British Airways launches ‘basic fares’ on long-haul flights with passengers charged for baggage and seat reservation

British Airways passengers will now have to pay to check in luggage and select seats on some long-haul routes.


British Airways has introduced a “Basic” fare designed to appeal to the most cost-saving passengers.


The airline, insisting this is a genuine fare cut, will charge extra for checking in baggage and reserving seats.


The new basic fares will be available between London and the following cities: Austin, Boston, Delhi, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Oakland, Philadelphia, Punta Cana and Singapore.


Tickets will cost up to £60 less than the standard roundtrip fare.


However, checking in a piece of luggage will cost from £80 roundtrip, with seat selection starting at £20 one-way.


Adam Daniels, the airline’s chief commercial officer, said: “We know that when our customers travel with us their needs vary from trip to trip – some will be flying on business, some for leisure, some will be on short hops, others will be longer stays.


“We need to ensure that the fares we provide reflect those differing needs so customers can select the best option for them on that occasion.


“Someone travelling for a short meeting or leisure break, who isn’t planning to check in a bag and is happy for us to allocate them a seat, will appreciate the option to secure a lower fare.”


As part of a larger rollout by BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair will also introduce the basic fare.