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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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3.7 /5
Total reviews based on: 328
Dublin
Cape Town
Dublin - Cape Town International Airport ( DUB - CPT )
5.0 /5
flash
Date 2019-11-01 Location norrthern ireland Age 31-50 Class Economy

the cabin staff on the flight could not have been more help ful

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Newcastle
Heathrow - Newcastle International ( LHR - NCL )
5.0 /5
#Posh1
Date 2019-10-30 Location United Kingdom Age 51-70 Class Economy

Comfortable efficient flight

4.5 /5
2 reviews
Glasgow
Winnipeg
Glasgow Scotland - Winnipeg International ( GLA - YWG )
5.0 /5
JOY
Date 2019-10-28 Location UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

BA Straight through process is helpful when flying to central Canada with no direct flights.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Tokyo
Heathrow - Haneda ( LHR - HND )
3.0 /5
Juliet
Date 2019-10-28 Location Southampton Age 51-70 Class Economy

Weather played a part in delays on return journey. Could not be helped but was unpleasant

3.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Zurich
Heathrow - Zurich ( LHR - ZRH )
5.0 /5
Kk
Date 2019-10-22 Location London Age 51-70 Class Economy

The flight was on time, friendly staff

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Aberdeen
Minorca
Dyce - Minorca ( ABZ - MAH )
5.0 /5
Kemaggy
Date 2019-10-21 Location UK Age 51-70 Class Business Class

As always, fantastic service in Club Europe and the BA lounges were all great

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Glasgow
Gatwick - Glasgow Scotland ( LGW - GLA )
5.0 /5
Wofa
Date 2019-10-18 Location Ghana Age 51-70 Class Economy

It was amazing experience, keep up with the good work. Thanks.

3.2 /5
5 reviews
Livingstone
Johannesburg
Livingstone - OR Tambo International Airport ( LVI - JNB )
4.0 /5
Tynna
Date 2019-10-16 Location Zambia Age 31-50 Class Economy

Nothing much to say, but thankfully for your good services

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Faro
Heathrow - Faro ( LHR - FAO )
3.0 /5
Gina Roark
Date 2019-10-02 Location UK Age 31-50 Class Economy

I paid 411 pounds and there was nothing on board a vegan could eat. I was shocked that BA dont even offer customers a complimentary cup of tea. I expect low standards if I pay 60 pounds return on Ryanair but was very disappointed with our National Carrier

3.0 /5
3 reviews
Glasgow
London
Glasgow Scotland - Gatwick ( GLA - LGW )
5.0 /5
Shahid
Date 2019-10-01 Location Glasgow Age 31-50 Class Economy

Very good staff was very friendly left a bit late but got there on time got a ticket for £58 I think that was very good value

4.0 /5
3 reviews
London
Dubrovnik
Gatwick - Dubrovnik ( LGW - DBV )
1.0 /5
M
Date 2019-10-01 Location Age Class

I am sure it would have been an amazing flight but it was cancelled. It would be very helpful if you could tell me how I get my money back for the flight. Thank you very much for your help.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Muğla Dalaman
Gatwick - Dalaman Havalimani ( LGW - DLM )
3.0 /5
Richi
Date 2019-09-23 Location Age Class Economy

Average legroom and so average comfort.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Skiathos
London City - Skiathos ( LCY - JSI )
5.0 /5
Fluff
Date 2019-09-20 Location Uk Age 51-70 Class Economy

Helpful friendly staff on the aircraft, clean aircraft, all on time, good info from captain during the flight, good take if and landing on short runways. Our first experience of London city airport, a very good experience

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Arbil
London
Erbil International - Heathrow ( EBL - LHR )
4.0 /5
Ady
Date 2019-09-14 Location England Age 51-70 Class Economy

Flights were good return journey was complicated by an extra flight to Manchester

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Verona
Gatwick - Verona ( LGW - VRN )
2.0 /5
Lyn
Date 2019-09-14 Location Devon Age 51-70 Class Economy

2 hours late

2.0 /5
1 reviews

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