British Airways extends hand-baggage only fares

British Airways extends hand-baggage only fares

British Airways is extending lower fares for passengers travelling with hand baggage only from Gatwick, Heathrow and London City airport.

Hand baggage-only fares have gone on sale for travel from September 24.

They include nine short-haul destinations from Heathrow and to Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Rome, Rotterdam, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Sample return fares from Heathrow start at £88 to Rotterdam, £91 to Edinburgh and Glasgow and £96 to Amsterdam - £20 off the current lowest rates.

Similar discounts apply to passengers with hand baggage-only flying from London City to Amsterdam, Stockholm, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Return fares lead in at £98 to Glasgow and Edinburgh, £137 to Amsterdam and £144 to Stockholm.

Customers choosing the hand baggage-only fare can carry on a case sized 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, plus a handbag or laptop bag.

The airline is also trialing a new semi-flex fare between London and Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The semi-flex option offers customers an option between a standard ticket and a fully-flexible one. It allows people to change their booking for free on the day of travel and seats can be selected free of charge two days prior to travel rather than the standard 14 hours in advance.

No fees will be incurred if travellers need to make a change to the booking the day before they travel, just any fare differences.

BA 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.”

He added: “We have also listened to our customers and we’re introducing a new fare type, the semi-flex ticket, which gives travellers a range of new options, including the opportunity to change their ticket on the day of departure for no extra fee.”

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