BA news: New BOB menu, Deals reached over BA booking fees & BA hotel deals

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Buy on board (BOB) menu enhancements

BA introduced buy on board in January this year on short-haul flights from Heathrow and Gatwick. Flights operated by BA CityFlyer to and from London City, London Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh or Manchester were due to implement the BOB menu in October. The date was originally July but was put back after a legal challenge by a customer. Now the latest from BA suggest it will be introduced in 2018 but no firm date is given.

I wrote about the introduction with the menu in this article. BA at the time promised us a ‘seasonally inspired menu’. They have now introduced a new menu which appears to suggest that people don’t eat salad or healthy foods in the winter as quite a few items have gone! The sandwiches have all changed too apart from the bacon roll. In addition to the items below, there will also be a Christmas style turkey sandwich which used to be pretty good from memory.

Fresh food available (if you are lucky):

Smoked British bacon roll – served hot £4.75 / 600 Avios
Roasted falafel and spinach wrap £4.40 / 550 Avios
Buffalo mozzarella and tomato focaccia – served hot £4.95 / 625 Avios
Honey roast ham and farmhouse cheddar cheese sandwich £3.90 / 500 Avios
Maple syrup porridge £1.30 /175 Avios

Gone are the fruit salad, chicken couscous salad, yoghurt parfait and beef sandwich.

BA winter buy on board menu

Savoury snacks:

Fruit and nuts £1.60 / 200 Avios
Tapas bar meat and cheese platter (not M &S) £4.95 / 625 Avios
Cashew nuts £1.60 / 200 Avios
Wasabi peas £1.60 / 200 Avios
Sea salt and balsamic vinegar hand cooked crisps £1.15 / 150 Avios
Lightly sea salted hand cooked crisps

The tapas platter contains olives, Spanish cured sausage, Iberico cheese, crackers and serrano ham.

Sweet snacks:

Percy Pig™ – soft gums made with fruit juice £2.00 / 250 Avios
4 Finger KitKat™ £1.20 / 150 Avios
All butter shortbread – pack of two biscuits £1.35 / 175 Avios
Mini Jaffa cakes £1.40 / 175 Avios
Salted caramel hazelnut millionaire – gluten free biscuit

The alcoholic drinks are pretty expensive and quite a few favourites have disappeared including Baileys and Bacardi:

Alcoholic drinks

Sipsmith London Dry Gin – 50ml £6.00 / 750 Avios
Bombay Sapphire® Gin – 50ml £4.50 / 575 Avios
Smirnoff Red – 50ml £4.50 / 575 Avios
Grey Goose Vodka – 50ml £6.00 / 750 Avios
Johnnie Walker Red – 50ml £4.50 / 575 Avios
Jack Daniels – 50ml £4.50 / 575 Avios
XO Brandy – 50ml £4.50 / 575 Avios
Heineken – 330ml £4.45 / 575 Avios
Old Speckled Hen – 330ml can £4.45 / 575 Avios
Adnams Jack Brand Crystal Rye IPA – 33ml can £4.45 / 575 Avios
Magners Irish Cider Original – 330ml can £4.45 / 575 Avios
Woolloomooloo Australian Red Shiraz – 187ml
£5.50 / 700 Avios
Belles Vignes French Red GSM Grenache-Syrah-Marselan – 187ml £4.50 / 575 Avios
Deep River South African Chenin Blanc – 187ml £4.50 / 575 Avios
Mirror Lake New Zealand White Sauvignon Blanc – 187ml £5.50 / 700 Avios
Bottega Gold Italian Prosecco DOC – 200ml £6.50 / 825 Avios
Bottega Rose Gold Italian Sparkling Pinot Noir – 200ml £6.50 / 825 Avios
Heidsieck Monopole French Blue Top Brut NV Champagne – 375ml £16.00 / 2025

Soft drinks:

Note: It will not look like this one board in your plastic glass with 2 ice cubes!

Coca Cola – 330ml can £1.80 / 225 Avios
Diet Coke – 330ml can £1.80 / 225 Avios
Sprite – 330ml can £1.80 / 225 Avios
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
Pip Organic apple juice – 200ml £2.70 / 350 Avios
Pip Organic orange juice – 200ml £2.70 / 350 Avios
Big Tom Tomato juice – 150ml £1.50 / 200 Avios
Fever-Tree tonic water – 150ml £1.50 / 200 Avios
Fever-Tree Naturally Light tonic water – 150ml £1.50 / 200 Avios
Fever-Tree Ginger Ale – 150ml £1.50 / 200 Avios

Hot drinks are also available with tea and coffee at £2.30 including a new option of lemon and ginger tea.

If buy on board doesn’t appeal you can see the other options for picnics to take onboard here and the new Plane Food picnics here.

BA booking fees

In this article, I talked about how BA (& Iberia) are introducing a £8 fee for all flights not booked direct on ba.com. Understandably a lot of the large travel agent groups have been negotiating with BA to get rid of this fee. So far agreements are known to have been reached with American Express Travel, Dial a Flight and Flight Centre group. I would guess most TLFL readers would usually buy direct to get their extra Avios on the BA Amex card,. However, there are occasions, such as Amex card offers, where it may make more sense to book through Amex Travel. This looks like a positive sign that other agencies will follow suit.

 

BA hotel deals

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

There are a number of hotel deals available via the BA Executive Club this month that are worth considering. The best ones are:

Fairmont

Book a Fairmont ‘Suite Moments’ in the US and get:

  • 500 bonus Avios
  • Up to 25% discount off selected room bookings (suite accommodation, booked at daily rate)
  • Complimentary breakfast for two
  • 1 Fairmont cocktail per person
  •  Fairmont Presidents Club & Swissotel members get $25 hotel credit for each day of stay.

Atlantis the Palm

atlantis the palm discount

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

  • 5% discount off the standard daily rate and triple Avios for eligible bookings for Deluxe and Imperial Club rooms
  • 25% discount off the standard daily rate and quadruple Avios for eligible bookings for Suites.

Valid on bookings made between now and 18 January 2018 for stays between 14 October and 27 July 2018. Black-out dates apply.

Convert your hotel points for up to a 35% bonus

Avios bonus

If you have a small amount of hotel points sitting in an account and don’t want to use them for a hotel stay, you may want to consider moving them over to BA Avios. Before doing so you should check all the other options as there is usually a range of other options such as experiences, including concerts, and gift vouchers to use up points. If you convert your points before the end of October 2017 you will receive up to a  35% bonus on the following points when transferred to your BA Executive account as Avios.

  • Hilton Hotels
  • Carlson Hotels
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Minimum amounts for transfer vary between hotel partners:  Club Carlson – 2,000 points; Hilton Honors – 10,000; Hyatt Gold Passport – 5,000; IHG Rewards – 10,000; Marriott Rewards – 10,000; Shangri-La Golden Circle – 2,500. The conversion rates also vary. To get the bonus you need to log in to your hotel loyalty scheme account and complete the points to Avios transfer before 31 October.

More details on all the offers on ba.com under Executive Club.

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