British Airways has today, Tuesday 11 April 2018, started selling “basic economy” fares on selected long-haul routes on ba.com
These fares were first announced in March of this year. A basic economy fare does not entitle a passenger to a checked luggage allowance or free seat selection at check-in. However, these can be purchased at any time after booking for a fee. It is also possible to combine basic and standard fares in the same booking.
Once on board the aircraft, all economy passengers will be entitled to the same in-flight amenities and catering service.
BA’s IAG sibling Iberia and their transatlantic joint-venture partners, American Airlines and Finnair, have also introduced basic economy on selected routes.
At the outset, it’s important to note:
1. The implementation of basic economy currently varies by point of sale
For passengers travelling from the UK and the rest of the European Union, basic economy is currently available on the following routes:
London Heathrow to Austin, Boston, Denver, Philadelphia
London Heathrow to Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Lagos, Singapore
London Gatwick to Oakland
London Gatwick to Punta Cana
Helsinki to New York
Madrid to Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth
All routes from France, Italy, The Netherlands and Malta to the United States & Canada
For passengers travelling from the United States, basic economy is currently available on the following routes:
Boston, Dallas Fort Worth, Philadelphia and Pheonix to London Heathrow
Oakland to London Gatwick
New York to Helsinki
Boston, Chicago and Dallas Fort Worth to Madrid
There are some surprising omissions, notably London to New York. Also, there are many other routes where BA competes directly against Norwegian and it has not yet launched basic economy fares. However, it is reasonable assumption that these fares will be available on many more routes in the coming months.
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