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The purchasing of a ticket these days is not a simple as one might think. Gone are the days of just booking a ticket in one of four seating groups: economy, premium economy, business and first class. With the advent of variable ticket pricing, understanding has become a little bit more complicated.  

Within each seating group is a what is called a fare class (often also referred to as a fare bucket) with airlines operating twenty of more ticketing classes across the four groups.

Furthermore, within each fare class is an alphanumeric fare basis codes which are the individual constructions of the ticket when factoring in airline fare rules.

British Airways Travel Classes

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British Airways operates a typical 2 cabin seating arrangement when travelling in Europe and a 3 or 4 cabin configuration when travelling to places further afield – usually the seating arrangements are dictated by the 2,000 mile rule

Travelling in Europe

Travellers in Europe can pick between two travel classes – Economy and (European) Business. With British airways, their European product is designated Euro Traveller and Club Europe respectively for Economy and Business.

Euro Traveller

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Euro Traveller features leather seats, M&S on-board and on some flights Wi-Fi.

Club Europe

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Club Europe features the same benefits as Euro Traveller but with access to departures lounges and complimentary food and drink service on-board.

Travelling Outside Europe

Travellers to the rest of the world can pick between 3 or 4 travel classes on a flight – the difference being that some flights do not offer a First Class product. With British airways, their International product is designated World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World and First respectively for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class.

World Traveller

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Economy offers a standard product and is primarily aimed at offering a consistent product in multiple fare classes to meet the varying needs of the international traveller.

World Traveller Plus

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World Traveller plus is a variant on the standard Economy Class with a longer pitch (more legroom) and a wider seat, it is ideal as a mid way between Business and Economy Class

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While one of the oldest Business Classes in the air (being the first ever product to introduce flat beds in Business Class) it holds its own with exceptional service.

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First is British Airways most luxurious product on offer. It the benefits of the product extend from not only when you are in the air but also on the ground before and after your flight.

What is a Fare Class (Selling Class)

A fare class (also known as a selling class) is effectively a subgroup of the Travel Class. A fare class is designated a letter and the common split is between a low fare and a flexible fare.

However, to complicate matters further, each airline runs its own lettering system so knowing one airlines fare class structure may not benefit you with another airline.

Airlines will release seats on a plane at different fare prices – a fare range will typically decrease in price but increase in the number of restrictions placed on it. In doing so, an airline will band a number of similar ticket prices together to create a fare class. In practical terms, fare classes are more commonly used by airline reservation systems or travel agents to sell seats on a plane with different requirements such as cancellation terms and rebooting flexibility.

Fare classes come with different rules such as:

  • hand baggage allowances;
  • permitted routings;
  • number of stop overs;
  • change and cancellation rules; and
  • minimum stay requirements (usually used to denote business and leisure travellers).

What this means is that if you take an economy ticket, it can give a quick indication as to how many tier points and Avios a ticket will earn you even though everyone will be sitting in the same seat.

The British Airways Fare Class

Earning rates on fare class.

British Airways divides its tickets in nine different ways, often offering ‘lowest’ and ‘flexible’ tickets in each cabin class – Economy has an extra class called ‘low’ slightly less tier points than a fully flexible ticket.

Each of these categories comes with at least one designation letter, though some come with many more. Here’s the full list, including how many Avios you will earn if your ticket falls into that category:

  • Economy lowest – Q, O, G – 25% Avios of miles flown
  • Economy low – K, L, M, N, S, V – 50% Avios
  • Economy flexible – Y, B, H – 100% Avios

Premium Economy

  • Premium Economy lowest – E, T – 100% Avios
  • Premium Economy flexible – W – 150% Avios

Business Class

  • Business lowest – R, I – 150% Avios
  • Business flexible – J, C, D – 250% Avios

First Class

  • First lowest – A – 250% Avios
  • First flexible – F – 300% Avios

Fare Class Letters Explained?

While some fare classes have meanings assigned to their letters, some are arbitrary and help segment a travellers flexibility, here are some with meanings behind them

  • BA Fare Class G – Fare Class G is reserved for “Group” bookings whether that is simply a group booking at a reduced rate, or, it could mean travel agents who have taken a set number of seats on a flight to BA internal staff members who booked reduce fares and are placed in the lowest fare class.
  • BA Fare Class P – Fare Class P is reserved for Premium Economy redemption’s
  • BA Fare Class U – Fare Class U can mean two things, either an Avios redemption in Business Class or a paid “Upgrade” to business class
  • BA Fare Class X – Fare Class X is reserved for Economy redemption’s
  • BA Fare Class Z – Fare class Z is reserved for First Class Avios redemption’s

How to Find the British Airways Fare class

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British Airways make it easy to see your fare class whether during the booking process or finding out after you have booked.

Before you book

On the ba website.

Once you have selected your flights and cabin class, you will see a small “flight details” link below the flight time and operating airline. This will pull out the flight information as well as the selling classes in the popup.

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On ITA Matrix

Alternatively it is possible to search for a fare code through ITA Matrix by entering the flight details.

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After you have booked

Alternatively, you can see your fare class in ‘Manage My Booking’. Under the flight details drop down, there is a link to ‘More Flight Information’, which triggers a pop-up with the aircraft type, flight duration and other flight details and your ‘selling class’, which is you fare class.

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The Complete Guide to British Airways Fare Classes (a.k.a. Fare Buckets)

What are fare classes.

Fare classes are the different letters that represent a price of a ticket. You will see these represented in a variety of ways through different means, such as in Manage My Booking:

or in Expert Flyer.

or in Matrix.

Chances are if you are using Expert Flyer or Matrix though, you will probably already know about Fare Classes and just want to know how many Avios or Tier Points you will be earning. Feel free to skip ahead!

What is the difference between Fare Class and Travel Class?

“Travel class” is which cabin you are flying in. First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy or Economy Class.

“Fare class” is what specific price your ticket is purchased at, and the restrictions imposed on it, represented by the letters mentioned throughout this post.

What Fare Classes does British Airways have?

There are a myriad of fare classes, which can be confusing for those who do not (yet) know how British Airways prices their tickets.

As with most other airlines, usually the more expensive the ticket the more flexibility it buys in terms of advance purchase requirements, ability to change flights, refunds on cancellations, shorter minimum stays and longer maximum stays. And in the lower travel classes, you need to be buying more expensive fare classes in order to be able to upgrade

At the more extreme levels of pricing, you may sometimes find that fares in a higher travel class are actually cheaper than buying in a lower travel class. E.g. non-refundable business class cheaper than fully-flexible premium economy.

First Class :

From most to least expensive: F, A

Club World / Europe (business class) :

From most to least expensive: J, C, D, R, I

World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) ,

From most to least expensive: W, E, T

World/Euro Traveller (Economy) :

From most to least expensive: Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N, Q, O, G – Note that G is specifically reserved for Travel Agents (including BA Flights and Holidays) or BA staff bookings.

Which Fare Classes do redemptions book into?

Avios or other partner airline redemptions book into the following fare classes

  • First Class: Z
  • Club World/Europe (business class): U 
  • World Traveller Plus (premium economy): P
  • World/Euro Traveller (economy): X

How Many Avios and Tier Points will I earn?

For slightly easier formatting, and to ensure up-to-date information, I advise going directly to one of the following:

  • British Airways Avios and Tier Points Earnings Tables
  • British Airways Avios and Tier Points Earning Calculator

The latter being good if you have a specific route in mind, and will also calculate the bonus Avios you get if you have Bronze, Silver or Gold British Airways Executive Club status.

But to make this a one-stop shop…

First Class:

  • F – 300% Flown Distance. Minimum 1250 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • A – 250% Flown Distance. Minimum 1250 Avios, 100% Tier points

Club World / Europe (Business Class):

  • J – 250% Flown Distance. Minimum 1250 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • C – 250% Flown Distance. Minimum 1250 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • D – 250% Flown Distance. Minimum 1250 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • R – 150% Flown Distance. Minimum 750 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • I – 150% Flown Distance. Minimum 750 Avios, 100% Tier points

World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy):

  • W – 150% Flown Distance. Minimum 750 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • E – 100% Flown Distance. Minimum 500 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • T – 100% Flown Distance. Minimum 500 Avios, 100% Tier points

World / Euro Traveller (Economy Class):

  • Y – 100% Flown Distance. Minimum 500 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • B – 100% Flown Distance. Minimum 500 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • H – 100% Flown Distance. Minimum 500 Avios, 100% Tier points
  • K – 50% Flown Distance. Minimum 250 Avios, 50% Tier points
  • M – 50% Flown Distance. Minimum 250 Avios, 50% Tier points
  • L – 50% Flown Distance. Minimum 250 Avios, 50% Tier points
  • V – 50% Flown Distance. Minimum 250 Avios, 50% Tier points
  • S – 50% Flown Distance. Minimum 250 Avios, 50% Tier points
  • N – 50% Flown Distance. Minimum 250 Avios, 50% Tier points
  • Q – 25% Flown Distance. Minimum 125 Avios, 25% Tier points
  • O – 25% Flown Distance. Minimum 125 Avios, 25% Tier points
  • G – 25% Flown Distance. Minimum 125 Avios, 25% Tier points

As with most airlines, redemptions do not earn any Avios. This includes V  fares which Gold members can sometimes book into as a reward fare.

