul, allows customers to select their main meal via the Manage my Booking page at ba.com within 30 days of their flight’s departure, with starters and dessert choices continuing to be taken on board. Those who choose not to take advantage of the service can continue to choose their preferences on board as usual.

This service applies to premium cabins on British Airways midhaul routes, with excpetion of Moscow. For more information, please contact JTA Travel Management on 0121 508 5544

FREE Upgrade to BA First

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Now is your chance to experience in First, the height of British Airways luxury. This unforgettable experience is available for free when you book selected return flights in Club World.

The First cabin allows you to relax in exclusive First lounges and enjoy complimentary spa treatments before their flight. Once on board, you can unwind in the comfort and privacy of your own spacious on-board suite with fully flat bed and dedicated service.

This offer is available on as many flights as you like when you travel outbound by 9 April 2016 and return by 16 April 2016. Contact JTA Travel Management for further information, terms and conditions.

To make arrivals easier British Airways announced new e-passport gates at Terminal 5.

There are 15 e-passport gates currently opened at London Heathrow Terminal 5, which allows quicker process for customers to get through the UK border control. Travellers can simply scan their e-passport at the barrier, during which the system will run face recognition check. Once the system finds them eligible to enter, gates will automatically open, letting travellers in. The only requirements are for travellers to be over 18 and carrying an e-passport that shows the ‘chip’ logo on the front, which was issued by European Economic Area or Switzerland.

Changes to BA “On Business” loyalty programme

Starting from 27 May 2015 BA will be introducing new methods of earning and redeeming Avios to its “On Business” programme members. As part of the changes earning points will be based on the amount spent on tickets instead of depending on the distance travelled. The airline announced it will be closing the current programme on 24 May 2015 at 23:59 with all points balances to be doubled during the transfer.

BA to introduce new Business Class amenity kits

As British Airways introduces improved Business Class amenity kits, Club World passengers are soon to enjoy an improved selection of products allowing them to arrive to their destination refreshed and revitalised.

Containing Elemis products, including pro collagen marine cream, pro radiance hand and nail cream and lip balm, as well as an eye mask, socks, a pen, earplugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste, the new Club World is thoughtfully designed to also be used as a bag to hold loose items.

BA meal pre-order service now available on more routes

As of 05 February 2015 British Airways extended its recently-launched meal pre-order service to be available on more routes from London Heathrow, including flights to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Houston, Austin and San Diego.

Starting from 01 March 2014, the airline will also be launching the service on flights between London Heathrow and Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.

As the airline extends the service, BA’s First, Club World and World Traveller passengers will soon be able to pre-order their meals on a selection of 21 routes.

BA to switch to Gatwick South Terminal in 2016

British Airways customers will have an opportunity to take advantage of direct access to trains to and from central London as the airline announces it will be moving to Gatwick’s South Terminal in November 2016. A new BA check-in area and Executive Club lounge will be constructed at the South Terminal as part of the move. Currently the airline operates from Gatwick’s North Terminal.

Find out more about the new BA lounge at Schiphol

With the opening of the new refurbished British Airways lounge at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, customers can now take advantage of an improved range of facilities.

Designed by international interiors group Graven, the lounge benefits from elegant and contemporary design featuring Boss and Morgan furnishings, Foscarini and Mooi Sphere lighting and more.

The lounge offers guests an opportunity to relax and enjoy some light bites as well as complementary wines, spirits and soft drinks at the new deli area. While those in the mood for work can take advantage of wireless printing and the availability of power points at most of the seats.