British Airways Overnight Bag Drop Changes

Overnight bag drop is now available at both Heathrow Terminals 3 & 5, but only for flights departing before 10:00 the next day.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5 Check-In Concourse
London Heathrow Terminal 5 Check-In Concourse (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has, for many years, offered an overnight bag drop facility at London Gatwick and Heathrow Terminal 5.

This allows passengers to check in and drop off their bags the night before their flight. The service was reinstated post COVID-19.

There have been a few recent changes to the timings of the overnight bag drop facility and rules for checking in bags for passengers not present.

Heathrow Terminals 3 & 5

At Heathrow, overnight bag drop is now available at both Terminals 3 & 5.

It is now only available for flights departing before 10:00 the next day, rather than 13:00.

You can drop off your bags between 16:00 and 22:00 the day before. This used to be 18:00 and 21:00.

Gatwick South Terminal

At Gatwick, overnight bag drop remains available between 18:00 and 21:00 for flights departing before 13:00 the next day.

Dropping Off Bags For Others

BA no longer requires all passengers in the booking to be present when bags are dropped off the night before travel.

You can drop off bags for other passengers on your booking without them being present.

This is provided you bring all of their required documentation such as passports and COVID-19 test results.

Full details of the facility are available on ba.com.

BA may amend or withdraw this facility at any time. It may also not be available during disruption, where it’s best not to use it in any event!

Also remember once you’ve checked in your bags they can’t be retrieved, so you won’t seem them again until you arrive at your destination.

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2 thoughts on “British Airways Overnight Bag Drop Changes”

  1. So it”s only convenient to BA. If it’s only available for flights departing before 10am, then all BA is trying to do here is ease their own problem of not enough desks open early for those early flights.

    Passengers are not being helped here, there is still going to be a high level of congestion and much waiting in line for mid-morning flights up to the old 13.00 flight departure limit to check baggage the night before. But BA will have more desks open for flights 10.00-13.00 so they know people won’t miss their flights even if passengers have to stand in checkin queues then security queues for hours.

    Call this a service? BA is only interested in serving themselves and not in providing small services that might actually be convenient to passengers.

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