BA buy on board starts today at Heathrow and Gatwick – what’s on offer?

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British Airways buy on board starts today on short haul flights in economy from Heathrow and Gatwick. Club Europe remains the same though the food is due to be revamped shortly, hopefully for the better. If you are travelling from Stansted or London City the free food and soft drinks remain until summer 2017 but it appears that alcoholic drinks are no longer free from the BA page here.

For those unfamiliar with the BA announcement, this basically means that all food and drink on board must be paid for. You will only be able to get free ‘tap’ water i.e. water from the onboard tanks which is not particularly nice. It is even rumoured that they will charge you for hot water so you can’t bring your own tea bags but I am sure all will be revealed today. Remember if you bought your ticket before the changes were announced you can get 1000 Avios compensation if you complain to BA customer services.

You will notice you can also pay with Avios but the prices seem pretty steep compared to cash. It may, however, be worth it if you are Avios rich. If you want to pay using Avios, you will have to be a member of the BA Executive Club and have the miles available in that account. members will have to transfer the miles across using combine my Avios. You will be able to pay using Avios, via the British Airways app. Make sure you have the latest version of the app before you board. If you are a Bronze, Silver or Gold Member you can also pay with your Executive Club card. If you want to pay by other means you will have to pay using a credit or debit card as they don’t accept cash.

BA Buy on board menu

The onboard food will come from M&S but the choice of ‘proper’ food versus snacks is fairly limited so you may want to stock up in the terminal first.  I will be discussing the options available at Terminal 5 as an alternative tomorrow.

Sandwiches available:

Smoked British bacon roll – served hot£4.75 / 600 Avios
Aberdeen Angus beef and red onion chutney bloomer£4.75 / 600 Avios
Harissa chicken and couscous salad£4.50 / 575 Avios
Farmhouse cheddar cheese ploughmans£3.00 / 375 Avios
Buffalo mozzarella and tomato focaccia – served hot£4.95 / 625 Avios
Fruit salad£3.50 / 450 Avios
Yogurt with summer berry compote and crunchy granola£1.95 / 250 Avios

The alcoholic drinks are pretty steep:

Bacardi Carta Blanca rum – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Baileys Irish Cream – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Bombay Sapphire® Gin – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Jonnie Walker Red – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Jack Daniels – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Smirnoff Red – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
XO Brandy – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Dry River Shiraz – 187ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Shorn Sauvignon Blanc – 187ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Belle Vignes Sauvignon Blanc – 187ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Belle Vignes Syrah Rose – 187ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Belle Vignes Grenache Syrah Marselan – 187ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Prosecco Bottega Gold – 200ml£6.00 / 750 Avios
Heidsieck & Co. Monopole, Blue Top, Brut – 375ml£16.00 / 2025 Avios
Heineken – 330ml£4.00 / 500 Avios
Old Speckled Hen – 330ml can£4.00 / 500 Avios
Magners Original Cider – 330ml can£4.00 / 50


Soft drinks:

Highland Spring sparkling water – 500ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Highland Spring still water – 500ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Vita Coco coconut water 330ml£2.70 / 350 Avios
Sprite – 330ml can£1.80 / 225 Avios
Coca Cola – 330ml can£1.80 / 225 Avios
Diet Coke – 330ml can£1.80 / 225 Avios
Fanta Orange – 330ml can£1.80 / 225 Avios
Pip Organic orange juice – 200ml£2.70 / 350 Avios
Pip Organic apple juice – 200ml£2.70 / 350 Avios
Folkington`s Elderflower Presse – 250ml can£2.20 / 275 Avios
Fruit shoot Orange, low sugar – 200ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Appletiser – 330ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Fever Tree tonic water – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Fever Tree Slimline tonic water – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Big Tom Spiced Tomato mix – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Folkington`s Ginger Ale – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Folkington`s Club Soda – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Folkington`s Bitter Lemon – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios

Snacks and hot drinks are also available with tea and coffee at £2.30.


4 Comments on "BA buy on board starts today at Heathrow and Gatwick – what’s on offer?"

  1. I have travelled a few times on what appears to be a revamped Club Europe (I assume they’re rolling it out slowly) and the visual difference is a pillow and a blanket – a little odd and they just seem to get in the way but the food was very nice with a menu to chose from – perhaps BA are trying to align Club Europe more with Club World?

    • Thanks Pete. Was that on longer flights? It’s rumoured they are due to start the revamped Club Europe menu in February but haven’t heard anything to confirm it yet. Will be flying early Feb so I’ll report back if any improvements.

  2. The flights were around 3 hours – a shorter one of around 2 hours seemed to be ‘normal’ Club Europe.
    BA don’t seem to be doing themselves any favours in the press at the moment with cabin crew strikes and apparently adopting a low cost model in short haul economy – such a shame for our ?? carrier!

    • Totally agree. There is no point BA trying to compete with LCCs by removing the things that set BA apart but then not lowering fares. Other than flying from Heathrow and Avios/Tier points I can’t see any reason someone would fly BA shorthaul in economy if there was a choice. We were looking to fly to Palma in June and the prices were ridiculous – £700 for club and £400 economy. Easyjet booked instead for £200 and better timings.

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