British Airways has rolled out its hand-baggage only and new semi-flex fare options across its entire short-haul network of more than 90 destinations.

The seats are now on sale for immediate travel on all European and domestic routes to and from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

The semi-flex fare will give customers all the benefits of a standard fare, such as a generous baggage allowance and food and drinks plus:
• free booking changes on the day of departure from the same airport to the same destination
• the ability to select a seat for free two days prior to travel
• no change fee prior to the day of travel

The semi-flex option offers customers an option between a standard ticket and a fully-flex one. It gives people the opportunity on the day of travel to change their booking for free. For example, if a customer’s meeting runs over or finishes early, they can simply switch to a later return flight provided there are still seats available in their cabin. There will be no change or service fees and customers won’t have to pay the difference between the cost of their original ticket and the price available on the day.

If a customer needs to make a change to the booking the day before they travel, they will not incur a change fee, just any fare differences.

Those with a semi-flex fare will also benefit from the ability to reserve a seat on ba.com for free two days before travel, rather than 24 hours as with a standard fare.

Customers will also be able to mix and match between the standard, semi-flex and fully-flex fare classes. For example, a customer travelling for a meeting in Edinburgh may want a standard ticket from London as they know the start time to a meeting, but a semi-flex back in case it finishes earlier than planned.

Customers choosing the hand baggage-only fare can continue to take advantage of the airline’s hand luggage allowance and carry on a good-sized case (56cm x 45cm x 25cm), plus a handbag or laptop bag.

Robin Glover-Faure, head of short-haul, said: “The hand-baggage only and semi flex fares have proved popular with customers as they are able to create a booking that suits them best, either with flexibility in one or both directions, or by delivering an added discount to those who don’t want to check in a bag.

“We’re now planning on rolling both ticket types out across our entire short-haul network so all our customers flying to Europe or within the UK will benefit from greater choice and more flexibility when they fly with British Airways.”