When I received my monthly mileage statement from British Airways, there was a note regarding their Hand Baggage Only (HBO) fares:
We would like to advise you of the following change to our Hand Baggage Only (HBO) fare.
Please note that for bookings made from 26 March 2015 British Airways will allocate a seat for all customers booking an HBO low fare on a short haul flight with us.
When travelling on these great value fares, your seat will be allocated when check-in opens. Should you wish to change your seat you can pay to do so at that time or alternatively pay to reserve a seat when you book your flight. If you are travelling with an infant on an HBO fare your seat will continue to be allocated at the time of booking. The changes apply to all Executive Club Members booking HBO fares. For all other fares, Bronze Members can continue to select their seat for free 7 days before departure and Silver and Gold Members at the time of booking for free.
We would like to remind customers travelling on HBO fares that only one piece of hand baggage plus a laptop bag or handbag is permitted. Your main piece of hand baggage can be up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 18in x 10in), including the handle, pockets or wheels at a maximum weight of 23kgs (51lbs). Families travelling with small children or infants can also take a collapsible pushchair and one car seat.
If you need any further information regarding our seating policies, please click here.
I’ve never used an HBO fare as all my dealings with British Airways have been for longhaul flights. But HBO fares seem like a nice deal if they apply to you – only now you won’t get to select your seat before check-in time.