British Airways launch new '˜basic' fares service

British Airways has launched a new ‘basic’ fares service allowing passengers to travel on some long-haul flights with tickets costing up to £60 less on a standard return fare.

The new basic fares will be included in flights from London to Austin, Boston, Delhi, Denver, Hong Kong, Oakland, Philadelphia, Punta Cana, Singapore and Dubai.

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The fares will give lower fares for travellers who do not want to check in a bag, or select a seat.

Prices from London to Dubai will start from £143, Boston from £175, Oakland from £185, Denver from £191, Delhi from £210, Hong Kong from £228, Singapore from £230, Philadelphia from £234, Punta Cana from £240 and Austin from £246.

All prices are each way, based on a return fare.

The basic fare service is already available on some short haul flights.

Adam Daniels, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, commented: “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. 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.

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“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. And those looking to make even more savings can use Avios towards the flight too."