BA go budget on baggage
At least you can always rely on BA not to charge you for checked in luggage – and you might even get a hard croissant and a cup of cold tea in the price of your ticket. But now BA are going all Ryanair on our asses, with plans to introduce a charge for baggage in the hold.
Their new hand baggage fares begin on September 24th, offering a £10 discount on flights to Barcelona, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam and Stockholm. So effectively, you’re paying a tenner extra to check in baggage.
The airline are already operating the hand baggage fares on short haul flights from Gatwick, and apparently it’s proving popular.
BA's head of short haul, Robin Glover-Faure said: ‘The hand-baggage-only fare at Gatwick has proved very popular with our customers so we’re now introducing it on a selected number of short-haul routes from Heathrow and London City. If it proves as successful, we plan to roll it out across the whole short-haul network in the coming months.’
Passengers who have already booked tickets will get the full baggage allowance, but after the end of the month, it looks like it’s all downhill from here.
If they get rid of those croissants, there’ll be hell to pay...