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British Airways today announced what many short-haul economy fliers had been eagerly waiting for. The airline will start charging for all beverage and food items effective on January 11, 2016.

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The fresh food items are Marks & Spenser branded (not sure if actually supplied by them). Consumers that have booked British Airways short-haul flights for travel on or after January 11, 2017, should contact BA customer relations and request refund or Avios compensation due to product downgrade. [click to continue…]

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British Airways (part of IAG that is 20% owned by Qatar Airways) has entered into a Joint Business Agreement (surprise!) with Qatar Airways.

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The airlines will codeshare all flights between UK & Doha. British Airways will place its code on flights operated Qatar Airways to destinations in Africa, Middle East and Asia that the airline doesn’t serve. Qatar Airways in turn will place its code on BA operated flights to destinations in the UK and Europe (majority of which it doesn’t fly directly from Doha). [click to continue…]

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It has been a rumor already for the past few weeks that British Airways would stop offering complimentary drinks and food on short-haul economy starting in January 2017 and seems that the British papers have now confirmed this (no denials from BA).

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British Airways has already “enhanced” most of the short-haul food away and is experimenting selling snacks on its long-haul flights (read more here). [click to continue…]

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British Airways Executive Club has launched an Avios sale that comes with 35% bonus for purchases made between September 13 – 27, 2016.

British AIrways Executive Club Buy Avios September 2016 Campaign

British Airways has also temporarily increased the number of Avios you can purchase before any bonuses from 35,000 to 100,000. The number of Avios that you can purchase under this offer with the bonus included is 135,000. [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader Tweeted us a photo taken inside the British Airways Concorde Room at London’s Heathrow airport. This lounge is used for first class passengers (no access for Oneworld Emeralds) and for those that have the Concorde Room card.

British Airways Concorde Room

It seems that part of the lounge is now taken over by a Samsung pop-up shop that really doesn’t seem to fit the space clearly as shown above. Also, Samsung had to recall more than 2 million devices this week due to exploding batteries. [click to continue…]

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BMI Diamond Club has already been closed to non-UK members since December 31, 2012, after British Airways acquired the airline (and took over the LHR slots).

BMI Diamond Club Closing

Members in the UK that have had the BMI Diamond Club affiliated credit card had been able to earn Avios at a favorable rate (compared to BA products) and also were eligible for a 10% discount off of BA flights. [click to continue…]

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British Airways has been busy lately “enhancing” their food and beverage options in economy class and even scaling down first class too.

British Airways Paid Snacks

The airline dropped the second meal on some long-haul flights and “enhanced” complimentary food away besides some crisps on many European routes as well. Now the airline is introducing paid snack items on long-haul flights effective August 24, 2016. [click to continue…]

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Seems that British Airways may have an issue on its hands after the airline required ESTA for a cello that a musician was trying to transport with her to the United States.

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The person had purchased a second seat for the instrument under the name ”Chuck Cello” but British Airways couldn’t allow it to fly without getting an ESTA first. [click to continue…]

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British Airways seems to be very busy dropping airlines that Executive Club members can book awards on BA’s website using Avios.

British Airways Executive Club S7 Airlines Awards Using Avios

Last month, BA made booking some Cathay Pacific and Dragonair awards not available booking on its website within four days of departure (read more here). Now, BA has further “enhanced” its website by removing the ability to book S7 Airlines (Oneworld member) awards on its website altogether without any notice earlier this month. [click to continue…]