British Airways extends discounted 'carry-on only' fares

By David Flynn, July 30 2014
British Airways extends discounted 'carry-on only' fares

British Airways is now offering discounted fares for travellers with only carry-on bags and no checked luggage on UK and European flights.

The fares are typically £10-15 (A$18-27) cheaper for a single economy class ticket than for passengers who also bring a single piece of checked luggage up to the standard 23kg limit.

BA began trialling the fares in February 2013 on selected flights from London's Gatwick airport, but the deals now apply to all 'short haul' flights from Gatwick, Heathrow and London City within the UK and Europe.

It's a small but welcome saving for business travellers who typically travel light and avoid checking bags at any cost.

Carry-on bags are restricted to a maximum 56cm x 45cm x 25cm in size, along with one 'personal' bag such as a handbag or laptop bag, and BA is expected to rigorously enforce the baggage size policy.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jul 2014

Total posts 110

Living in the UK and being a frequent traveller, myself and the wife have quite enjoyed having this with BA!

Makes the fares, often cheaper than SqueezyJET or Ripoff Air with the OW status to boot! Glad to hear it is being extended.

Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 182

They just need a decent product now I choose a different carrier on frequent trips to various mostly Frankfurt and Bahrain and the ow points aren't that great if you don't live with a ow local airline 

Haven't they got a decent product already? Just off a CW flight. Slept like a baby!

By the way, awfully expensive tickets to ARN! Was that in Y/B inventory on account of the last minute search?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Jul 2014

Total posts 110

@Babushka - I can talk about the CW, but I have been able to use CE a few times and whilst the price difference is not worth it normally, if you book early, you can ake a steal! The same is true with the WT+ product. but Bizflyer is right, there product on the Euro and Domestic needs to be upgraded. A 2.5 Hour flight to Munich, Prague or Budapest with no IFE is a stretch.

On the domestic front, I will be moving into working regionally (Manchester & Glasgow) whilst still living in London and whilst my work will be paying for the flights, I have to buy the tix myself and claim them back. When you are booking a month worth of flights, the cost can add up quickly and given I will only be flying home for Weekends, no checked baggage suits me. This coupled with BA flying into LHR or LCY where my Oyster works, mean you end up saving a great deal more £££ on not needing the Stansted Express or train to Luton.


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