As we mentioned in our article on the new expanded British Airways Summer schedule from Gatwick, Titan Airways will be operating some short haul services on behalf of BA.
Titan Airways has a decent reputation and has substituted for BA before during periods of strike action. This time they are helping British Airways fill the landing and take off slots it bought from Monarch until it can get hold of enough additional aircraft of its own.
The Titan flights are shown very clearly on ba.com. They actually say ‘Titan Airways BAXXXX’ in the booking system, rather than ‘British Airways BAXXXX’.
One quirk is that, if you book such a service using Avios online, there is no Reward Flight Saver offered. This is because they are not treated as British Airways flights.
On most routes this isn’t much of an issue. Looking at Gatwick to Palma, the Titan flights require £36.11 of taxes and charges in Economy compared with £35 Reward Flight Saver on a BA service. If you fly in Business, you save money – the tax is £49.11 vs £50 Reward Flight Saver.
I don’t know whether, if you ring the BA call centre, they can book them for you at the standard RFS rates.
One thing that is not clear is whether, if you pay cash, these services count towards the four British Airways flight segments you need to take each year to retain status. (EDIT: yes they will, say the comments below from people who fly BA codeshares more often than me, which seems to be how these are treated.)
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