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British Airways

About British Airways

British Airways is one of the most recognisable and respected names in the global aviation industry. It is synonymous with high standards, unbeatable service and reliability. Its fleet is the largest in the UK, specialising in long-haul flights in comfort. It operates the largest fleet of Boeing 747s and has even more of Boeing’s 777s, the world’s largest twinjet aircraft. So, when you consider a British Airways flight, expect comfort and relaxation no matter the length of your journey.

British Airways was a founding member of the Oneworld alliance, the third largest alliance of airlines in the world, offering competitive prices and benefits with its allied carriers. The airline itself was founded in 1973 and has since merged with Iberia in 2011, forming International Airlines Group, which boasts the third highest revenues of any airline group in the world. This led to greater cooperation on transatlantic routes with American Airlines. It has other subsidiary arrangements with airlines and providers across the world. Its most important routes to date include the Paris-JFK direct flight operating since 2012 and the stake Qatar Airways purchased in 2015, opening up better, more affordable routes to the Middle-East. Competition for its premier UK-USA routes from the likes of Virgin Atlantic ensure that British Airways constantly strives to maintain the best possible service at a competitive, affordable price. All this culminates in an airline which has enjoyed increasing passenger numbers (up 10 million over the last decade) as well as increasing profits (which have more than doubled in the same period, to £1.4 billion).

British Airway’s reward programme, Executive Club, is based on Avios. Avios can be earned on any flights within the Oneworld alliance, not just British Airways, and can be spent in the same way. The scheme also allows you to extend any earning to up to 6 relations who live with you, so any holidays or business trips you enjoy can be paid back to the whole family. Membership also offers many benefits and priority boarding and lounges. These range from standard priority boarding benefits all the way up to exclusive lounges inclusive of spa treatments, depending on the level of membership you decide.

How do I check in online with British Airways?

You can check in 24 hours before you fly, via the British Airways check-in app, online or at the airport. If using a digital method, you can download your boarding pass and print it. If this is lost, you can have it printed again at a kiosk. The app also allows you display this information directly on your device, making its loss much less likely. If you are checking in at the airport, you’ll need your booking reference or relevant identification (passport, or Executive Club membership card). It should be noted that if you are travelling from London Gatwick before 15:15 you can check in the day before, for free, if you visit their kiosk. All boarding closes from 45 minutes before take off, so to avoid disappointment check in early!

Basic tickets on British Airways come with seat allocation at check in. So, if you are someone who needs to reserve a seat you can pay to reserve a seat up until check in opens by accessing you booking online, or calling British Airways. Depending on your membership benefits for the Executive Club, you may be able to get a range of free seat allocation, sometimes right from when you book (Gold membership) through to 24 hours before departure (the lowest level of Blue membership).

A nice feature offered is a training course for nervous flyers, which might mean that where you sit is less of an issue. However, anyone who does feel nervous about a flight is recommended to sit towards the centre of the cabin, so as to avoid the worst effects of turbulence, etc.

What is my checked baggage allowance on British Airways?

The British Airways baggage policy is generous. Checked baggage can measure 90 cm x 75 cm x 43 cm and weigh up to 23 kg-32 kg, depending on the route you take. Fees can vary, again depending on the route flown. This is based on a single checked baggage suitcase per flyer. Excess baggage also has attached fees. Executive membership benefits, depending on level, range from 1 free 23 kg bag, up to 3 x 32 kg bags.

For musical instruments, sports equipment and other unusual baggage, British Airways is able to cater up to 45 kg and measuring 190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm. Such baggage will need to be booked well in advance, and should be done so via their dedicated airline contact service.

What hand luggage can I take on British Airways?

The British Airways hand luggage allowance is similarly generous. There is no fee for a single piece of cabin baggage within the size restrictions 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm and weighing less than 23 kg. Any sizes or weights above this may still be taken on board, but will incur additional fees. The standard restrictions on liquids (including liquid foodstuffs, such as soups) apply - so nothing over 100ml and it must be in a sealed, transparent container. However, infant milk and baby food is not affected by such restrictions.

