British Airways have followed through with their plan to launch basic fares, with the new fares being formally launched on Wednesday.
So the new Basic Fare will fly on the follow routes to start with the following routes, with lead-in pricing shown (based on a return fare)
- Austin £246
- Boston £175
- Denver £191-
- Oakland £185
- Philadelphia £234
- Punta Cana £240
- Delhi £210
- Dubai £143
- Hong Kong £228
- Singapore £230
The fares are being offered in conjunction with British Airways Transatlantic Joint Business Venture airlines – namely – American Airlines, Finnair and Iberia.
Basic fares will fly in the World Traveller (economy) cabin. You’ll be able to take a rollaboard at 56 x 45 x 25cm, and a laptop/handbag at 40 x 30 x 15cm – up to 23kg each.
The fares will be combinable with other fares British Airways offer.
On the formal launch of the fares, Adam Daniels, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, states
“We know that when our customers travel with us their needs vary from trip to trip – some will be flying on business, some for leisure, some will be on short hops, others will be longer stays. We need to ensure that the fares we provide reflect those differing needs so customers can select the best option for them on that occasion.
Someone travelling for a short meeting or leisure break, who isn’t planning to check in a bag and is happy for us to allocate them a seat, will appreciate the option to secure a lower fare.”
Of course, luxuries like seat allocation and hold luggage will cost extra.
Those who hold BA Silver or Gold can select their seat at time of booking, whilst Bronze members can select a seat at seven days before departure.
Of course – it’s worth checking the chart below to see which airline to fly with which status to see what you can get for free…
Whilst Basic fares are a way to save money, please, please, please be aware of what you’re booking and what it entitles you when you travel.
Because – I hate to say this – people will book the cheapest fare possible, and will rock up at the check in desk… and may get a very nasty shock when they’re asked to pay for a bag to go in the hold…
(Editors note – I’m now playing catch-up with some of the other things that have broken during the week whist Aircraft Interiors Expo was on)
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