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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.

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Latest customer reviews on British Airways flights

3.7 /5
Total reviews based on: 52
London
Malta
Gatwick - Luqa ( LGW - MLA )
5.0 /5
Andrew
Date 2019-02-14 City Southampton Age 51-70 Class Economy

I found checking in online more difficult because your confirmation did not make clear what ref to use fireach airline.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Edinburgh
London
Turnhouse - Heathrow ( EDI - LHR )
1.0 /5
mary
Date 2019-02-09 City uk Age 31-50 Class Economy

The connecting flights were too close with insufficient time to get from one to the other as gates are often closed well before scheduled flight time...leaving G no margin for errors like luggage issues.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Tirana
Gatwick - Rinas ( LGW - TIA )
4.0 /5
Tas
Date 2019-02-09 City Albania Age 31-50 Class Economy

Must have a access to pay bu Cash cos people doo not hold the bank acaunt with them . I was on of them

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Singapore
Heathrow - Singapore Changi Airport ( LHR - SIN )
1.0 /5
Finn's Mum
Date 2019-02-07 City Devon, Eb Age 31-50 Class Economy

Poor service and appaulling food

2.0 /5
2 reviews
Zurich
Manchester
Zurich - Manchester International ( ZRH - MAN )
1.0 /5
no
Date 2019-02-06 City Manchester UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

British Airways should not offer one-stop tickets with excessively tight connection times that they cannot process you through to your connection if they are even five minutes late.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester
London
Manchester International - Heathrow ( MAN - LHR )
4.0 /5
Peter Cruikshanks
Date 2019-02-05 City Wakefield Age 51-70 Class Economy

See comment on check in

2.5 /5
2 reviews
London
Rotterdam
London City - Rotterdam ( LCY - RTM )
5.0 /5
Saleh
Date 2019-02-03 City Dutch Age 31-50 Class Economy

I m so happy

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Bangkok
London
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Heathrow ( BKK - LHR )
1.0 /5
Nck
Date 2019-01-30 City United Kingdom Age 51-70 Class Economy

Never fly British Airways again. Paid hundreds of pounds extra for premium seat, still ended up in economy because in flight entertainment did not work in seat allocated. Wanted to reserve a seat, the reason for booking premium, never had the opportunity to reserve one.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Hong Kong
Heathrow - Hong Kong International Airport ( LHR - HKG )
2.0 /5
Lai
Date 2019-01-26 City Hong kong Age 51-70 Class Economy

Charge for the check in luggage, not reasonable and so expensive. Price need to be reduced or non charge

2.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Rome
Heathrow - Fiumicino ( LHR - FCO )
5.0 /5
Francis
Date 2019-01-24 Class Economy

My Return flight was cancelled by BA, and I was informed only the evening before. The next available flight was the next day and I had to pay for my own accommodation. I will be following up with BA on this. Not satisfied with that service.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Malaga
Heathrow - Málaga ( LHR - AGP )
3.0 /5
Tess
Date 2019-01-24 City Winchester Age 51-70 Class Business Class

The seats in business class were uncomfortable with very little leg room. The food was dried up and very small portions. No personalised TV screen. One of the worst business class airlines I have experienced.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Dublin
London
Dublin - Gatwick ( DUB - LGW )
5.0 /5
Shazza
Date 2019-01-20 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

Flawless!

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Bridgetown
Gatwick - Grantley Adams International ( LGW - BGI )
1.0 /5
Ravi
Date 2019-01-19 City London Age 51-70

Please call me I am disappointed on the whole experience on 07733111266 Thanks

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Cape Town
Johannesburg
Cape Town International Airport - OR Tambo International Airport ( CPT - JNB )
4.0 /5
Etienne
Date 2019-01-19 City Cape Town Age 51-70 Class Economy

Good

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Edinburgh
Gatwick - Turnhouse ( LGW - EDI )
4.0 /5
smoo
Date 2019-01-17 City edinburgh Age 51-70 Class Economy

Fine

4.0 /5
1 reviews
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