British Airways is the flag carrying airline of the United Kingdom, and prides itself on high standards of service. As one of only ten airlines to fly to all six inhabited continents, British Airways caters to both long haul and short haul passengers. Passengers flying from the UK to any international destination have to transfer in London, where the airline is based. Service with a smile and a lack of any hidden fees has ensured British Airways continuing popularity.
*Information on this page is correct as of June 2013
How to Check-in
Online check in is available from 24 hours before the flight is scheduled to depart, up until one hour before. You can either print your boarding card out at home to save time at the airport, or print it at a kiosk once you arrive. There’s also the option to check in via smartphone with BA2Go. From the mobile site you can email the boarding card to a fax machine or a computer with a printer. If you’re pressed for time, you can check in on the way to the airport and pick up your boarding card from a kiosk or at the check in desk. At the airport you can check in at a self serve kiosk using your booking reference, debit/credit card, or passport. Run through the touch screen options to print your boarding card. You can also check in the old fashioned way at the check in desk. This closes 45 minutes before your flight departs. If you check in online or at the kiosk, drop your hold luggage off at the bag drop desk. There’s an option to print luggage tags at the kiosk, too, to save even more time.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
Every passenger is allowed to bring one piece of luggage, plus a handbag or laptop case, into the cabin. The main piece of baggage should weigh 23kg or less, and have dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. You can check the size in the bag gauge at the airport. The laptop bag or handbag should have dimensions of 45cm x 36cm x 20cm or less, and must be able to fit underneath the seat in front. British Airways offer a “with-baggage” fare which includes one bag per person. This should weigh no more than 23kg and have dimensions no larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm. If you have not purchased a “with-baggage” fare, or you required extra baggage, you will need to purchase space for this at a rate of £36 if bought only or £40 if bought at the airport. (Please note these charges are for economy domestic and European flights, for details on other ticket types, please visit the airline directly).
Everyone can choose a seat for free during check in at the airport, or online. If you want a little more choice, you can reserve your seat in advance via the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the BA website. It’s possible to change your seat at any time, as long as the seat you want is still empty. Once you choose your seat, you will be told whether or not you have to pay for it. When it comes to comfort, economy seats are fairly average with between 31” to 34” of legroom and a seat width of 17” to 19”. The emergency exit rows have more legroom on long haul flights, and these can be pre-booked from two weeks before the flight to four days before at a cost of £50 per seat. If you do want to reserve an exit row seat, you must be able to help out in case of emergency by meeting certain criteria.
With British Airways, what you see is what you get. Booking fees are included in the price of the flight, so there are no extra admin fees when you purchase your flight.
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