Bronze members get 25% extra Avios, Silver gets 50% extra Avios and Gold gets 100% extra Avios. This is calculated in addition to the Avios earned in the fare class calculations above.

Bottom Line

Understanding British Airways' fare classes is important for knowing how many Avios and Tier Points you will earn. If you are coming from Star Alliance or Skyteam you will also notice that the order of the letters is different, so take note!

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Hey Tim – booked and paid for Club World, and upgraded to First, but the class is now showing as Z. Seems that it doesn’t earn anything… thoughts?

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British airways' world traveller plus premium economy cabin: everything you need to know.

A look at the UK flag carrier's premium economy offering.

Today we will look at British Airways World Traveller Plus premium economy and see what it offers and if it is worth the extra money. While the concept of a premium economy cabin may sound relatively new, the idea of providing a nicer economy cabin has been around for just over 30 years. Taiwanese carrier EVA Air introduced premium economy seating on its Boeing 747-400s. Instead of calling it premium economy EVA Air called it "Evergreen Class."

EVA Air's upgraded economy seating did not go unnoticed by other airlines and was soon copied by the United Kingdom-based airline Virgin Atlantic in 1992. British Airways did not want to be outdone by a rival and created its premium economy product shortly afterward.

Premium economy allows you a free second suitcase

Before we talk more about British Airways World Traveller Plus premium economy, it's worth pointing out that "economy" is the key word here. While you may have a slightly bigger, more comfortable, reclining seat and extra legroom, it is in no way comparable to flying business class.

There are, however, advantages to flying premium economy over regular economy. The first is being able to check in a second suitcase for free. British Airways would charge extra for a second bag, which, in some cases, may result in the same total price as what it would cost you to book premium economy.

A friend recently flew on TAP Portugal from Miami to Lisbon and needed to bring two suitcases. When he saw what the Portuguese carrier wanted for the second piece of luggage, it was a no-brainer upgrading to premium economy as it was nearly the same price.

Wider seats and more legroom

British Airways premium economy passengers also get priority boarding which means you are in tier three, with first and business class passengers boarding first. British Airways' World Traveller Plus cabin is between business and economy classes and configured in a 2+4+2 layout.

It offers 18.5-inch seats with an 8% recline, which is great for sleeping but not so good if the person in front of you wants to recline fully, as it intrudes on your personal space. Each seat has individual charging points, and legroom is a generous 38 inches with a footrest. Each seat has a 10.6-inch inflight entertainment screen allowing you to watch hundreds of the latest movies and TV shows.

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WiFi is available on British Airways flights, but sadly even though you are flying in World Traveller Plus, you still have to pay for it. World Traveller Plus passengers also get noise-canceling headphones and an amenity kit. Unfortunately, the World Traveller Plus cabin has no restrooms, so you share the toilets with economy passengers.

Food and drinks

World Traveller Plus passengers are offered a welcome aboard drink: water, orange juice, or sparkling wine. Meals vary depending on the time of the day. If you are flying from New York to London, for example, flights are generally in the evening so you arrive in the UK early in the morning.

After taking off, the cabin crew comes round with the drink trolley, and then a little while later, the meal service begins. If you expect to get the kind of food served in business class, you will be disappointed as it is only marginally better than what is provided in economy. Later in the flight, before landing, a second meal service is given, which is more like a snack than a meal.

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Flying in economy just isn't what it used to be. Over the decades, many airlines have reduced legroom, squeezed more seats into each row and cut back on services. Many travelers can't afford to pay for business class, but there is a Goldilocks middle ground: premium economy. Arguably, one of the better premium economy products available is British Airways premium economy, also known as World Traveller Plus.

Let's take a look at British Airways' premium economy, including what you'll find onboard, how the experience differs from economy and how you can save money on these seats.

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British Airways’s premium economy class is called World Traveller Plus. The other classes on its flights include economy (Euro Traveller and World Traveller) , business class and first class.

World Traveller Plus is situated in its own separate cabin, which is closer to the front of the plane than economy. The seats are wider and offer more legroom than the seats in economy. In addition, passengers receive priority boarding, a more generous baggage allowance, two meals, complimentary alcoholic beverages, noise-canceling headphones for the personal entertainment system and an amenity kit.

» Learn more: The guide to British Airways classes

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For many passengers, the main reason to book premium economy instead of economy is the larger seats. And British Airways certainly delivers in this regard.

Compared with economy, British Airways World Traveller Plus gives you more space in all directions — more seat width, legroom and recline. Tall passengers can rejoice: British Airways premium economy provides 7 inches of additional legroom — measuring 38 inches of pitch vs. just 31 inches of pitch in economy.

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In addition to a substantial recline, British Airways premium economy seats offer a fold-out leg rest and a fold-down footrest.

Throughout the cabin, you'll find a large, fixed armrest between each seat. Although this slightly reduces seat width, it means that you shouldn't need to battle your neighbor for control of the armrest. At the front of each armrest, a cup tray provides enough space for two glasses. And you'll find a water bottle holder between the footrests in each seat pairing.

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Depending on the aircraft type, the British Airways premium economy cabin is either arranged 2-3-2 or 2-4-2. This means there are two seats by the windows and three or four seats in the middle column of seats. This arrangement makes British Airways premium economy a great option for couples traveling together who prefer to have their own two-seat row.

Each British Airways premium economy seat has a large, bright 12-inch touchscreen with seemingly endless entertainment options. This is a substantial upgrade from what British Airways offered prior to a recent cabin refresh.

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Below the in-flight entertainment screen, British Airways installed a storage tray. This provides a convenient place to store your phone, passport, boarding pass or other items you want nearby — but not in your pockets — while in-flight.

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» Learn more: Basic economy vs. main cabin

In addition to bigger and better seats, British Airways provides notably better food and drink service in premium economy compared to economy.

This elevated service starts before the wheels even leave the ground. Flight attendants pass through the cabin offering pre-departure beverages of orange juice or water, served in real glassware. Although sparkling wine is available in-flight, it's not available on the ground in the World Traveller Plus cabin.

In-flight, British Airways advertises that World Traveller Plus passengers get "two delicious meals, complimentary bar service including signature cocktails (or mocktail)."

Here's what that looks like in practice.

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Flight attendants pass through the cabin shortly after takeoff to provide a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. In my experience, flight attendants proactively provide doubles of alcoholic beverages. Plus, you'll get a choice of wine to go with your dinner.

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For meal choices, menus aren't provided to passengers. Instead, flight attendants note the meal options as they pass through the cabin. British Airways offers two options — typically one vegetarian and one meat-based meal. Meals are generally served with a salad, a packaged roll, a dessert and a choice between several types of wines — typically two reds and two whites.

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While the first meal is hot and meets premium economy standards, the second is generally a cold, packaged meal served in a brown paper bag. Although perfectly adequate, I haven't found this meal to be particularly "delicious" — falling short of what British Airways advertises.

British Airways premium economy doesn't just provide bigger seats and better meals. British Airways World Traveller Plus passengers also get better amenities and additional perks like priority boarding.

British Airways premium economy amenity kit, pillow and blanket

At boarding, World Traveller Plus seats are typically stocked with a small pillow, blanket and a plastic-wrapped package including noise-canceling headphones and an amenity kit.

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The British Airways premium economy amenity kit includes socks, an eye mask, lip balm, a pen, a toothbrush and toothpaste. Earplugs are available on request.

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Other perks of British Airways premium economy

Extra baggage allowance: British Airways premium economy typically allows two free checked bags at no additional cost. Comparatively, some British Airways economy fares are "hand baggage only" and charge up to $175 each way for two checked bags.

Priority boarding: British Airways World Traveller Plus passengers board no later than Group 3 boarding. Meanwhile, economy boarding groups stretch to Group 9.

Universal power outlets: The recent refresh to British Airways economy cabins only provides USB power outlets in economy. However, you'll still find two universal power outlets between each pairing of World Traveller Plus seats in addition to a USB outlet.

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Unsurprisingly, you can expect to pay more than economy — but less than business class — if you want to fly in the premium economy cabin on British Airways.

