BA Group Boarding
I wrote about the rather controversial new BA boarding policy in this article back in November. It was originally due to start on 12 December but got delayed until the new year. Over the last 10 days BA have been trialling the group boarding from various airports. I thought it was worth clarifying the current situation:
T5A departures are now all using Group Boarding.
T5B and T3 should start this week
Group Boarding is being trialled on JFK flights and some short haul flights and a decision about full implementation is expected this week.
These are being introduced gradually with trials already starting in several outstations.
Have you experienced the new boarding process? Do you think it is any better than the current process? Let me know in the comments below or on social media.
New Club World changes
I reported recently that BA were planning to launch new routes in January for the new Club World catering. BA have now decided to change the launch dates and routes as follows. The next set of new routes to get Club World catering will not launch until some point in February.
The routes due to get the new catering in February are:
- New York Newark
- Hong Kong
If you have preordered a meal for one of these routes in January or February, be aware you may not get this now if it was one of the new Club World meals.
BA to buy more A380s?
It has been revealed that BA are in talks with Airbus over the potential purchase of more A380s. BA currently has 12 A380s in their fleet. You can read my review of my recent A380 flights with BA in my Flight Review section here. Previously BA had been looking at buying older A380s from airlines such as Malaysian and Singapore Airlines but had ruled this out due to the costs of refurbishing them. The A380s are one of the answers to Heathrow’s congestion issues as it allows BA to increase passenger number on routes without needing additional slots.
Airbus had been talking recently of axing the A380 program altogether until Emirates agreed to a further order of up to 16 A380s.
Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai in Club World from £1245
Another interesting ex EU deal has popped up on British Airways, this time departing from Luxembourg. It does mean backtracking to Heathrow but with Luxembourg only being a short 1 hour 30 minute flight, it’s no worse than an ex Dublin to the US. It would, of course, mean an extra 80 tier points for this part, plus any positioning flights as well. With the unlimited stopovers (for a fee) and 5 transfers in each direction, this could make an interesting tier point run.
The key rules of the fare are:
- You must stay a Saturday night
- Booking must be made at least 14 days prior to departure
- unlimited stopovers are permitted in each direction with up to 2 at €100.00 each or unlimited at €200.00 each.
- a stopover may not exceed 6 months.
- 5 transfers are permitted in each direction free
- 2 free transfers in Europe in each direction
- 3 free in Japan/Korea,
- 1 free in China in each direction
The fare must be booked by 4 February 2018. You can make your booking direct on British Airways website.
Discount on some Manchester Club Europe flights
If you are planning any holiday flights with British Airways on City Flyer operated routes from Manchester you will want to use the discount code BAMAN15. The code gives a discount of 15% on all Cityflyer operated routes in Club Europe from Manchester when booked by 25 January. These use E190 aircraft with a 2-2 configuration which obviously means you lose one of the benefits of Club Europe by no longer having a free seat next to you.
BA CityFlyer routes operate from 19 May to 27 October. The routes are:
- Mykonos (160 tier points return)
You must enter the discount code BAMAN15 when booking on britishairways.com