British Airways launches affordable ‘basic fare’ on long-haul flights

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British Airways has introduced new, more affordable ‘basic’ fares for passengers on some of their long-haul flights – with tickets available now. 

If you’re on the cusp of booking your summer holiday, but can’t quite decide on a destination then you might want to set your sights on somewhere a little further afield.

Delhi, perhaps? Or why not consider venturing to the Rocky Mountains of Denver? Because British Airways has just launched affordable flights from London to a number of their long-haul routes.

And the only catch? You’ll have to pay £80 to check in your luggage, and £20 to select a seat.

Basic fare tickets are now on sale for flights from London to Austin (from £246), Boston (from £175), Delhi (from £210), Denver (from £191), Dubai, Hong Kong, Oakland, Philadelphia, Punta Cana and Singapore. The cheapest fare – to Dubai – will cost £143 each way.

The airline offers a ‘basic fare’ to Hong Kong. 

BA already offers this type of basic fare on its short-haul flights, but in a bid to make their fares more competitive, the airline has addressed the needs of various customers. 

“We know that when our customers travel with us, their needs vary from trip to trip. Some will be flying on business, some for leisure, some will be on short hops, others will be longer stays,” says Adam Daniel, BA’s chief commercial officer.

“We need to ensure that the fares we provide reflect those differing needs so customers can select the best option for them on that occasion.

However, passengers will still be served complimentary food and drink and be able to take two items of hand luggage on board.

“Someone travelling for a short meeting or leisure break, who isn’t planning to check in a bag and is happy for us to allocate them a seat, will appreciate the option to secure a lower fare. They’ll still receive our generous hand baggage allowance, a seat allocated to them in advance, complimentary food and drink, in-flight entertainment, blankets and headphones, all at no extra cost.”

Time for a trip of a lifetime? You can book your flight here.

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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.