British Airways puts new baggage rates into effect
RAF MILDENHALL, England — Air passengers will have to pay a fee if they check more than one bag on British Airways flights under new baggage regulations that took effect Tuesday.
Under the new rules, most second bags checked onto British Airways flights will cost travelers a set fee ranging from 30 British pounds on domestic flights to 120 pounds for long-haul destinations. The fees apply even if the bags are under total weight restrictions, according to the policy posted on British Airways’ Web site.
The fee applies on both outward and return journeys, meaning up to 240 pounds of fees for some passengers. The fee for short-haul flights to European destinations will be 60 pounds each way, the policy reads.
One exception, however, is for flights headed to the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Nigeria, Mexico and Brazil, where passengers will still be able to check two bags as long as they remain under the weight restrictions, according to the policy.
Currently, passengers’ baggage is allowed to weigh up to 70 pounds. Under the new guidelines, economy-class passengers traveling anywhere but the exempted countries will be allowed only a single bag weighing under 23 kilograms (50 pounds) before incurring the fee, although the airline will wait to implement weight restrictions until Sept. 30, the policy reads.
Passengers traveling in higher classes on long-haul flights will still be able to check multiple bags weighing under 50 pounds each, and infants will be allowed a single bag with a 50-pound maximum, according to the policy.
In a statement released Thursday, British Airways said it was changing the baggage rules “to simplify existing policies.”
“At present charges vary according to weight, route and class of travel. We are replacing these with three simple rates for bags additional to the free allowance,” the statement reads.
The new policy may mean price breaks for some passengers wishing to take excess baggage on a British Airways flight. Under the current setup, excess baggage on a flight to Sydney, Australia, for instance, costs about 30.89 pounds per kilogram — or 710 pounds for an extra 23 kilos.
The baggage fee revisions come less than two weeks after a Feb. 1 boost in England’s Air Passenger Duty, which doubled the tax due the government from 5 pounds to 10 pounds on domestic and European flights, and from 20 pounds to 40 pounds on long-distance flights.
British Airways customers, however, also can save 30 percent on the new baggage fees for most routes until Sept. 30 by paying in advance online, according to the new policy.
More information is available at: http://www.britishairways.com/travel/bgpolicy/public/en_gb