September 11 2013

..and charges for checked in baggage.

Passengers of British Airways on some short-haul routes from London City and Heathrow will be charged a £10 fee for checking in a bag. How it will work is that from 24th September, passengers travelling without checked baggage to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam and Stockholm will get a £10 discount on the cheapest tickets. The airline has launched “hand-baggage only” fares that reward travelling light to eight domestic and European destinations and passengers who chose to check in a bag must pay £10 more. So is it a discount or a charge? It operates as an extra fee so we think it is a charge.

lost luggage mountain

Has anyone seen my bag?

This policy already applies to BA’s short-haul flights from Gatwick, but today’s move is significant in that there is no significant no-frills rival at either Heathrow or London City whereas Easyjet is a major rival at Gatwick.

But watch this space as if the scheme proves successful BA may introduce it across the whole short haul network in the months ahead.

However, an unwelcome feature of the scheme and some would say taking going too far into the budget airline model, passengers who book BA’s hand-baggage-only fare but turn up at the airport with a bag to check in will pay a £40 fee, a move likely to be very unpopular with passengers stung by the fee at check in.  Will such a move be compatible with BA’s brand? Time will tell.




Following on from our story of yesterday about Qatar Airways joining oneworld, we cab report that LAN Colombia, a company related to LATAM Airlines Group SA (LAN Airlines), will become an affiliate member of oneworld.   LAN Airlines itself has been a full member of oneworld since 2000.  All other passenger airline affiliates of LAN Airlines have joined oneworld as affiliate members subsequently – LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru – apart from TAM, which will transition to oneworld from Star Alliance in 2014.
This will bring all of the components of Latin America’s leading airline group into the same global airline alliance.
Through its oneworld partnership with British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines, LAN Colombia will be able to offer its customers the most popular gateways for Latin American travelers, in their Miami, New York, Madrid and London Heathrow hubs.

From its first flights on Tuesday, 1 October 2013, LAN Colombia will offer oneworld’s full range of services and benefits.

Its cardholders of the LANPASS frequent flyer programme will enjoy privileges whenever they fly with any oneworld member airline – including the ability to earn and redeem awards and earn tier status points when flying on any oneworld airline partner.