British Airways is one of the largest carrier airlines of the United Kingdom based at Heathrow Airport. The airline aims to connect Britain with the world and the world with Britain with their 100 + years of service. British Airways flies to multiple destinations including Europe, North America, Asia and more.

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British Airways is currently operational in South Africa with international flights departing from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Destination that you could fly to with British Airways include but not limited to Europe, North America, Asia, Caribbean and more. Visit British Airways website for more details on their current network and routes.

British Airways' COVID-19 travel requirements

The COVID-19 pandemic has globally impacted air travel. Please visit the British Airways’ website for travel support during COVID-19. For country specific regulations you can refer to our Covid Travel Map.


British Airways has introduced a modern fleet for their flights to London and beyond. Featuring a stylish new interior, the economy cabin is fitted out with the latest slim-line seats with greater recline, larger personal video screens and in-seat power supply. Each seat also features an adjustable headrest and lumbar support. Pillows and blankets are provided at each seat as are complimentary toothbrush and toothpaste packets. Eye shades and flight socks are available upon request.

Enjoy hundreds of entertainment options on British Airways’ High Life Entertainment System. Featuring movies, TV programmes, games, music and more, passengers will find hours of personal, on demand programming. Each seat back video screen is touch activated and easy to use and navigate. Headphones are provided. Complimentary meals, beverages and bar service are provided throughout the flight and passengers can choose from a selection of menu items. Light snacks are also available between meal services.

More on British Airways Economy Class here.

A view of several rows of screens at the back of seats as part of in-flight entertainment on a British Airways Economy flight.

Premium Economy

Premium Economy passengers on British Airways flights will enjoy attentive service and greater personal space at a more affordable price than business class. Premium Economy offers wider seats than regular economy and features more leg room. Situated in its own intimate cabin, Premium Economy passengers are treated to complimentary meal and bar service throughout the flight. An amenity kit which contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, eye covers and socks is also complimentary. Additionally, each seat has its own power supply to recharge laptops and other portable devices.

On demand programming is available throughout the flight on personal video screens that are up to 35 percent larger than screens offered before the recent cabin refurbishments. Noise reducing headsets are also available and offer maximum listening enjoyment. The Premium Economy three course meals are offered with a complimentary bar and beverage service which comes with premium wines, beers and spirits. On most long haul flights, the main course is the same as business class offerings.

More on British Airways Premium Economy Class here.

Business Class

Business Class perks on British Airways flights include a spacious seating area that converts into a lie-flat bed. The perks, however, begin from the time you arrive at the airport. A dedicated check-in lane, priority boarding, and lounge access make for a relaxing journey through the airport. Personalised attention continues upon boarding with a welcome drink and luxury amenity kit. The comfortable armchair reclines to a fully lie-flat bed and soft bedding and linens are made available.

Each seat is equipped with its own power supply for use of your portable devices such as laptops and tablets. Enjoy your own entertainment on these devices or settle in and watch the latest movies and TV programs on British Airways’ own High Life Entertainment System. Each seat is equipped with its own touch screen and comes with noise cancelling headsets.

Sumptuous menus with fresh seasonal ingredients make for a memorable dining experience, especially when enjoyed from your business class table. Business Class settings include fresh table linens and meals are served on quality dish and glassware. In between the three course meals, tasty snacks are made available. As always, a full bar and beverage service can be enjoyed throughout the flight.

More on British Airways Business Class here.

First Class

The most comfortable way to fly with British Airways, First Class offers the finest in food, entertainment and service. First Class is especially known for its private seating areas that feature cushy mattress beds with thick duvets. Pyjamas are also provided along with a luxury amenity kit with toiletry items, lotions and lip balms. Combine all this with five-star dining and attentive service both on the ground and in the air and the hours spent travelling will fly by.

Personal 15 inch screens with noise cancelling headphones combined with endless entertainment options will offer nonstop viewing and listening pleasure. USB and power ports are also available to plug in laptops and tablets.

