British Airways offers discounts to hand luggage-only passengers

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Following in the footsteps of no-frills airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet, British Airways will introduce cheaper fees for passengers with just hand luggage.

compare travel cardsPassengers travelling with just hand luggage to certain routes from Gatwick will enjoy lower fees, as BA takes its cue from budget airline rivals.

Those travelling from Gatwick to short-haul destinations Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Jersey, Tunis and Turin will be offered a discount by the flag-carrier if they do not need to check baggage into the hold.

BA said it recognises that many passengers on these routes travel for short periods and so have no need for baggage.

The size of the discounts will range from £9 to £15. The move means that passengers will pay more if they check in baggage that needs to travel in the hold of the aircraft – although the airline insisted it is not increasing ticket prices for those that cannot make do with hand luggage.

A BA spokesman said: “All passengers still get features like on-board drinks, seat allocation and priority boarding for families. We are trying to give more choice on those routes where there is demand for just hand luggage.”

The change is due to be rolled out across all short-haul flights from Gatwick. This, in addition to the potential fare price hikes at Heathrow, could encourage more people to fly from Gatwick.

Heathrow is currently awaiting approval on a £3bn five-year investment plan, which will plough money into the opening of the new Terminal 2 and improve check-in and baggage facilities.

However, in order to secure this investment, Heathrow wants regulators to allow it to charge airlines more to use the airport between 2014 and 2019.

The knock-on effect means passengers departing from Heathrow could face “incredibly steep price rises”.

Carefully selecting your departure airport and opting not to take a suitcase are good ways to save money on holiday.

Another is by taking a prepaid card, as this can help prevent ‘holiday mode’ spilling over into your finances, ensuring you stick to your budget whilst overseas.

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