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Check-in changes for British Airways Executive Club Bronze members

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When Gatwick Airport reopened the South Terminal a few weeks ago, British Airways took the opportunity to introduce a dedicated World Traveller Plus check-in desk.

The same thing has recently happened at Heathrow Terminal 5. I’m not sure about Terminal 3.

Whilst this has not been widely publicised, British Airways has changed the check-in rules at Heathrow and Gatwick.

Check-in changes for British Airways Bronze members

If you have Bronze status in British Airways Executive Club, you should now check-in at the dedicated World Traveller Plus desks. These can be found in Zone C.

Whilst the signage in Gatwick and Terminal 5 reflects this, ba.com has not yet been updated.

Oddly, this move seems to break oneworld rules. This page of the oneworld alliance website says that ‘oneworld Ruby’ members, which is what BA Bronze is equivalent to, can use business class check-in desks.

Bronze members shouldn’t necessarily see this as a downgrade. I can imagine that a dedicated World Traveller Plus / Bronze area could be quieter than the dedicated Business Class / Silver area.


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Comments (57)

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  • ianM says:

    Pride tickets sold out so not that pricey to put people off

    • Rob says:

      Hilton emailed their UK members about it yesterday so they clearly going to find five people. Looks like three pairs went to HfP readers as they had gone before the Hilton email went.

      It’s actually a good job our readers didn’t take them all or Hilton would have had to scrap its mailout!

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