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As we revealed exclusively on Head for Points two weeks ago, British Airways will launch Club Europe business class on domestic flights from 1st April.

Some behind-the-scenes work was going on yesterday to get things ready.  No domestic flights could be booked for travel from 1st April.  Normal service was meant to resume at 8am this morning.

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Firstly ….

If you have an existing domestic sector booked, take another look at it.

You may find that it now shows Club Europe.  This is especially likely if you are connecting to or from a premium class flight in London.

Anyone with a standalone Business UK ticket should also be upgraded.

Secondly ….

Take a look at your seat allocations over at ba.com.

As of last night BA had not rearranged seating on existing bookings.  However, I would expect it to be done by the time you read this.

If you have an existing domestic booking and were sat towards the front of the aircraft, you are likely to have been moved towards the middle or back.  You may want to check and move yourself if you aren’t happy with where you ended up.

If you were moved into Club Europe, you should check to see if the window or aisle seat you have been given is suitable.  If you are travelling with other people, check that they are still near you – remember that Club Europe seating is 2×2 rather than 3×3 in Euro Traveller.

Thirdly ….

Avios redemption seats for Club Europe on domestic flights should be available from 8am today when the booking system reopens.

I would expect two Avios seats in Club Europe to be showing on every flight.  If I’m right, this is a great opportunity to bag yourself some seats for peak dates – Edinburgh during the Festival, anything you may need for Christmas, New Year, Easter or Bank Holidays etc.  Yes, you’ll be paying 9,000 Avios each-way but that is still probably a better deal than paying cash.

Cash tickets for business class – which we assume will earn 80 tier points return – are pricing at around £199 at ba.com.  If you after a quick tier point run, they may be worth a look.  If you’ve got more time, however, you can get weekend breaks to certain European destinations for similar money and which are likely to be more fun.  A key difference is that these domestic tickets do NOT appear to require a Saturday night stay.


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Comments (185)

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  • Stu R says:

    This is probably why I got a whole bunch of MyFlights notifications about changes, and now all bookings showing cancelled domestic segments, and on BA.com too, even though the cancelled segments are identical to the replacement ones …. there had to be an easier way?

    • Lumma says:

      Same here, logging into manage my booking, they give you the option to accept the new flights (even though they’re the same) or get a full refund. Could be handy if anyone wants to change flights for free

    • Mike says:

      Just had an email from Iberia cancelling my domestic leg from London Edinburgh on 19 July. The Malaga London leg seems unaffected however, after logging in there’s no alternative offered “service not available” and an “accept changes” option, that’s it. Looks like a call later. My domestic leg on the F flight I have on 4 April was booked into X. BA 1479 now showing as cancelled and has been reassigned as BA 1479, same flight / same times but I’m still booked into X. No idea what’s going on. Same with the return flight on 16 th.

      • Alan says:

        I’ve found the online system rarely copes with connection flights and changes. A phone call is normally needed, it seems silly from BA’s point of view that they don’t sort out the IT, that would surely be cheaper than all the call centre activity!

  • Anon says:

    Meanwhile, prior to 1st April any more news on what (if anything) happens for pax on regional connecting flights on the same ticket as a CW Avios redemption?

    • Stu R says:

      I’m afraid these will surely always be in Y as they are ‘free’ domestic connections, you don’t even get to use the lounge at your origin unless you have status [rolls eyes at BA] ….

      • Andrew* says:

        Did a trip in F last year with a domestic connection, was ok to use lounge at NCL before flight south…

      • Anna says:

        I do a CE weekend to Europe every year and always get in the Manchester lounge on the way to Heathrow. It might be moot now though, I am not paying 18,000 avios in future for a 40 minute flight!

      • Anon says:

        Not true StuR, we used EDI lounge on our way out to MLE, I was downgraded to WTP, but I was guested in by my wife as she remained in CW.

      • Alan says:

        That’s not right, Stu – there’s no entitlement for same day connections to CE flights, but it is allowed for CW and F. Never known there to be an issue with those tickets for my folks (who don’t have status).

        • trickster says:

          Always been fine for me on CE redemptions.

          • Alan says:

            You often do, but I believe it’s not guaranteed in the same way – lots of reports of issues at LHR, rarely any problems at outstations.

  • Simon says:

    Existing MAN-LHR-JFK with the LHR-JFK in First, we are now assigned row 7 on the MAN-LHR leg, and row 6 on the return. This is an existing Avios and 2-4-1 booking.

    • Grimz says:

      I have CE confirmed now my EDI-GAT leg of my EDI-GAT-ORL 241 booking but no seats assigned unless we pay for them.

  • Mark R says:

    Booked Abz-Bcn reward flights yesterday was pricing at 30k miles return in economy, 45k Miles return in club Europe. Where as before it was 36k as uk domestic was economy before going to club Europe for the European sector

  • Tony says:

    I have an economy avios return to Edinburgh booked over may bank holiday and the app now shows two separate flights each way in club Europe but still with the original exit seats that I reserved in et (exit seats)

    Checking for seating shows only up to row 4 available, so I expect to be in et.

    Suppose it’ll sort itself out at some point.

  • Lumma says:

    Ot but related in a way, anyone have any recent experience of what ba do if you skip the last leg of a flight with them. I have MAN-BOS via LHR booked and I’d ideally like to not bother going back up to Manchester on the way back. Quite likely to be just using hand luggage so won’t have to worry about checked luggage.

  • bdm82 says:

    My EDI-LHR-NYC Avios 241 redemption has booked into eurotraveller for domestic leg

    • peter19 says:

      I also have this allocated into the euro traveler bucket. I was tracking flight prices for an American trip and its shot up over £1k last night!

      • Anna says:

        Ditto, my connecting flights on my long haul trip are still in ET, but my short haul trip booked for April is CE on all sectors. Maybe they think we are getting enough perks on the CW leg!

        • Anna says:

          It’s starting to look as though the connecting flight cabin has been allocated under the lounge access rules, e.g. my Man-Heathrow-Prague flights in April are all on the same day, all qualify for CE. However, connections to my CW flight to GCM later in the year are on different days to the long-haul segment (we’re flying Man-Heathrow the night before, then as the GCM-Heathrow is overnight, the connection is the following day).

          That’s the only explanation that’s making any sense to me at the moment!

  • Paul says:

    As is normally the case with this airline no courtesy email to advise me that they have changed my seats on my upcoming flight. Fortunately I use
    My flights app and I have an email alert from that showing that I have been moved from row 1 to row 4 on an ucoming flight.
    Note to Bloody Awful BA. I have flight bookings with Garuda later in the year and they have changed twice since being made. On both occasions Garuda emailed me before “my flights ” picked up the change. Something I have never known from BA in any class or any change. It’s pathetic.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      I get a phone call from Qatar but we know BA set a lower bar.

    • the real harry1 says:

      have you disabled/ not enabled emails from BA?

      I get emails about changes incl checking in, flight time changes etc

      • Alan says:

        I almost never get any notification emails from BA, apart from seat bookings (pointless, I know, I’ve just made them!) or the useless ‘before you travel’ ones from a week to many months before travel (timing seems random). Never had any useful ones re flight changes, etc.

    • Tony says:

      Ah, but if you change your seat assignment yourself on ba.com BA sends you an email to inform you that your seat assignment has changed and that I was you who changed it. They don’t go as far as telling you what seat you’ve changed yourself from or to, but hey ho, that’s BA for you.

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