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British Airways relaxes the dress code for non-rev (staff ticket) passengers

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According to cabin crew website paddleyourownkanoo, British Airways has decided to let staff chillax when travelling on a non-rev (ie free or heavily discounted staff travel) ticket.  This is in response to the more casual dress codes being adopted by fare-paying passengers.

In every cabin, including First Class, it is now acceptable for off-duty staff to wear:

  • jeans
  • t-shirts
  • casual shoes

BA staff travel uniform

For good or bad, you will NOT be seeing:

  • jeans that are frayed or have holes
  • “overly revealing” clothing
  • sportswear
  • beach clothing (including flip flops)
  • any kind of shorts or sportswear

The internal memo apparently suggests that off-duty staff on a freebie think of “fare paying customers and show sensitivity towards them.”

Of course you MAY want to consider wearing sportswear or flip-flops yourself in order that you are clearly identifiable as a fare-paying customer …..


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Comments (95)

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  • Paul says:

    So the only change is jeans now allowed in first.

    Apart from duty travel, staff travel is not a “freebie”

  • Tom1 says:

    Lloyds upgrade voucher – I have spent £7000 and confirmed on my recent statement – when should I expect to see the voucher? Am I right in thinking it will still currently drop in to my Avios vouchers section?

    Just a bit concerned it will fall in to the black holes.

  • xcalx says:

    OT used the curve card abroad for the first time and have noticed a few hotel holds showing as paid, how long does curve take to refund the holds. Never noticed these holds going to payment on the Amex cards in fact never seen a hold show on Amex

    • Genghis says:

      Never use Curve as the hold, only the charge.

      • xcalx says:

        Thanks.First time user, didn’t realise. Will I have problems getting the holds released. I still don’t get this curve card, only using to build up a history to pay HRMC bills.

    • Dimitri says:

      Could take up to two weeks.

  • Diydegsy says:

    O/T Does anyone know if there is a reward points chart for intercontinental hotels on this site or anywhere. I am looking at the Intercontinental da nang and I thought it was 35k reward points but looks like mow it has gone up to 70k a night, has this changed recently? I may have missed it as I know some hotels when up recently.

  • Matt says:

    Wildly O/T: I’m looking for a new business bank account for my Ltd company (coming to the end of the introductory free banking). I basically need to be able to receive internet banking transfers, pay internet transfers and set up a direct debit to pay off the business credit card. No cash/cheques etc.
    I’ve spotted that Starling Bank have a business account – has anyone got any experience of that?

    • Matt says:

      Though on looking into Starling a bit more I see there can only be one person with significant control of the company, which doesn’t work so well.

    • Lady London says:

      Wildly OT @Matt: Metro Bank are getting less friendly than they were but for Business a lot of small businesses really rate them.

      • Rob says:

        We use Metro Bank, no problems at all. Free banking if you keep in £5k. Not sure if they can handle direct debits as HFP doesn’t have any (the office rent goes on an Amex!).

      • Matt says:

        Good suggestion, thanks. Less friendly?

        • Lev441 says:

          Metro bank is great! We have been with them since NatWest up their fees! They can do everything my old bank could do. The free banking is limited to 50 transactions per month and subject to keeping in £5k.

  • Nick says:

    “Of course you MAY want to consider wearing sportswear or flip-flops yourself in order that you are clearly identifiable as a fare-paying customer …..!”

    Unpacking my flip-flops from my checked bag as I post this!

  • Graeme says:

    I used the lounge at Norwich Airport every month from early 2015 to July 2017 and they accepted Priority Pass for all of that time. If there was a 3 drink limit, it was not enforced on the couple of times I had an extended stay in the lounge 🙂

  • Boi says:

    OT:
    Has anyone used my trip.com? Its coming out significantly cheaper than other booking sites for my flight (£600).

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