Latest customer reviews on British Airways flights

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3.6 /5
Total reviews based on: 475
Manchester
Durban
Manchester International - Durban International Airport ( MAN - DUR )
5.0 /5
Craig
Date 2020-03-27 Location Nottingham Age 31-50 Class Economy

Everything went perfect, couldn't fault anything.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Leeds Bradford
Harare
Leeds Bradford - Harare ( LBA - HRE )
5.0 /5
Me Choks
Date 2020-03-23 Location Ls8 Leeds Age 51-70 Class Economy

The trip was very nice both ways, and food saved was too good, at a right time.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Inverness
London
Inverness - Heathrow ( INV - LHR )
1.0 /5
Sandy
Date 2020-03-22 Location Age Class

Did not happen, your insurance did not cover. Will not use yoi agaim.

2.0 /5
3 reviews
Jersey
London
States - Gatwick ( JER - LGW )
4.0 /5
?
Date 2020-03-20 Location London Age 51-70 Class Economy

Just a normal flight

4.6 /5
7 reviews
El Paso, TX
Newcastle
El Paso International Airport - Newcastle International ( ELP - NCL )
5.0 /5
shann
Date 2020-03-18 Location uk Age Under 30 Class Economy

flight and times were very good no problems everything went perfectly

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Barcelona
London
El Prat - Gatwick ( BCN - LGW )
1.0 /5
Muki
Date 2020-03-16 Location London uk Age 51-70 Class Economy

Very poor service. No announcements. Could have atleast given free water! Big delays and no yodates on flight details

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Amsterdam
Heathrow - Schiphol ( LHR - AMS )
1.0 /5
Warren
Date 2020-03-13 Location everywhere Age 31-50 Class Economy

booking was incorect , booking was given to me a week later so when i got to the airport had to purchace another ticket to get back to london on time ( ticket not used return ) not refunded either ). pay for water on airoplane not acseptable

3.5 /5
4 reviews
London
Manchester
Heathrow - Manchester International ( LHR - MAN )
4.0 /5
Segun
Date 2020-03-11 Location Nigeria Age 51-70 Class Economy

Great floght

3.0 /5
3 reviews
London
Dubai
Heathrow - Dubai International Airport ( LHR - DXB )
5.0 /5
Pako Don
Date 2020-03-02 Location London Age 51-70 Class Economy

Although I paid too much for the flight it was all in all a good experience. The service was good and food on board was not bad either. BA changing for the better.

3.1 /5
7 reviews
Cape Town
Durban
Cape Town International Airport - Durban International Airport ( CPT - DUR )
3.0 /5
Bob
Date 2020-02-27 Location United Kingdom Age 51-70 Class Economy

Nice flight. Comfortable plane. Some friendly staff,some grumpy. Food was cold. Got me to my destination,so , happy with that 👌

2.0 /5
2 reviews
Leeds Bradford
London
Leeds Bradford - Heathrow ( LBA - LHR )
1.0 /5
Marie
Date 2020-02-27 Location Yorkshire Age Over 70 Class

What an audacity asking about my trip to London when the flight was cancelled. All I ask now is for a refund please. I doubt I shall fly again! Would be far ni er to travel by railroad. To the city. British Airways is a disgrace in every sense of the word. What I have written is enough said ....return journey was as much as a nightmare ...flight delayed....3 times.not easy when one uses crutches...it was more of a struggle than a pleasure.

3.0 /5
5 reviews
London
Phuket
Heathrow - Phuket International Airport ( LHR - HKT )
5.0 /5
miraoon
Date 2020-02-20 Location poland Age 31-50 Class Economy

I bought the ticket at British Airways but the flight operator was Qatar airways. I'm happy

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Melbourne
London
Melbourne Airport - Heathrow ( MEL - LHR )
2.0 /5
Abz
Date 2020-02-18 Location Australia Age Under 30 Class Economy

More leg space please, My needs were hitting the person in front the entire time and i ended up with knee pain for 3 days after the flight.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Inverness
Durban
Inverness - Durban International Airport ( INV - DUR )
5.0 /5
Mel
Date 2020-02-15 Location Inverness Age 31-50 Class Economy

A little disappointing food and drink were chargeable on the London to Inverness flight.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Abuja
London
Abuja - Heathrow ( ABV - LHR )
4.0 /5
Llybooty
Date 2020-02-12 Location Edo state Age 31-50 Class

It was beautiful and awesome

4.0 /5
1 reviews

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