British Airways Reduces Bag Allowance In Economy Class
Baggage fee hikes continue as this British Airways announced that beginning October 7, international passengers flying economy will only be allowed one free checked bag. The previous, pretty standard way of international checked luggage was to allow each person two checked bags, but now that second will cost ya.
On British, economy class is called "World Traveller" and "World Traveller Plus," and these are the only classes affected. Flying Club World (business) or First Class will still yield the massive allowance of three free checked bags on international flights.
So why the change? British Airways, like many other recession-hit carriers, is smarting from heavy losses and looking for new revenue streams, or in their words: "to address the economic downtown and better reflect changing customer trends." Those changing customer trends might be all in their heads, however, as the LA Times notes that BA's major competitors of Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand are still allowing passengers two checked bags.