We did a fare search for a roundtrip flight from New York-John F. Kennedy to London and found that on the 7:35 p.m. flight, premium economy ($1,162) is more than double the cost of economy ($532) and only slightly cheaper than business class ($1,222).

A flight departing just 30 minutes later (and landing in London-Gatwick) was an even worse deal, offering a $608 premium economy seat, which was nearly triple the cost of economy ($233). Business class was significantly more expensive at nearly $3,000.

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On the return leg, premium economy was $851, compared to $504 in economy and $1,540 in business class.

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If you chose the more affordable outgoing option in premium economy, you’d be looking at $1,459 total for the round-trip flight, compared to $737 in economy. The cheapest round-trip business class option would cost $2,762.

There are a few ways to save money when booking the Traveller Plus cabin on British Airways.

1. Get $65-$200 off as an AARP member

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If you’re a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), when you book a roundtrip transatlantic flight on British Airways, you can save $65 off economy or premium economy seats and $200 off business class. Although $65 isn’t a huge discount, it could help offset the difference between economy and premium economy.

Although AARP is a nonprofit organization that offers money-saving benefits for Americans over 50, you do not need to be 50 to join. You just need to sign up and the benefits are yours to enjoy. The standard cost of the membership ranges is $16 per year, but the price could be lower depending on how long you want to commit.

Check Cashback Monitor to see if there are any shopping portals offering bonus points for signing up for an AARP membership.

2. Book a British Airways flight through a shopping portal

Another way to save money on your premium economy fare on British Airways is to purchase the ticket through a shopping portal. Browse through Cashback Monitor to see what the current savings are.

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The search result shows that Top Cashback is offering up to 1.51% cash back on British Airways. However, you need to look at the details to make sure that the flight qualifies for the discount.

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Clicking on the Top Cashback link shows that the discount on long-haul flights is only 1.01%. So, if you were to book a $1,000 premium economy ticket and click through Top Cashback, you would earn $10.10 in cash, which isn’t much but still provides some savings.

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3. Use a British Airways credit card to save 10% and statement credits

The British Airways Visa Signature® Card offers several money saving perks on purchase of British Airways flights.

Cardholders get a 10% discount on all British Airways flights originating in the U.S. You would need to book the flight on ba.com/chase10 and use the promotion code CHASEBA10. Assuming you book a $1,000 premium economy ticket, you’d save $100 off that flight.

Cardholders who book award flights to London can earn statement credits of $100 in economy and premium economy and $200 in first and business class. The statement credits can be earned three times per year, maxing out at $600. To earn the credits, cardholders will need to use the British Airways Visa Signature® Card to pay for award taxes, fees and carrier surcharges on the award flight.

This is a useful benefit, especially since taxes and fuel surcharges on British Airways award tickets can be extraordinarily high.

If you have British Airways Avios, you can also use those points to book an award flight. Here’s an example flight search from New York-JFK to London-Heathrow showing three available classes:

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If we compare the pricing, in economy, the ticket costs 25,000 Avios + $100 in taxes. Premium economy costs 42,500 Avios + $280 in taxes. British Airways adds on high taxes and fuel surcharges so you’ll need to weigh the price in miles (+ taxes) against a cash ticket.

Using our $608 premium economy flight example from above, if you were to pay for this seat in Avios, you’d extract 0.8 cent per mile ($608 - $280 / 42,500). NerdWallet values British Airways Avios at 0.8 cent per mile when redeemed for economy fares. This probably isn’t the highest value per point you’ll find at the premium economy level, but it’s about the same number of points that you would expect to pay in economy. If the flight in cash was more expensive, using Avios for the award ticket would be much more justifiable.

Another factor to consider is that British Airways used a distance based award chart , so the cost of the flight in Avios will depend on how far away your origin is from your destination.

» Learn more: The guide to British Airways Executive Club

British Airways premium economy is found on all long-haul international aircraft. This includes British Airways:

Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Airbus A380-800 aircraft.

Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 aircraft.

Boeing 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft.

British Airways passengers can upgrade to premium economy using cash or Avios — either in advance or at the airport. However, you cannot purchase an upgrade once onboard. The cash upgrade price generally depends on the route and availability. However, Avios upgrade prices are set based on the Avios award price difference between the two cabins.

» Learn more: How (and why) to upgrade your British Airways flight using Avios

Thanks to a recent cabin refresh, the British Airways cabin now appears fresh and sharp. British Airways premium economy consists of four to nine rows of seating — depending on the aircraft — and is found between the business class and economy cabins. Each row is configured with two window seats on each side and either three or four seats in the middle section.

Yes, British Airways premium economy earns more British Airways Avios — or miles if you credit flights to another mileage program. When crediting flights to the British Airways Executive Club, you'll earn Avios at a rate of 100% or 150% of the flight miles, depending on the fare you book. Comparatively, you earn as few as 25% of flight miles when booking economy fares.

Likewise, American Airlines flyers earn up to four times more base AAdvantage miles when booking premium economy than economy. Since Loyalty Points are based on mileage earnings, you'll also earn quadruple the elite status credits. These extra miles and elite status credits can help justify the increased cost of premium economy for those debating if it's worth upgrading.

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British Airways premium economy represents a significant step up from economy. You'll get a bigger seat with extra legroom and recline. Plus, passengers get better food and drink options along with extra perks like priority boarding and extra baggage allowance. And mileage collectors and elite status members will appreciate earning extra miles and elite-status credits.

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British Airways flies from 16 U.K. airports and is a long-standing airline, having celebrated its 100th birthday in 2019.

If you’re looking to take advantage of British Airways’ expansive route network, then everything you need to know about this international carrier, from baggage fees to inflight amenities, is detailed below.

Airline: British Airways

Alliance: Oneworld

Category: United Kingdom’s flag carrier and international airline

Frequent Flyer Program:  British Airways’ Executive Club

Tagline: “ To fly. To serve.”

About/Mission Statement: “We are fully committed to helping each and every one of our customers enjoy the best possible experience, wherever you might be travelling.”

Main Hub:  London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Destinations: 200 destinations across 80 countries

British Airways’ Executive Club rewards members with Avios points when flying with the airline itself and with Oneworld alliance partner airlines.

The more you fly, the more Avios you earn; Avios can be redeemed for reward flights and will also go towards your membership tier status. This gives members additional benefits such as free seat selection, priority boarding, access to lounges, and bonus point earnings.

Apart from flying, there are also other ways of earning Avios , including shopping , chauffeur services, hotel bookings, and financial management.

It’s even possible to pool multiple reward accounts into a household account with family members, and by signing up, you can claim Avios on any flights 3 months prior to membership.

Hot Tip: Once you’ve started earning Avios, check out our article on the best ways to redeem British Airways Avios for max value .

British Airways (BA) has a selection of fare options, whether you’re traveling on a short-haul flight or long-haul flight. The different fare options are:

Short-Haul Flights (European Flights)

British Airways offers an economy and business class on its short-haul flights.

Euro Traveller (Short-Haul Economy Class)

When flying Euro Traveller, you will have the choice of 3 fare types. The benefits for each fare type are:

  • Basic: Preselected seat and carry-on luggage only; no changes or refunds.
  • Plus:  Seat selection (opened 48 hours before departure), checked and carry-on baggage, and free changes on departure day
  • Plus Flex: Seat selection at any time, checked and carry-on baggage, and free changes or cancellations at any time (up to 1 hour before departure and fare differences may apply)

Club Europe (Short-Haul Business Class)

When flying Club Europe, you receive the following benefits:

  • Access to British Airways’ departure lounges
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority check-in desks
  • More baggage allowance compared to Euro Traveller
  • Earn more Avios for Executive Club membership

Long-Haul Flights

British Airways offers 4 cabin classes when flying on a BA long-haul flight:

World Traveller (Long-Haul Economy Class)

When flying World Traveller, you have the choice of 2 fare types. The benefits for each fare type are:

  • Basic:  Preselected seat and carry-on luggage only; no changes or refunds
  • Standard: Seat selection (opened 24 hours before departure), carry-on and checked baggage , board earlier than Basic fare passengers, and changes allowed, but for a fee

World Traveller Plus (Long-Haul Premium Economy)

When flying World Traveller Plus, you receive the following benefits:

  • 2 checked bags, plus standard carry-on allowance
  • Seat selection (opened 24 hours before departure)

Club World (Long-Haul Business Class)

When flying Club World, you receive:

First (Long-Haul Premier Class)

  • 3 checked bags, plus standard carry-on allowance
  • Seat selection when booking
  • Complimentary spa treatments at departure lounges (Terminal 5 Heathrow and Terminal 7 JFK)
  • Dedicated customer service phone line

British Airways Baggage Allowance

Baggage Fees

British Airways’ baggage policy is pretty straightforward for checked-bag allowance. However, its excess baggage policy is less straightforward, with costs dependent on where you’re flying to and from.

