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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

3.7 /5
Total reviews based on: 273
London
Malaga
Gatwick - Málaga ( LGW - AGP )
2.0 /5
Scott
Date 2019-09-09 Location Basingstoke Age 51-70 Class Economy

Plane was dirty. Coffee cold

3.8 /5
6 reviews
London
Dubai
Heathrow - Dubai International Airport ( LHR - DXB )
4.0 /5
sherry
Date 2019-09-05 Location uk Age 51-70 Class Economy

service excellent cost of return luggage extortionate

2.5 /5
4 reviews
Sofia
London
Sofia Intl - Heathrow ( SOF - LHR )
4.0 /5
Vince
Date 2019-09-05 Location England Age 51-70 Class Economy

A good return journey with no hiccups, good value for money booking and tracking was easy.

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Dublin
Gatwick - Dublin ( LGW - DUB )
4.0 /5
Kingy
Date 2019-08-25 Location Bromley Age 51-70 Class Economy

Actually flew with Aer Lingus but they were brilliant Attentive cabin staff. Comfortable seats and landed on time made for a good journey

4.0 /5
2 reviews
London
Glasgow
Heathrow - Glasgow Scotland ( LHR - GLA )
5.0 /5
Rankin
Date 2019-08-20 Location Orkney Age 51-70 Class Economy

Every thing was great apart from the delay on leaving air crew were great and friendly

5.0 /5
2 reviews
Accra
London
Kotoka - Heathrow ( ACC - LHR )
4.0 /5
Clare
Date 2019-08-20 Location Uk Age 31-50 Class Business Class

Passengers were very loud through too much alcohol!

3.0 /5
2 reviews
Johannesburg
Harare
OR Tambo International Airport - Harare ( JNB - HRE )
1.0 /5
None
Date 2019-08-15 Location UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

Our experience was herondeous. Our flight was overbooked so we got literally thrown out with no prior notice from the airline or their agent. We were booked into another flight departing at 14.00 hrs but was left uncared for until we boarded a 20.00 hrs flight to Harare thus missing our first meeting.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Ljubljana
Heathrow - Brnik ( LHR - LJU )
1.0 /5
Patrick
Date 2019-08-14 Location Germany Age 31-50 Class Economy

Our flight was delayed by 1.5h on either way to Ljubljana with British airways plus it had lots of Turbulence ! Something I also wasn’t aware that when you fly with ba these days you also have to pay for luggage to check in !If I wanted to pay for luggage then I would have flown easyJet !

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Belfast
London
Belfast City Apt - Heathrow ( BHD - LHR )
2.0 /5
Tina
Date 2019-08-13 Location Belfast Age 31-50 Class Economy

BA crew are staff are great but disabled assistance are useless at heathrow

4.4 /5
5 reviews
London
Stuttgart
Heathrow - Echterdingen ( LHR - STR )
5.0 /5
Michael
Date 2019-08-12 Location Esher Surrey Age 51-70 Class Economy

Great on time take off early landing.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Frankfurt
Heathrow - Frankfurt International ( LHR - FRA )
3.0 /5
Williams
Date 2019-08-12 Location Wales Age 51-70 Class Economy

I was very surprised that no complimentary teas/coffees were offered during the flights (return ticket : £325). Does BA now define itself as a budget airline??

3.0 /5
3 reviews
London
Nantes
Heathrow - Nantes Atlantique ( LHR - NTE )
5.0 /5
Jim
Date 2019-08-06 Location Age Class Economy

British Airways have always met my expectations

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Glasgow
London
Glasgow Scotland - Heathrow ( GLA - LHR )
4.0 /5
Wee Rab
Date 2019-08-05 Location Ayrshire Age 51-70 Class Economy

No suggestions everything went as planned.

4.3 /5
3 reviews
London
Toronto
Heathrow - Pearson International Airport ( LHR - YYZ )
2.0 /5
Deborah Henderson
Date 2019-08-04 Location Goring on Thames Age 51-70 Class Economy

I booked BA expecting to fly BA knowing its service quality food brand etc. There was no explanation as to why Air Belgium was the operator. I had a seat that mal functioned and was so small that the elbow of the big person sitting next to me kept digging into my ribs as I was sleeping. On the flight to Toronto my TV screen did not function so I could not watch any films. The cabin steward said nothing could be done about it - the TV screens of the last 10 rows on the flight did not function.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Jersey
Manchester
States - Manchester International ( JER - MAN )
1.0 /5
Miry
Date 2019-07-30 Location Jersey Age 31-50 Class Economy

Terrible our flight was delayed from Ansterdam to Manchester and our connection to Manchester to Jersey cancelled thankfully few of us managed (7) to have another connection to Exeter the same evening and the we had a flight to Jersey yesterday morning but the worse part of all of this is that Flybe sent the plane that supposed that they cancelled empty to Jersey because they put to much fuel.. what a waste of time resources and the most important they are damaging the environment why this companies are allow to do this I am sure they paid even more money putting all of us in hotels and paying for food and new flights instead of trying to give to manage to find another plane mo sense at all

1.0 /5
1 reviews
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