It’s always a pleasure dining in first class. The fine dining experience is set off with lovely table settings complete with fine linens, crockery and glassware. Chef inspired menus offer a wide variety of international dishes that are individually prepared and served in courses. Dine when you like as well. The designated cabin staff will deliver your selections at the time of your choosing.

More on British Airways First Class here.

Choose your perfect way to fly with British Airways and their travel classes.

British Airways Baggage Allowance

Checked baggage

Checked baggage allowances vary depending on flight routing, cabin class and frequent flyer status. Generally, baggage allowances are as follows:

Economy class - 2 bags with a maximum of 23kg each

Premium Economy - 2 bags with a maximum of 23kg each

Business and First - 2 bags with a maximum of 32kg each

Executive Club Gold and Oneworld Emerald members receive one additional 32kg bag while Executive Club Silver and One World Sapphire members receive two additional 32kg bags.

Baggage allowances may differ on other airlines. Check beforehand if your itinerary includes travel on an alliance partner airline.

Bulky Items

Many bulky items such as sporting equipment and musical instruments can be checked in as part of the passengers free baggage allowance. Musical instruments that fit within the carry-on size dimensions can be taken in the cabin. British Airways’ website can help you determine what items are permitted and what items will incur an additional charge.

Non-motorised bicycles are permitted only if packed in a protective case or bag. Pedals should be removed and tyres deflated.

Infant Baggage

An extra carry-on bag is permitted for infants but must fit within the specified dimensions. Car seats and prams can be checked in free of charge. Infants are considered under the age of 2. Children ages 2 and older must have a seat purchased for them.

Restricted Dangerous or Goods

There are many liquids and materials that are banned from flying. Consult with your Flight Centre Travel Expert on specific items that are banned. Flammable liquids, gases and materials such as matches are not allowed. Explosives, fireworks, poisons, fertilizers are also banned substances.

Equipment with petrol engines are sometimes allowed to fly if drained of fuel beforehand. Always check  before departure on what is allowed on board.

Check-in at Your Leisure

There are various ways to check in for your flight on British Airways:
Online – Online check in is available from 24 hours before departure. You will just need to enter your reservation number before printing your boarding pass
Mobile – Check in using the British Airways phone app. Simply download your boarding pass and store it on your mobile
Airport Kiosk – Many airports offer the convenience of kiosks. The touch screens will guide you through the check in process before printing off your boarding pass. Once this is complete just proceed to the bag drop-off point before heading to the gate.
Counter – Airport check in counters for international flights usually open about three hours before departure. Bag drop off and travel document checks are quick and easy.

International Check-in Guide

at home
  • Know what time you need to leave the house to get to the airport
  • Pack your things, check out our baggage guide
  • Have your flight itinerary ready
  • Ensure you have your valid passport ready
Getting there
  • Be at the airport at least 120 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
At the airport
  • Proceed to check-in counter with passport and itinerary ready
  • Go through security
  • Continue through customs
  • Check the gate number and flight status
  • Sit down and get comfy!

British Airways Lounges

British Airways offers 60 of its own lounges along with an additional 90 partner lounges around the world.  Lounge access is available to those flying in business and first as well as Silver and Gold members of British Airways Executive Club. OneWorld alliance members with Emerald and Sapphire status may also use the lounges.
Lounges offer a comfortable retreat from the busy terminal areas and are quiet places to relax with a beverage and light meal. Some lounges even offer shower facilities.

BA Lounge at Heathrow Airport


British Airways Loyalty Program

British Airways is a member of the OneWorld Alliance and frequent flyer points can be earned and redeemed on these partner carriers. OneWorld members include Qantas Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, JAL, Malaysia, Finnair, Lan and others.

Executive Club is British Airways’ own frequent flyer program. Status levels include Blue and Bronze and elite levels Silver and Gold.
More details on collecting Avios and Tier Points on flights here.

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