Carry-On Allowance

Passengers can bring a personal item and 1 standard carry-on piece for free.

  • Personal item: 16 x 12 x 6 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm)
  • Standard carry-on: 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm)
  • Weight: Up to 50 pounds (23 kg) per item

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

1 cabin bag is permitted for infant necessities required during the flight.

  • Size Restrictions : 22 x 18 x 10 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm)
  • Weight: Up to 50 pounds (23 kg)

Stroller Check Policy

One collapsible stroller per child can be checked at the gate for free. If the stroller meets the maximum dimensions of 46 x 15 x 15 inches (117 x 38 x 38 cm) when collapsed, then the stroller can be checked at the gate and collected from the arrival gate immediately after disembarking.

Strollers that exceed these dimensions will need to be collected at the baggage carousel.

Passengers traveling with a child may also bring an additional item, such as a car seat or travel cot. Infants under 2 are permitted to bring 1 piece of checked luggage with the same size and weight restrictions as the ticketed adult’s bag. This does not apply to passengers traveling on a Basic Economy fare.

Checked Baggage Allowance

  • Size Restrictions : 35.5 x 29.5 x 16 inches (90 x 75 x 43 cm)
  • Up to 50 pounds (23 kg) for Euro Traveller and World Traveller Plus
  • Up to 70 pounds (32 kg) for Club World, Club Europe, and First Class fares

The number of checked bags that is permitted is based on the fare class you’re flying:

  • Basic Economy Euro Traveller, and World Traveller: 0 bags included; carry-on baggage only
  • Standard Euro Traveller and World Traveller:  1 bag included*
  • W orld Traveller Plus :  2 bags included
  • Club Europe and Club World:  2 bags included
  • First:  3 bags included

*2 checked bags included for economy flights to/from Ghana, Kenya, Japan, and Nigeria, connecting between India and U.S./Bermuda/Canada, and connecting from Saudi Arabia to U.S./Bermuda/Canada

Additional/Excess Baggage Fees

Excess baggage fees start at $46, depending on the departure airport, destination, cabin class, and where the fee is paid.

Other Fees and Add-Ons

Booking With Call Center: $13

  • Free for British Airways Executive Club Gold Members booking a reward flight

Booking at Airport Ticket Office: $25

Change Fee:  Free (online); $25 (phone); $35 (at an airport ticket office). A ticket change fee may also be charged depending on your fare type. This ranges from $0 to $275 and will be displayed at the time of booking. Any fare differences would also be payable.

Change Fee for Reward Flight Bookings: $55 (free for British Airways Executive Club Gold Priority members)

Same-Day Change: Free for domestic short-haul flights; fees for international tickets depends on route and fare class. Same-day changes can be made up to 1 hour before departure. Unfortunately, same-day changes are not permitted if you have a flight connection or are traveling on a long-haul flight.

Cancellation : Free (online); $25 (phone); $35 (at an airport ticket office); $55 for reward flight cancellations (free for British Airways Executive Club Gold Priority bookings)

Seat Selection

  • Standard Seats: short-haul flights starting at $11, long-haul flights starting at $30
  • Twin Seats: starting at $45
  • Exit Row Seats: starting at $75
  • Standard Seats: starting at $27
  • Club Europe: starting at $21
  • Club World: starting at $93

Unaccompanied Minor : Accompanied service was discontinued, so adult fare would be charged for minors, 14 years-of-age or over, who will be traveling alone.

Transporting a Pet: Pets are not permitted to be transported in a carry-on.

Refreshments Onboard

British Airways Food and Beverage

Note: Buy on board, prepay, and preorder services are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where meals are included in your ticket, these are served in an enclosed box to reduce interaction between passengers and cabin crew.

For short-haul flights, food and beverages can be purchased on board. Sweet and savory snacks, fresh food, soft drinks, and alcoholic drinks are available to purchase either with a credit card or even with Avios points:

  • Fresh food: starting at £3.90 (~$5.23)
  • Snacks: starting at £1.15 (~$1.54)
  • Soft drinks: starting at £1.50 (~$2.01)
  • Beer: starting at £4.45 (~$5.96)
  • Wine: starting at £4.60 (~$6.16)
  • Spirits: starting at £4.50 (~$6.03)

For long-haul flights departing London Heathrow, a complimentary meal is provided. You can also opt to upgrade your meal to BA’s exclusive online menu. There are 6 meals to choose from, ranging in price from £15 to £18 (~$20.10 to ~$24.12).

Many  travel rewards cards , like The Platinum Card ® from American Express and Chase Sapphire Reserve ® come with an annual airline credit that can be used to offset baggage fees.

Cardholders of the British Airways Visa Signature ® Card also have 2 ways to offset their baggage fees:

  • Pay for the taxes, fees, and carrier charges for your reward flight using Avios
  • Receive a statement credit of up to $200 — 3 times per year, up to $600 — when you book a reward flight using Avios and pay the taxes, fees, and charges on your card

Euro Traveller (Short-Haul Economy)

British Airways Euro Traveller

Amenities Include:

  • Leather seating designed for maximum space
  • Adjustable headrests
  • Complimentary newspapers (where available)
  • In-seat power
  • Activity packs for children (for flights over 2 hours)

World Traveller (Long-Haul Economy)

British Airways Economy

  • Ergonomically-designed seating with lumbar support and a movable headrest
  • Cushion and blanket provided
  • Eye mask, socks, and toothbrush provided upon request
  • Personal in-seat entertainment monitor; available entertainment includes recent films, games, and music
  • Meal plus a light snack and beverages

British Airways World Traveller Plus

Amenities include:

  • More legroom and wider seats than World Traveller
  • Lumbar support, footrest, and adjustable headrest
  • Smaller cabin with dedicated cabin crew
  • Cushion, blanket, and an amenity kit with an eye mask, socks, and toothbrush provided
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Meals, including the option to choose from 2 dishes from the business class menu.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available

British Airways Club Europe

  • Dedicated cabin crew
  • Fresh food meals and beverages

British Airways Club World

  • 6-foot lie-flat bed with lumbar support and a movable headrest
  • Power outlet
  • Bedding and amenity kit designed by The White Company (on selected flights)
  • 10.4-inch screens with on-demand entertainment (17-inch screens in the new Club Suites)
  • 3-course meals and snacks from the Club Kitchen

Club World London City (LCY-JFK Business Class)

British Airways Club World London City

  • 32 seats that transform into a 6-foot lie-flat bed
  • U.S., U.K., and EU power outlets
  • Bedding and amenity kit designed by The White Company
  • iPad for entertainment
  • OnAir connectivity service for internet, voice calls, and messaging (international roaming agreement required and billing will be through your provider)
  • Gourmet dining plus snacks available at request
  • Amenity kit with products from The White Company

British Airways First Class 787-9

  • Spacious suite with 6-foot lie-flat bed with a quilted mattress
  • Duvet, pillow, and Temperley London loungewear
  • 7-piece Elemis skin and body care collection
  • 15-inch monitor with on-demand entertainment
  • Enhanced dining from an à la carte menu (both courses and selection items available)
  • Refreshment menu includes award-winning wines and afternoon tea, depending on the flight time

Hot Tip: Ready to redeem Avios and enhance your inflight experience? See our guide on how to upgrade to business or first class on British Airways flights !

British Airways has a fleet of over 260 planes made up of 12 aircraft types, making BA’s fleet one of the most modern fleets in the world. The fleet of Boeing 747, known as “The Queen of the Skies,” was retired in July 2020.

We’ve included seating specs below for some of its most common planes, but you can view the full fleet here .

British Airways Customer Satisfaction

British Airways’ customer satisfaction has sadly tailed off in recent years, with stiff competition from low-cost carriers for its short-haul routes and competitively-priced Middle East airlines for long-haul flights.

Historically hailed as the “World’s Favorite Airline,” this doesn’t appear to be the case anymore, with customers taking to social media to voice their disappointment. These complaints are widespread and varied, covering lost baggage, poor customer service, decreased value, delays, and refund issues. Passengers have also voiced that BA seems to be unresponsive to comments on its social media channels, which simply causes more frustration.

Customers were not pleased with the 2017 changes to stop offering free food on short-haul flights. However, BA has formed a partnership with the much-loved British retailer, Marks & Spencer, to try to offset the displeasure of paying for food by offering such a reputable brand for purchase.

There is some good news on the horizon! BA is working through several aircraft refurbishments, and with the retirement of the older Boeing 747s, it looks like it is taking note of customer complaints about tired and outdated aircraft.

Most Common Complaints

No official statistics can be found on the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority website .

Consumer Rankings, Ratings, Etc.

