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British Airways offering ‘overnight bag drop’ at Heathrow Airport

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British Airways is now publicising the fact that you can check in your bags at Heathrow on the day before you fly.

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Whilst it has only just been added to the website, it appears that this has been quietly offered since last Autumn to anyone who turned up and asked.  British Airways has now decided to make it an official part of its service.

Here are the times it is available, plus times for Gatwick and Edinburgh where it has been offered for a while:

Heathrow Terminal 5 – check-in between 16.00 and 22.00 for flights departing before 13.00 the next day

Heathrow Terminal 3 – service not available

Gatwick South – check-in between 16.00 and 22.00 for flights departing before 13.00 the next day

Edinburgh – check-in between 04.00 and 20.00 (18.00 on Saturdays) for flights departing before 09.30 the next day

It is not available at any other airport at present.  Whether it rolls out further will depend partly on take-up but also on the ability of the airport to handle luggage which is checked in early.

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Comments (181)

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  • Graham says:

    BA have offered this for many years at Gatwick anyway – formerly known as ‘twilight check in’.

    • Waribai says:

      Yes, was about to say this. Very handy until I became a parent!

    • zonk says:

      Yes, this has been available for a long time, and definitely not something that’s only just been added to since August. The new component is the availability of this service at LHR. Have been using it at EDI and LGW for years.

      • Lady London says:

        Was only available to those with status I think. Same as the ability to check in anytime in the same day has been. At one time they were operating a silly rule at T5 that you could check in your bag the night before, but otherwise only max 3 hours before your flight if on the same day unless you had a particular status. Getting refused on that cost BA my following 2 flights which were booked elsewhere.

        • Peter K says:

          No BA status but flying club world and club Europe allowed night before drop off at Gatwick. I don’t know about flying economy from there.

        • Lady London says:

          I only did it at T5. Unfortunately have never flown out of LGW on BA.

  • Craig says:

    Twilight bag drop is fairly old school now, resort check in is where it’s at!

    • Tom says:

      Yes, I use that whilst staying at the Hilton London Gatwick Beach Resort all the time!

  • Jenni says:

    We have used this for years at Gatwick. EasyJet also offer this there.

  • Chuck says:

    Curious regarding the final pic … what are those
    beige pots for do you think ? Maybe we can have a competition ? I’ll start with toddler restraining units !!

    • Peter K says:

      It’s the lounge toilet facilities. They have taken cues from ancient Roman culture.

  • Barbs says:

    Twilight check in from BA and other airlines who offered it from Gatwick has been around for years, I made use of it if I had an early flight I just want to jump on the plane on the day without the hassle of check-in.

  • Tom says:

    OT. Amex Platinum Insurance – I don’t think I am covered for the 24 hour delay at Heathrow yesterday, as on a reward ticket and I probably paid for the taxes on my BAPP

    So what I need to know is how good is this insurance if I didn’t pay with the Platinum card?

    Am I actually covered for anything whilst away?

    I guess I don’t really understand it in these circumstances.

    Long and stressful day yesterday and still at LHR having got my third and fourth boarding passes in order to get to Miami. Hopefully we’ll get there today…..

    • Stu N says:

      You’re covered by Platinum insurance if you paid with for any Amex card in your name.

      BA should cover overnight expenses and subsistence during any delay, but you won’t get compensation for delays as weather related.

    • Andrew says:

      Amex Platinum insurance covers you as long as you pay on a personal Amex issued Amex card in your name – so you are still covered if you pay on BA Amex. Weather isn’t excluded on the policy either, so you should be able to claim for out of pocket expenses such as overnight hotel.

      • Shoestring says:

        you obvs can’t claim twice for the same expenses & Amex are going to tell you to claim subsistence/ hotel etc from BA under duty of care

        but doesn’t Plat also have some minor compo for delays?

  • Shoestring says:

    [If you are shorthaul flying to/from London Heathrow or London Gatwick on Sunday, February 9 or Monday, February 10, and wish to change your plans, you can rebook your date of travel to another flight to the same destination to another time from Monday February 10 to Thursday February 13, 2020, inclusive.

    If you are flying to/from London City on Sunday, February 9, and wish to change your plans, you can rebook your date of travel to another flight to the same destination to another time up from Monday February 10, 2020 to Thursday February 13, 2020, inclusive.]

  • Claire says:

    Excellent news re bag drop. Have used at gatwick and will now do same this august for our trip to new york. Is it a special area as we are going in first for first time courtesy of a ba 2 for 1 and looking forward to the dedicated check in area. Thanks

    • Anna says:

      Have a fabulous time, Claire. We did exactly the same last May, I don’t know if it was to do with our arrival time (about 17.30) but we were first in the immigration queue and at the pick up stop for our car transfer within 10 minutes of landing!

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