Passengers will now be able to hold their British Airways flight for up to 72 hours for as little as €5 through ba.com. This will give customers the time to make sure they are happy with their flight choices before paying for them. BA is also offering passengers from Ireland the chance to travel in style this autumn with reductions of over 30% on flights to destinations worldwide.
If within 72 hours customers want to pay for their flights, the hold deposit is refunded and the ticket can be bought.
Holding reservations per person on short-haul flights costs €5, while those wanting to secure seats on long-haul flights pay €10 per person.
Drew Crawley, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a great flight price but not being able to book it straight away, either because you may need to get the time off work or check it is ok with family or friends – then coming back and finding there are no seats left or the price has changed.
“Now customers can see the price, hold their seats and be sure that is all they will pay, up to three days later. Feedback from customers means we are confident that this reassurance will prove very popular and give them the time to book the flights they want and give certainty they have a great deal.”
Only one person’s name is needed to hold the flights. The names of everyone travelling can be added within 72 hours of the booking being held. Seats can be held up to 21 days before departure.
The new hold option is the result of a joint project between British Airways and Iberia, both owned by IAG. It applies to reservations for all flights operated by British Airways, including code-sharing flights, Iberia, Iberia Express, and Air Nostrum, including any combinations of flights of British Airways and Iberia, as long as they are on the same ticket.
However, you can only use this feature at least 21 days before departure – generally prices will change most within 21 days of departure, when this would be most useful.
British Airways is offering passengers from Ireland the chance to travel in style this autumn with massive reductions of over 30% on flights to many destinations across the globe.
The sale, which continues until 23rd September 2014, is offering passengers the opportunity to take advantage of these fares across all British Airways’ cabins.
Passengers in First enjoy savings of up to €1,658 on flights to Hong Kong. Club World passengers can benefit from reductions of 25% on flights to Johannesburg for €2,360 and up to 25% on flights to Shanghai for €2,100. World Traveller Plus cabins have reductions of 34% on flights to Bangkok for €1,035, with World Traveller fares cut by 32% on fares to Sydney priced at €865.
Keith Chuter, British Airways’ Sales Manager for Ireland, said: “We are delighted to offer our customers great reductions on fares across all our cabins. Whether travelling for business or for leisure, we have some great offers to suit all passengers.”