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  • ratiom 10 posts

    Let’s say I hold BA Silver/Oneworld Sapphire status and my wife does not. If I book two cash tickets in a single booking via BA (or Oneworld partner) for us, does my wife also get Silver/Sapphire benefits: priority check-in, boarding, baggage etc. I see that BA silver holders can bring 1 guest to Business lounges, but the other scenarios I listed above I cannot find an answer for.

    aso40 53 posts

    Broadly, for benefits on the day of travel you can typically “guest” your wife, although that can vary in application. I think check-in is officially no but likely to be allowed in practice; fast track security depends on the airport (but some allow a guest, especially in the UK); boarding officially yes but depends on the gate agent knowing that (although they rarely enforce groups that well anyway).

    Does not apply to benefits that depend on the booking in advance – e.g. baggage, seat selection (the latter only kicks in at Gold).

    NorthernLass 6,660 posts

    Baggage – no. Priority boarding – yes (it’ll be on your boarding passes), check-in – as long as you present yourself as the lead passenger they won’t be interested in the status of rest of your party.

    yonasl 922 posts

    Check-in on Business counter: yes for all
    Seat selection: yes for all (can select any seat other than emergency on LH)
    Luggage: Yes for all (all get +1 on normal fare)
    Security priority lane: 1 guest
    Lounge: 1 guest

    This can change depending on airline:
    For instance on Iberia, as silver you can buy the cheapest ticket and check-in your luggage for free (something you cannot do on BA where the cheapest ticket does not include luggage). But your companions cannot (this is not always enforced tbh).
    On Cathay only those with status can select a free seat, so you would be able to but she wouldn’t.

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 1,844 posts

    On the same booking she gets the same benefits as you (other than being unable to invite an extra lounge guest)

    This includes check in and security.

    Baggage is specifically mentioned in the “tailored service” section.

    NorthernLass 6,660 posts

    Apologies, I was thinking back to our last economy flight which was AA domestic a few months ago – I was allowed 2 checked as Silver but OH was only allowed one as Bronze.

    ratiom 10 posts

    Thanks all – very helpful.

    aso40 53 posts

    Apologies, I think I misread the original post. I read the “two cash tickets” but missed “single booking”. This answer is much easier – if on the same booking then your wife gets all of your silver benefits automatically. even baggage allowance.

    My answer was for separate bookings, where it is more manual for guesting.

    As noted above full details are here: BA Silver Benefits

    Which includes “ a checked baggage allowance of two pieces in economy for everyone on your booking, except on our Basic fare that is hand baggage only with no check baggage included. This benefit also applies to others travelling with you on the booking.”

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