Skytrax Ranking : 4 of 5 Star Airline

Skytrax Customer Rating : 5 of 10

Tripadvisor Airline Review Rating : 3.5 of 5 (averaged from over 54,000 reviews)

Kayak Customer Rating: 7.3 of 10 (averaged from over 22,000 reviews)

AirHelp.com Overall Rating: 7.54 of 10 (quality of amenities, on-time performance, and claim processing)

Safety and Performance

British Airways has a 7 of 7 safety record, as awarded by AirlineRatings.com . This rating takes into account whether the airline has an IATA Operational Safety Audit Certification, in addition to government and crash records combined with information from the world’s aviation governing body.

Charity Partnership

British Airways Flying Start

In 2010, British Airways partnered with Comic Relief to establish the Flying Start program that collects unwanted currency from customers and donates it to many Comic Relief projects around the world. To date, the project has raised over £24 million (~$32 million).

BA also donates to disaster relief projects and flies volunteers and aid workers to relief locations on chartered flights.

Final Thoughts

With its extensive route offering, preferred time slots at major airports, and professionalism, BA is still many passenger’s choice of airline. Greater competition across its route network has kept BA’s prices from soaring sky-high, with ongoing price wars between BA and Virgin Atlantic, in particular on transatlantic routes.

Now also heavily competing with low-cost carriers in the European market , BA has taken a risk changing up its business model when it had such an established reputation, and although it is striving to regain that respect, it’s not changing quickly enough for customers.

Even with the customer dissatisfaction, we acknowledge that BA offers great routes internationally, including its popular London-JFK route among business travelers, with many additional connecting short-haul flights to all major European cities.

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Like long-haul business class, which airline can claim credit for first introducing premium economy depends on who you ask.

Virgin Atlantic claims to have first introduced premium economy in 1992 with its “Mid Class” for full fare economy passengers (this was of course how long-haul business class first originate), later to be rebranded Premium Economy in 1994 and Premium in March 2018.

BA introduced its own premium economy cabin, World Traveller Plus, on 29 October 2000. This took the number of travel classes on long-haul aircraft to four. The cabin was explicitly targeted at premium leisure customers and cost-conscious business travellers, with the emphasis very much encouraging World Traveller passengers to trade up and not Club World passengers to trade down.

This was the first seat, which you’ll still find on all Boeing 747 and non-refurbished Boeing 777-200 aircraft, designed by Recaro:

Original British Airways World Traveller Plus Seat

The seat has evolved over time with new seats on Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787, Airbus A380 and refurbished Boeing 777 aircraft offering improved comfort as well as better at seat power and in-flight entertainment.

British Airways World Traveller Plus Cabin (Image Credit: Nick Morrish / British Airways)

In terms of in-flight service, partly for industrial relations reasons, there was initially very little difference in service between World Traveller and World Traveller Plus. BA also offered little by way of enhanced ground facilities. However, the cabin has evolved over time in piecemeal fashion with improved food & beverage and amenities.

British Airways World Traveller Plus Meal

World Traveller Plus has become an increasingly popular cabin, partly due to proactive upgrade offers through ba.com and many corporate customers revising their travel policies. Though its value still remains very subjective. Some see little difference to economy. Others see it as a welcome relief.

New and recently refurbished aircraft have significantly larger cabins than when it was first introduced. With many new aircraft not featuring First Class and others having smaller First cabins, as it becomes the effective second class on many more aircraft, it should continue develop and evolve in the coming years.

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A smooth ride across the Atlantic: A review of British Airways World Traveller Plus on the new daytime flight from Newark to London

Ben Smithson

I have a secret to avoiding jet lag when flying across the Atlantic.

While most flights from the East Coast of the U.S. to London depart in the evening and arrive in the United Kingdom the following morning, there are a handful of daytime flights that depart in the morning and land in the evening of the same day. And I cannot recommend them enough .

These flights are commonly under six hours in length, so too short for a good night's sleep regardless of the cabin. But by taking a daytime flight I can easily stay awake for the fairly short trip, sleep in a real bed in London at a normal bedtime hour when I get there and wake up the following morning with no jet lag.

When British Airways recently announced a new daytime service to Heathrow Airport (LHR) from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), it became a prime opportunity for me to revisit the airline's premium economy service on my preferred schedule and see what the product was like these days. Here's how the experience went.

Related: Why I don't think premium economy is worth the ticket price

British Airways operates two to three daily services from Newark to London depending on the time of year. While at least one service departs in the evening, the new daytime flight departs Newark at 7:55 a.m. daily, arriving in London at a civilized 7:45 p.m. It is scheduled at seven hours in length, though the flight is usually at least one hour faster than this because of the tailwinds.

Round-trip cash fares in British Airways World Traveller Plus (the formal name for its premium economy product) on this route start at $2,076 during the quieter winter months, about three times the price of World Traveller (economy) for the same dates.

One-way fares start from $940 in World Traveller Plus, or $586 in World Traveller, though you can expect to pay almost twice this much on busy summer dates.

There was good award availability for this new flight, so my ticket was booked using 26,000 Avios and $298 in taxes, fees and those pesky British Airways fuel surcharges for a one-way flight on an off-peak date. The fees, taxes and surcharges were paid with The Platinum Card® from American Express , which earns 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar on purchases made directly with airlines (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), picking up an additional 1,490 Membership Rewards points, worth $29.80 by TPG's current valuations .

You can earn enough Avios required to book this flight round-trip with a single welcome bonus. The British Airways Visa Signature Card earns 85,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. There's also a 10% discount on British Airways flights originating in the U.S. when booking through a dedicated site, up to $600 per calendar year in statement credits for those frustrating award flight fees year, and the ability to earn a Travel Together ticket after you spend $30,000 on the card in a calendar year. Cardmembers will receive a $100 statement credit per reward flight booking in economy (World Traveller) or premium economy (World Traveller Plus), or an up $200 statement credit for all other reward flight bookings in business (Club World) and First.

British Airways has the frustrating policy of charging for seat selection in all cabins except First. Prices for my flight to London ranged from $60 for a center seat in the back rows up to $95 for a window seat in the front few rows of the cabin. Executive Club and Oneworld elite members, fortunately, can select their seats free of charge at the time of booking. So, with my Oneworld Sapphire status, I opted for a window seat in Row 18 at no charge.

Ground experience

I regularly fly out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) , but this was only my second time at Newark and my first time at Terminal B, which was quiet as the sun rose for my early departure to London.

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Terminal B had check-in areas spread over three different levels which, as a new visitor, I found very confusing. It took me quite some time from Level 3, where my Uber dropped me off, to find the British Airways check-in desks, which were relegated to a back corner next to luggage belts down on Level 1 with LOT Polish Airlines and Icelandair.

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Oddly, there was no separate queue for World Traveller Plus passengers, as the signage directed them to use the regular World Traveller economy lane. However, there were dedicated World Traveller Plus desks, but no World Traveller desks. With the low ceilings, basement-like atmosphere and odd setup, it was not a glamorous start to my journey.

I was helped quickly as there were few other passengers around. World Traveller Plus passengers receive two 50-pound checked bags though I avoid checking in my luggage wherever possible.

Given British Airways' impressive check-in setup at JFK Terminal 7 , I think I'd choose JFK for my next departure from New York on the airline.

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Security was very quick and I was through in minutes. British Airways' Newark flights operate from the B50-B58 gates pier, where the airline also operates its own lounge (immediately after security and up one flight of stairs). Lounge access is not included with a World Traveller Plus premium economy ticket, so instead, I wandered through the compact but pleasant terminal. I especially liked the huge dome where the gates were located as the sun rose on another New York morning.

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There was plenty of seating around my gate area and a relaxed atmosphere.

what is leisure traveller on british airways

Two boarding lanes were set up with groups 1 to 3 able to use the right lane, and groups 4 to 9 using the left lane. World Traveller Plus passengers were assigned to Group 3.

Boarding commenced slightly later than the scheduled time, around 30 minutes before departure, with groups 1 and 2 invited to board together, and after that was my Group 3. The flight departed slightly late but still managed to arrive around an hour early, as usual, because of the strong tailwinds.

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Cabin and seat

The British Airways 777-200 aircraft that flew me to London had 235 seats in four classes of service. Behind First and Club Suites , there were 40 World Traveller Plus premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration across five rows. The cabin felt small and intimate, a key selling point of this cabin class compared with the large economy cabin behind me. The navy blue seats with herringbone fabric were smart both in appearance and their ability to hide stains and spills.

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The seats were 18 1/2-inches wide, which was not overly generous given this was only 1 inch wider than the economy seats in the cabin behind, though I enjoyed slightly more elbow room thanks to the double armrest in between my seat and the one next to me. Legroom was 38 inches (normal for premium economy these days) and there was a comfortable fold-down footrest, though unfortunately, British Airways opted not to install leg rests on the premium economy seats.

