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A lounge reopening, a new First suite and 100,000 Avios up for grabs


Win 100,000 Avios this Christmas

Gift giving is undoubtedly one of the joys of Christmas and, this year, your generosity towards friends and loved ones could result in a special treat for you. Executive Club Members who make a purchase of more than £25 via the eStore at any time in December will automatically qualify for a chance to win 100,000 Avios. That’s a lot of Avios. Enough, in fact, for three economy return flights to any destination in Europe, or a return Club World flight to Dubai, Bermuda, Montreal, Boston or New York during off-peak periods. So, when January comes around and the festivities have finished, you’ll be able to start planning a 2021 treat for yourself, on the house. Prize draw entries are capped at 25 per member between 1 to 31 December 2020. Taxes and fees on redemption flights apply, for terms and conditions see here.

Double baggage allowance for India and Pakistan

Passengers flying between the UK and all our India and Pakistan gateways in World Traveller will benefit from a doubling in their checked baggage allowance. Travellers who booked from November 06 onwards will be able to check two 23kg items into the hold, as well as taking two carry-on bags on board. The new allowance is also valid on BA CityFlyer domestic connections to India and Pakistan via London. 

A room with a view

If you’re planning a trip for the future, consider flying in First on some of our newest Boeing 777-300ERs, which bring with them a new level of luxury. First customers will enjoy a new pod, enclosed with sliding doors for privacy and a three-point seat belt. Get settled in your private haven and then take advantage of First’s other luxuries, including an à la carte menu of safely pre-packaged options with a range of hot and cold items, free Wi-Fi and a Temperley London amenity kit.

stylish airline cabin with seat for one passenger

Galleries South and First lounge and First Wing reopens at Heathrow, Terminal 5

We are happy to announce that we’ve reopened our Galleries South and First lounges and First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 which includes our Your Menu service. Please visit our FAQs page for more information. 

Hygiene first 

British Airways has been awarded a coveted, four-star COVID-19 safety rating by international air transport agency Skytrax, making it one of the first airlines to be granted the esteemed accolade.

Certification involves a thorough investigation into our safety and hygiene measures since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. It also recognises sanitary airport processing such as contactless technologies, lounge cleanliness, social distancing measures, adapted food and beverage delivery systems and cabin cleanliness, as well as the effectiveness of mass disinfectant treatments.

Find out more about Covid 19 tests in the UK here.

The results are in...

British Airways has claimed top spot in the category for Best Short-Haul Airline in The Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards 2020. More than 330,000 votes were cast by readers looking to celebrate the very best of the industry, which has shown resilience and ingenuity in the face of impossible challenges. We couldn’t be more pleased with the result and hope to celebrate with you on board as soon as we can.