BA Charges Upgrade Fee

Apr 23rd, 2015, 04:40 AM
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BA Charges Upgrade Fee

For those of you who are unaware, British Airways on transatlantic flights has started using these horrible new 3-3-3 configuration planes with tiny seat sizes. And I mean tiny. The "premium" seats consist of a pair in the very last row, which is the only double on the plane, and exit row seats, which are adjacent to the restrooms on this aircraft. They have the gaul to charge you an extra $75 to sit in these "premium" seats, which are ironically the worst seats on the plane.

When I discovered this, I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade to their "plus" seating section. I called them to upgrade, and they said it would almost double the cost of my ticket. OK, I was expecting something like that. But then they said that they would have to charge me change fee on top of that! A change fee to upgrade.

Moral of the story: avoid this aircraft. Better yet, avoid British Airways. Everytime you think that airlines have run out of ways to make travel miserable, they always seem to find more.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 04:52 AM
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And every time the airlines impose new fees AND travelers simply accept them all the other carriers know they can do it as well.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 05:23 AM
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A little research would have shown you the type of plane used before you booked, so you could decide which class to fly. If you bought the non changeable economy ticket be grateful you could upgrade at all, with or without the fee. You get what you pay for, and a little research on your own part would have saved you a lot.
During booking you can see what type of plane you will be on, and use somewhere like seatguru to see how it is configured.

We flew to San Francisco with BA, out in in economy, back in economy plus, both ways on a 747. We could have paid more and flown on an Airbus, but were happy with the old 747.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 06:32 AM
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In addition to what the others said, is your friend.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 06:32 AM
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My BA economy tix havent allowed me to even choose a seat w/out a fee. I guess the good news is Im on 747s this next time
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