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The seat reclined a generous 8 inches. This is both a blessing and a curse: If you want to sleep, it's great to have your seat go back as far as possible, but it also means the passenger in front of you can recline a long way into your personal space.

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The recline function was operated by a single button on the center console. Be aware that if you have a personal electronic device like a laptop open on your tray table, the seat in front can recline quickly and without notice, potentially damaging your device. You may wish to ask the passenger in front to give you a heads-up if you want to ensure any devices remain safe.

what is leisure traveller on british airways

I liked how well cushioned the headrest was. The sides could be adjusted slightly in and out to cradle your head, and the entire headrest could move up and down and remain in place.

what is leisure traveller on british airways

Storage was sorely lacking around the seat — beyond a large literature pocket in the seatback in front of me, there was nowhere else to place personal items. The bi-fold tray table, which stowed away in the center console, was large enough for my 13-inch Macbook, but you should forget about trying to work or watch anything on a laptop when the passenger in front has reclined their seat all the way.

what is leisure traveller on british airways

Individual universal charging points were provided at each seat (with two in the center console I shared with my seat neighbor). There were also those odd audio-visual plugs I've never seen anyone use on an aircraft.

what is leisure traveller on british airways

While the seat was not especially wide, and the lack of leg rest was a shame, it was still a comfortable and fairly well-designed seat.

Amenities and inflight entertainment

Awaiting me on my seat was an (unwrapped) fleecy pillow and blanket, an amenity kit and a pair of plastic-wrapped headphones. Both the pillow and blanket were a good size and soft to the touch, despite initially looking a little disheveled on the seat.

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The headphones were terrific and a real highlight of the flight, as they were comfortable, well cushioned and high quality, even though they did not have active noise-canceling functionality.

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A basic amenity kit is an industry standard in international premium economy, and British Airways' version contained an eye mask, sleep socks, a toothbrush with a tiny toothpaste, a pen and Scaramouche + Fandango lip balm. The "washbag" pouch the items were housed in was made from recycled plastic bottles but looked far more stylish than the crumpled, recycled washbag Virgin Atlantic provides its premium economy passengers .

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The 10.6-inch seatback entertainment screen could be tilted up and down at an angle, which was handy when the passenger in front was reclined. It was both touchscreen-operated and could be navigated with the dated remote control housed in the center console. There were 44 new-release movies available, including "Ambulance," "Marry Me" and "Lost City." Among the 24 television series box sets, I enjoyed a few episodes of the latest season of "Britain's Got Talent." Two USB charging points were provided under the screen for each passenger.

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Wi-Fi was offered on my flight to London with three different packages available, from 4.99 pounds (about $6) for one hour up to 14.99 pounds (about $17) for the full flight, and limited to one device. The Wi-Fi speeds were the fastest I have ever registered on an aircraft — an astonishing 60Mbps download with a reasonable 4.03Mbps upload. This allowed me to be both very productive throughout the flight and also refresh the BBC news homepage regularly as this flight took place the day Queen Elizabeth II passed away, so I wanted to keep up with events.

Related: In pictures: The queen's life in travel

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There were, unfortunately, no dedicated bathrooms for World Traveller Plus passengers, so we shared the two immediately behind our cabin with the World Traveller economy cabin. These bathrooms were standard in size and amenities but were kept clean and as the flight was not full (a perk I've found on my daytime flights across the Atlantic), there was rarely a wait to use them.

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Food and beverage

Drinks were offered during boarding with a choice of sparkling wine, orange juice or water. I chose orange juice, which was served in glassware. No bottled water was waiting at my seat.

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Flight attendants served the main meal of breakfast shortly after takeoff with a smaller second meal before landing. Breakfast consisted of fruit yogurt and fresh fruit with a choice of three entrees: scrambled eggs with sausage, bacon, mushrooms and tomato; cheese and chervil omelet; or apple pancakes with strawberry compote and vanilla anglaise.

In a vague attempt at a healthier option than sausage and bacon, I asked for the omelet. I was also offered a fresh croissant and my choice of beverage. I again selected orange juice.

A neatly arranged tray packed full of items was handed to me. The range of colors of my meal was visually appealing, though it was, in reality, just a neatly presented economy-class breakfast served on china with metal cutlery.

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I've eaten countless airplane breakfasts like this over my decades of travel and it all tasted ... fine. The main dish was piping hot, though it was a little bland so I needed the salt and pepper sachets.

The crew passed through the cabin again to offer tea or coffee after the meal. I chose a coffee to keep me awake right through to London and I was surprised to see the hot drinks served in a takeaway paper cup. Given that the other drinks throughout the flight were served in proper glassware, I wish British Airways provided ceramic cups for these hot drinks.

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About 75 minutes before arrival, the trolleys appeared again. The only choices were sandwiches with either chicken and cheese, or just plain cheese. They were served with a packet of sour-cream-and-chive baked pretzels and a choice of drink from the bar. I decided to raise a glass to the (now late) Queen Elizabeth II with a very British gin and tonic. British Airways serves Aviation Gin, which I like for both the name and the taste.

The small sandwich tasted fine and was stuffed with plenty of chicken — I just wish it had been larger. The second meal service on daytime flights this length tends to be too small for me, no matter the airline, and I was still hungry when we landed in London.

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The crew members on my flight to London were all upbeat, welcoming and friendly. I found the service to be slightly more formal than in Virgin Atlantic's premium economy cabin, with the British Airways crew referring to me as "sir" with every interaction. There were no lapses in the service throughout the flight.

What I will remember most about this flight was that, 90 minutes before landing, I refreshed the BBC news homepage to learn that Buckingham Place had just announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II. I noticed a few shocked faces around the cabin as those passengers who had connected to the Wi-Fi during the flight learned the momentous news.

As the crew members wheeled the trolleys into the cabin around 15 minutes later for the second meal service, it appeared they had not been advised of the news by the captain as they were as chipper and full of smiles as ever despite some truly glum passenger faces in the cabin.

I was curious to see if and how the pilot might announce the news before we landed in London. It was definitely one of those "where were you when you heard the news" moments in world history, especially for anyone living in the U.K. (the death of Princess Diana and the tragedies of Sept. 11 being others I vividly remember). As we began our descent into Heathrow the pilot advised passengers of the queen's passing over the loudspeaker in a solemn, respectful and very British way.

As an avid traveler living in London, it felt oddly fitting to learn this news on a British Airways flight.

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Overall impression

This was a solid premium economy experience on British Airways. The check-in area at Newark needs some work, and for that reason alone I would probably choose to fly from JFK next time. But other than that, it was fairly smooth sailing for the rest of my day across the Atlantic. I still prefer these daytime flights, and woke up at a normal time in my own bed the following morning without jet lag.

British Airways' World Traveller Plus seat provides decent comfort and legroom along with its deep recline and clever headrest. The Wi-Fi download speeds were the fastest I've experienced on a flight, making for a productive workday. The first meal was filling, if not refined, though the second meal was too small, as I have encountered on most flights between New York and London. The headphones, blanket and pillow were all more suited to business class than economy, which was a treat.

Having recently flown Virgin Atlantic's Premium on the same daytime route , I found British Airways to be slightly better mainly because of the superior seat recline, amenities, food quality and consistent service.

I still believe premium economy is overpriced for what you actually get, especially for cash fares two or three times the cost of economy. However, if you are choosing premium economy, British Airways is a smart choice.

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Is British Airways Premium Economy Worth The Upgrade?

  • Premium economy, known as World Traveler Plus on British Airways, offers better seating and a smaller cabin for a more comfortable flight experience.
  • World Traveler Plus fares offer additional luggage allowance and faster check-in on the ground, while in the air, service is faster and meals have more choice.
  • Upgrading to World Traveler Plus can earn you additional Avios and Tier Points, making it a valuable option for frequent flyers chasing status.

Premium economy has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more airlines introducing the cabin between economy and business class. British Airways is no exception, and the airline has a good, but not top-rated, cabin and service on offer.

Flying premium with British Airways will get you a larger and more comfortable seat in a smaller cabin with better catering and service. It also offers some priority treatment and additional lounge access. There are also more Avios and Tier Points on offer.

British Airways World Traveller Plus

Like many airlines, British Airways offers a premium economy cabin on long-haul flights. It was one of the first airlines globally to do so, and the cabin is now offered on all its long-haul widebody aircraft and routes.

British Airways names its cabin products differently. Premium economy is known as World Traveller Plus (with economy class being World Traveller, and business class Club World). The World Traveller Plus cabin is an upgraded offering over an increasingly cramped World Traveller cabin, but it is far from the flatbeds and better service in Club World.

