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British Airways to trial new short haul fares

 12 Sep 2013

British AirwaysBritish Airways has announced a new trial, starting 11 September 2013, to simplify the short haul point to point fares and offer customers more choice and greater flexibility.

The Hand Baggage Only (HBO) fare, introduced at London Gatwick in February 2013, will be extended to selected routes to/from London Heathrow and London City and new Semi-flex and Fully-flex fares will be introduced.

It is available on flights from London to Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Rome, Rotterdam, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The suite of new fare types, including the HBO fare will be trialled on nine routes and are available for sale from 11 September 2013 for travel from 24 September 2013:

  • Hand Baggage Only (HBO) ­ the lowest price for when you want to travel light
  • Standard ­ the lowest all inclusive price, with everything you would expect when flying with British Airways
  • Semi-flex ­ when your travel plans change last minute, BA's Semi-flex price gives you the option to change your flight on the day to an earlier or later flight
  • Fully-flex ­ BA's fully flexible price gives you complete flexibility and control to change when and where you fly

New more flexible fare attributes mean that customers will have the option to make changes to their itinerary with no change fee and the ability to be able to make changes to their ticket on the day of travel free of charge.

Semi-flex tickets will also give customers the opportunity to select their seat free of charge two days in advance of travel and Fully-flex tickets allow customers to choose their seat free of charge at any time.

BA's standard Euro Traveller fares will continue to be available year-round.


Roll out of new short haul fare types from 9 October 2013

Following the successful trial on selected routes of new short haul fare types, including the HBO fare British Airways has decided to extended the fare types across all of the short haul point to point flights with the following exceptions:

  • London to Moscow (long haul service)
  • Amman/Baku/Beirut/Cairo/Tel Aviv
  • Any connecting journeys
  • Travel on franchise partners such as Comair and Sunair

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