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What are the various British Airways fare classes?

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What are the different British Airways fare classes and what do BA’s fare classes mean?

You may think that airline tickets are only divided into three or four categories: economy, premium economy, business and first class. Unfortunately, airline fares are significantly more complicated, and many airlines operate twenty or more different ticket classes! In this post we’ll be decoding what your British Airways fare class means and how it affects you.

What are the British Airways fare classes?

To complicate matters further, each airline runs its own lettering system – so this guide only applies to British Airways.

British Airways divides its tickets in nine different ways, often offering ‘lowest’ and ‘flexible’ tickets in each cabin class. Each of these categories comes with at least one designation letter, though some come with many more. Here’s the full list, including how many Avios you will earn if your ticket falls into that category:

Economy lowest – Q, O, G – 25% Avios of miles flown

Economy low – K, L, M, N, S, V – 50% Avios

Economy flexible – Y, B, H – 100% Avios

Premium Economy lowest – E, T – 100% Avios

Premium Economy flexible – W – 150% Avios

Business lowest – R, I – 150% Avios

Business flexible – J, C, D – 250% Avios

First lowest – A – 250% Avios

First flexible – F – 300% Avios

Fare classes come with different rules such as hand baggage allowances, and each fare class also has a different Avios earning rate.

Unlike many airlines, British Airways does not have a dedicated ticket bucket for Avios redemptions.

How do I know what fare class my BA ticket is?

British Airways make it easy to see your fare class. Once you have selected your flights and cabin class, you will be directed to a summary page with a link to ‘flight details’. Your fare class will be displayed on the pop-up.

Alternatively, you can see your fare class in ‘Manage My Booking’. Under the flight details drop down, there is a link to ‘More Flight Information’, which triggers a pop-up with the aircraft type, flight duration and other flight details and your ‘selling class’, which is you fare class.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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