Of course, the value of any cabin upgrade depends on the price. As with any airline, there are large variations in this. On many routes, however, British Airways prices World Traveller Plus very competitively (this is not usually the case with Club World). The cabin can be available for a relatively small price increase, especially during regular sales and promotions.

It is also possible to upgrade to World Traveller Plus using Avios – see our guide to using Avios for more details.

Better seating and a smaller cabin

The main reason to upgrade to the World Traveller Plus is for the improved seating. This generally makes for a much more comfortable flight and is a major consideration on long routes. A day flight to New York might not be worlds apart, but you will really notice the difference on a 14-hour overnight Asian flight.

While there can be small differences between aircraft, British Airways typically offers reclining seats with 38 inches of legroom (seat pitch) and a seat width of around 18.5 inches. This compares with a standard in World Traveller of 31 inches pitch and 17.5 inches width. Seating information here is based on seatguru.com .

The cabin is also smaller, leading to a (hopefully) more relaxing experience and better service. On the Boeing 787-9 there are 29 seats (compared to 127 seats in World Traveller), rising to 56 on the A350-1000 (against 219 in the World Traveller cabin).

There are other small improvements over the World Traveller seat. There is a fold-out leg rest, a larger tray table, and larger fixed armrests. There is no real additional storage (the exception being on the Airbus A380 where there are side storage panels for the window seats).

The seat-back screen is slightly larger, and you are (usually) offered better noise-canceling headsets. The entertainment system is the same (albeit very good) as other cabins, and there is no included WiFi or additional benefits.

Read about the best premium economy cabins on offer

World Traveller Plus: What Do You Get For Your Money In British Airways' Premium Economy Cabin?

Better service on the ground and in the air.

On the ground, there are some important differences. World Traveller Plus fares (paid or upgraded) offer an additional luggage allowance (of two checked-in bags). This could be an expensive addition if needed on a normal economy fare. Mid and top-tier Executive Club members (and one world equivalents) can take an additional bag as well. You will also get faster check-in (usually with dedicated World Traveller Plus desks) but not access to fast-track security or any departure lounges.

In the air, the differences are arguably smaller. There is no pre-departure drinks service (although this was offered in the past, so may change again). Main meals in theory have more choice (although in recent experience, I have come across very limited loading of some options), and the drinks menu is largely the same. With the smaller cabin, service is usually much faster (especially useful on a night flight when you want to rest as soon as possible). The photographs below are from a BA World Traveller Plus overnight flight from Hong Kong to London.

Flight Review: Hong Kong to London In Premium Economy On British Airways' Boeing 787-9

Dont forget avios and tier points.

As a final consideration for upgrading, bear in mind the value of the additional Avios and Tier Points. Now that British Airways Executive Club has switched to a revenue-based earning method for Avios, this is much less of a consideration. But if you want to be strategic (and are not interested in status with Executive Club), you could credit flights to many alternative one world loyalty programs (such as Qatar Airways) and earn based on the cabin and flight length. Premium economy traditionally earns much higher here than economy fares.

Love learning about points and miles? Read more of our loyalty news and guides here .

If you are chasing status with Executive Club, choosing a World Traveller Plus fare will make a big difference. On a return flight from London to Hong Kong, for example, any World Traveller Plus fare will earn 200 Tier Points – in the lowest World Traveller fares, this would be just 40 Tier Points (rising to 160 Tier Points for expensive full-fare tickets).

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British Airways

IATA/ICAO Code: BA/BAW

Airline Type: Full Service Carrier

Hub(s): London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport

Year Founded: 1974

Alliance: oneworld

Airline Group: IAG

CEO: Sean Doyle

Country: United Kingdom

Loyalty Program: British Airways Executive Club

Region: Europe

Is British Airways Premium Economy Worth The Upgrade?

Bronze benefits

The great feeling of being in control. As a Bronze Member, you'll enjoy a streamlined travel experience — we know you're going places and your Bronze membership will help you get there faster.

More rewards, sooner

As a Bronze Member, you'll collect seven Avios per qualifying pound (GBP) spent whenever you fly with British Airways or American Airlines and six Avios per qualifying euro (EUR) with Iberia.

On other one world® airlines it depends on how far you fly, your choice of cabin and which airline you fly with.

Business class check-in and priority boarding whenever you fly

Speed through the airport by using our business class check-in desks and priority boarding* - regardless of what cabin you’re travelling in, whenever you fly with British Airways or one of our one world airline partners.

You'll see a group number on your boarding pass which will automatically reflect your priority. As your group will be one of the first to board, you’ll be able to settle in and relax before take-off. If you arrive after your priority group has been called, you can use the priority lane to board at your leisure.

*Priority check-in and priority boarding are not available to Bronze Members at London City Airport. Bronze Members travelling through JFK are not eligible to use business class check-in but instead have access to a dedicated Bronze/Ruby check-in lane.

Choose your seats in advance

Take some of the stress out of check-in with free seat selection* for you and everyone on your booking from seven days before time of departure on British Airways flights.

*Not available on group rate bookings and excluding exit row seats. You must be travelling on the booking for the benefit to apply.

Priority at Baggage Arrival Services desks

We don't plan on losing your bags, and we have an excellent record of getting baggage to our customers at their destination on time.

But if your bag doesn't arrive when you do, we'll bring you to the front of the queue, so we can start searching for it sooner.

Keep your Executive Club status while on maternity/paternity/adoption leave

If you're planning on taking maternity/paternity/adoption leave you can apply to keep your British Airways Bronze status even though you take fewer flights during this time. Also, if you enrol your child as part of your household account, we'll give them a welcome gift of 1,000 Avios.

To extend the validity of your card for an additional period, all you need to do is send your documentation to us at [email protected] . Once we've verified your documents, we'll send you an email confirming the renewal of your status and walk you through how to enrol your child into the Executive Club as part of a household account.

Sharing your Avios

As a Member, you and up to six other members of your household, including children, can link your Club memberships together for free. You'll continue to collect Avios individually, but we'll pool them for you to spend together, bringing those rewards even closer.

You can also share your Avios with people outside your household, by adding them to your Family and Friends list.

Saving your preferences

You can save your seating and meal preferences with us, so there's no need to remember them every time you travel. We'll do our best to provide your preferred choices wherever the option is available.

  • Preferred seats allocated wherever possible when travelling on a fully flexible ticket
  • Preferred alternative meal delivered on catered flights

The Club magazine

Get the most out of your membership with The Club, our digital magazine.

Every month we share insider hacks for moving up the Tiers, collecting and spending Avios, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, discounts, prize draws and much more.

You can also find offers on holidays, hotels, car hire and our partners on ba.com .

Next stop, Silver

Unless you're travelling in business (Club Europe or Club World) or First, you won't be able to use our airport lounges just yet. But the good news is you're already halfway to becoming a Silver Member.

You'll need to fly BA at least four times and earn 600 Tier Points, or take a total of 50 British Airways flights, to move through to the Silver tier.

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It’s About to Get Easier to Book a Flight to London — What to Know

Alaska Airlines is expanding its partnership with British Airways.

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Alaska Airlines passengers will now be able to book British Airways flights to London directly on the American carrier’s website in an expanded partnership agreement.

Travelers can buy tickets now for service starting June 18 on British Airways flights directly at alaskaair.com . These include flights from any of Alaska’s gateway airports in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, or New York, according to the carrier . The airlines are partners through the Oneworld alliance .

“We’re excited to add our longstanding partner, British Airways, to our growing portfolio of alaskaair.com book direct airlines,” Andrew Harrison, the chief commercial officer for Alaska Airlines, said in a statement. “London is one [of] the most requested global gateways by our guests and no one serves it better than British Airways and the Oneworld alliance.”

Multiple daily frequencies across the pond will be available to book directly with Alaska: 

  • From Seattle: 2x each day
  • From Portland: Daily
  • From San Francisco: 2x each day
  • From Los Angeles: 3x each day
  • From San Diego: 2x each day
  • From Chicago: 3x each day
  • From New York (JFK): 8x each day 

The airline plans to expand the partnership later this year by allowing guests to purchase connecting Alaska flights as well as allowing travelers to purchase British Airways flights to other destinations beyond London.

British Airways Chief Planning and Strategy Officer Neil Chernoff said in the statement the expanded partnership will offer “seamless access” to London and added the airline looks “forward to connecting even more travelers between the Pacific Northwest and the UK capital.” 

Mileage Plan members who book a British Airways flight through Alaska will earn 100 percent of the miles flown. They also receive equal status matching within Oneworld.

The news comes on the heels of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) approval of a codeshare partnership between British Airways and JetBlue . That partnership will cover certain routes from each airline, including 75 domestic flights from New York and Boston operated by JetBlue and 17 intra-European flights from London operated by British Airways.

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The newest airline within the British Airways family, BA Euroflyer was launched in 2022, serving a short-haul network of some of Europe’s most popular leisure destinations from London’s Gatwick Airport. one of the world’s most important travel hubs.

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  • Assures the safety of the airline and regulatory compliance of the Company’s business as its Accountable Manager
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British Airways customers invited to travel to London City Airport by boat

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British Airways has teamed up with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to offer a scenic journey to the airport with 25% off tickets and a complimentary drink on the Thames. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers is London’s River Bus service, stopping at 24 piers across the capital between Putney Pier in the west and Barking Riverside in the east.

Whether travelling from Putney to Palma or Battersea to Berlin, the offer is available to those flying with BA Cityflyer, British Airways’ subsidiary airline based at London City Airport.

Customers disembarking at Royal Wharf Pier will find themselves just a short DLR ride from London City, making it smooth sailing to the airport complete with up close views of landmarks such as Big Ben, The London Eye, The Shard and The Cutty Sark.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers offers a relaxing travelling alternative, with customers able to embark and disembark from accessible London locations such as Chelsea Harbour, Battersea Power Station and Embankment. Discounted tickets will be available from £4.20 per person when travelling within the East Zone or £7.69 from central London.

Tom Stoddart, CEO of BA Cityflyer, said: “Not only is flying from London City a convenient and quick way to travel, but it allows our customers to really embrace our brilliant city. With views of the Canary Wharf skyline and the River Thames, it’s an airport like no other and working with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers helps us to extend the London experience beyond the airport.”

British Airways customers travelling to or from London City Airport with flights on the same day can enjoy the 25% discount when booking in advance via www.ba.com/londoncity. As an added perk, they can also show their boarding pass at the onboard café bar to receive a complimentary hot drink, ideal for sipping whilst enjoying the views.

BA CityFlyer operates the Embraer 190 aircraft with a route map of more than 30 destinations throughout the year across the UK and Europe. Customers can enjoy a choice of Club Europe (business class) or Euro Traveller (economy) cabins.

Service frequency may vary depending on the time of day and which piers customers wish to travel between. Please check timetable before travelling.

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  8. The Complete Guide to British Airways Fare Classes (a.k.a. Fare Buckets

    O - 25% Flown Distance. Minimum 125 Avios, 25% Tier points. G - 25% Flown Distance. Minimum 125 Avios, 25% Tier points. As with most airlines, redemptions do not earn any Avios. This includes V fares which Gold members can sometimes book into as a reward fare. Bronze members get 25% extra Avios, Silver gets 50% extra Avios and Gold gets 100 ...

  9. World Traveller Plus

    World Traveller Plus' generous baggage allowance means you can pack more for your trip. Bring both a cabin bag and laptop or handbag on board, as well as up to two bags in the hold. Some routes and tickets come with an even greater allowance, and extra bags can be added for a fee.

  10. Your guide to British Airways World Traveller Plus

    British Airways World Traveller Plus premium economy class is a popular choice among cost-conscious business travellers as well as discerning leisure passengers on BA's Sydney-Singapore-London route. This article is sponsored by British Airways. Premium economy is enjoying growing popularity in international travel, offering some of the benefits and advantages of the more expensive cabins ...

  11. British Airways Economy: Euro Traveller vs. World Traveller

    British Airways offers two economy products — World Traveller and Euro Traveller. Which one you use will depend on the length and type of the flight. Both are similar to what many U.S. carriers ...

  12. British Airways' World Traveller Plus Premium Economy Cabin: Everything

    British Airways' World Traveller Plus cabin is between business and economy classes and configured in a 2+4+2 layout. It offers 18.5-inch seats with an 8% recline, which is great for sleeping but not so good if the person in front of you wants to recline fully, as it intrudes on your personal space. Each seat has individual charging points, and ...

  13. World Traveller Plus: What Do You Get For Your Money In British Airways

    British Airways' World Traveller Plus offers an enhanced flying experience between standard economy and business class. It is an attractive option for travelers seeking extra comfort and amenities ...

  14. British Airways Premium Economy: What to Know

    British Airways adds on high taxes and fuel surcharges so you'll need to weigh the price in miles (+ taxes) against a cash ticket. Using our $608 premium economy flight example from above, if ...

  15. British Airways Review: Seats, Amenities, Service [& More]

    Image Credit: British Airways. Amenities Include: 6-foot lie-flat bed with lumbar support and a movable headrest. Power outlet. Bedding and amenity kit designed by The White Company (on selected flights) 10.4-inch screens with on-demand entertainment (17-inch screens in the new Club Suites) Noise-canceling headphones.

  16. British Airways' "World Traveller Plus" Premium Economy Cabin

    BA introduced its own premium economy cabin, World Traveller Plus, on 29 October 2000. This took the number of travel classes on long-haul aircraft to four. The cabin was explicitly targeted at premium leisure customers and cost-conscious business travellers, with the emphasis very much encouraging World Traveller passengers to trade up and not ...

  17. A smooth ride across the Atlantic: A review of British Airways World

    British Airways' World Traveller Plus seat provides decent comfort and legroom along with its deep recline and clever headrest. The Wi-Fi download speeds were the fastest I've experienced on a flight, making for a productive workday. The first meal was filling, if not refined, though the second meal was too small, as I have encountered on most ...

  18. Review: British Airways Airbus A350 Club Suite ...

    British Airways' new Club Suite business class is arguably the airline's biggest leap forward since it created the world's first lie-flat business class seat almost 20 years ago.. When BA pulled back the curtains on this long-awaited and long-overdue replacement for its crowded Club World business class, w e described the Club Suites recipe as "more space, more privacy, more posh" - and now ...

  19. Is British Airways Premium Economy Worth The Upgrade?

    British Airways World Traveller Plus . Like many airlines, British Airways offers a premium economy cabin on long-haul flights. It was one of the first airlines globally to do so, and the cabin is ...

  20. Review: British Airways' Euro Traveller Economy: Lyon to London

    With several options to get from Lyon (France's second city and an economic powerhouse) to London, I picked the direct British Airways flight to Heathrow over the direct easyJet flight to Gatwick or connecting via Air France or other European airlines. This is the same type of flight that Qantas Premium Economy or Economy passengers connecting through London on BA will experience.  In ...

  21. JetBlue and British Airways' Codeshare Partnership Has Been ...

    JetBlue and British Airways have been approved to partner up on codeshare flights, making it easier for travelers to fly to dozens of destinations between the U.S. and Europe.

  22. British Airways Stops Historic BA1 To Concentrate On Leisure Travel

    British Airways expect that leisure travelers will be their primary market as the recent easing of travel restrictions within Europe has led to a demand in leisure travelers. Business travel is ...

  23. Bronze benefits

    Speed through the airport by using our business class check-in desks and priority boarding* - regardless of what cabin you're travelling in, whenever you fly with British Airways or one of our oneworld airline partners.. You'll see a group number on your boarding pass which will automatically reflect your priority.

  24. It's About to Get Easier to Book a Flight to London

    Alison Fox. Published on June 12, 2024. Photo: Getty Images. Alaska Airlines passengers will now be able to book British Airways flights to London directly on the American carrier's website in ...

  25. Guide to British Airways Business Class: All You Need to Know in 2024

    British Airways Business Class Benefits. BA Business Class offers a blend of luxury, comfort, and convenience. Here's a rundown of the key benefits that set BA's Business Class apart: Club World Suites: On select aircraft, these suites feature a door for privacy, direct aisle access, a lie-flat seat, and an 18.5-inch entertainment screen. Priority Services: Enjoy priority check-in ...

  26. British Airways' new 787 business class is (finally) here

    British Airways' new Boeing 787 business class will take wing this week, with one of BA's original 787-8s now sporting the latest Club Suites business class with its direct aisle access, sliding doors, large video screens and ample personal space - all a far cry from the crammed Club World cabin which is on the way out (and not before time).

  27. Is Airline Premium Economy Really Worth It?

    The lowest Economy fares for the same route are $808 for Virgin Atlantic and $1,468 for British Airways. This means the price you pay for Premium Economy is substantially more for British Airways ...

  28. Managing Director BA Euroflyer at British Airways

    Euroflyer is a wholly owned subsidiary or British Airways with an AOC since 2022. The newest airline within the British Airways family, BA Euroflyer was launched in 2022, serving a short-haul network of some of Europe's most popular leisure destinations from London's Gatwick Airport. one of the world's most important travel hubs.

  29. British Airways customers invited to travel to London City Airport by boat

    British Airways has teamed up with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to offer a scenic journey to the airport with 25% off tickets and a complimentary drink on the Thames. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers ...